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We are a vibrant and growing team of practitioners and researchers building an international reputation in art and design education.

Founded in 1854, the school has long been known for its art and design practice and the application of that practice to pedagogy. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 85% of staff entered were judged to be internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The research community is based within a focused art and design school environment that is proud of its history but not dominated by it.

Sion Hill Campus

Sion Hill Campus

Staff research interests align with the subject spread offered by the school; well-known courses in fine art, graphics, fashion and textiles have recently been joined by photography and three dimensional design. There is a growing postgraduate culture in the school, with a range of Masters courses – some of which have AHRC bursaries – and an active PhD community. In the UK government’s research assessment exercise RAE 2008 many staff scored 3* and 4* indicating an international standard of research practice.

The school has established research centres in the areas of Contemporary Art, Ceramics, and Fashion & Textiles, with emerging areas of interdisciplinary inquiry in

Performance, Material, Process

The rich connections by which artists understand material, its nature and epistemology and how their art works with audiences and the discourse of art. The relationship between designer and maker, artist and made work is explored by a number of staff and is linked into our new undergraduate degree that explores idea, material, object.

Artist/Maker, Pedagogy and Public Realm

All works of art generate a need to consider the relationship to audience, but we are particularly interested in how the artist’s practice relates to audiences, both academically and through their practice. The aim is to understand the work and outcomes when artists go into schools or adult learning, into museums and galleries, into residencies and the public realm as interlocutors, protagonists and polemicists.

Utopics and Reimagining Place

We are interested in exploring the question of the utopian, the referencing of the Romantic landscape construct, the questioning of historicised representation of place, the ‘real location’ as surrogate and metaphor.

Our people are supported in their research through funding support for teaching alleviation, travel and materials. Research symposia, a school gallery and the school’s own publishing imprint ‘The Wunderkammer Press’ help our researchers explore, debate and expose their ideas. We are keen to keep developing this culture of curiosity and inquiry in art and design.

If you feel you could contribute and lead in these areas of inquiry or have a burning area of inquiry of your own that you feel would suit Bath School of Art & Design and allow us to keep growing our international reputation and profile, then please apply.

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