BA(Hons) Interactive Arts

Validating Body: University of Wales
Location: Caerleon Campus
Number of Places: 35
Grant: Mandatory
Application Procedure: UCAS Code W920 BA/IAMAD
Duration: 6 Semesters 3 Years Full-Time

This radical and innovative degree has a growing reputation for the connections it develops between a wide range of media and disciplines. Students work in the plastic and spatial arts with the technologies of interactive software, telecommunications, rob otics and electronics in the development of new interfaces and interactive installations.


Art has been the subject of more explosive experimentation in the last twenty years than in almost any other period. Not only have the preconceptions about art and artist been overturned; whole new media and areas of artistic activity have been pioneered, especially since the advent of such technology as the personal computer, Xerox, video, lasers and modular electronics. As these new mediums are not exclusive to the art world, artists have seized the opportunity to work alongside a broad spectrum of tech nologists and designers. This cross-disciplinary work, is emerging in a variety of new non-art contexts, as well as the more traditional art environments of the gallery and museum.
Interactive Arts, is an exploratory and innovative degree, which develops connections between a wide range of media and disciplines. Students undertaking this course work in the plastic and spatial arts along with the technologies of interactive software, telecommunications, robotics and electronics in the development of new interfaces and interactive installations. The course also actively encourages collaborations with outside agencies in the development of publicly sited projects.
Interactive Arts is for students who wish to explore the emerging new contexts for art practice and to develop and shape the new interfaces that will inform the visual environment in the next millennium.


This course consists of three levels. Each level consist of one year of full time study.

Level One

The Level one programme is preparatory in nature and the core programme introduces students to the three key concepts of this course - Systems, Interfaces and Audience. Art in the Electronic Age underpins the core programme and is supported by common tech nical and study skills modules. In semester two, students have the opportunity to take a directed option module in Multimedia and Design Futures.

Level Two

The level two core programme enables students to propose, negotiate and publicly present site-specific installations, events, performances and artworks in sites and contexts outside the college environment. Through Professional Studies students broaden th eir experience and understanding of professional practice in the British, European and International art field. Students have the opportunity to enter a wide range of competitions and festivals. The directed option and theory programme builds upon complem entary interests and understanding relevant to the historical and contemporary practice and contextualisation of interactive art.

Level Three

The principle focus of the level three core practice and discourse programme is 'Future Worlds' (production of models, prototypes and proposals) and 'Real Worlds' (the synthesis and contextualisation of both practical and theoretical work at a professiona l level).The level three programme is regarded as a professional year in which students undertake a programme of modules which lead to the production of a major body of work. Students also choose to produce either an academic dissertation or an academic s upporting document. Advanced workshops continue to offer professional production skills.


This is a continuous assessment scheme which offers grades and credits for each module. Successful completion of all appropriate modules within a level is a prerequisite for entry to a subsequent level. There are three certificated exit points leading to the award of: Certificate, Diploma of Higher Education or BA(Hons) Degree, Credit gained in modules can be transferred through the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme.


See here for general requirements.


Selection is based on either the submission of a portfolio of work and/or an interview as appropriate, where the interests and motivation of students are discussed. Staff will be looking for creative ability, strength of ideas, innovation and intellectual competence.


Opportunities for work in Media, Design and Multimedia Industries, Environmental and Redevelopment Schemes, freelance commission and further post-graduate study.


Contact the University Information Centre on 01633 432432
or Course Leader Pete Appleton on 01633 430088

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