The newly developed degree BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change is in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University and you can apply for 2024 entry here.

Created as a response to the climate and ecological emergency, the BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change is designed to foster confidence, creativity, critical thinking and emotional intelligence You will gain the ability to communicate and collaborate with peers in order to imagine – and deliver – far-reaching changes to current systems.


BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology, and Systems Change

Course Overview

Black Mountains College offers a single degree programme. It’s called BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change. It is an interdisciplinary programme combining a grounding in theories of change, creative practice based on artistic methods, ecological thinking, political economy and sociotechnical systems.

Year 1: The first year of your three-year programme focuses on the question: How can we learn in a changing world?
You will learn about how humans have treated the Earth historically and imagine alternative futures.
The first year is composed of six mandatory core modules in three areas:
• Systems Change
• Learning how to learn
• Creative Practice

Year 2: Focuses on the question: How can we address some of the world’s most urgent challenges?
In this year you will consolidate the learning from year one and start to build your specialisms in context and practice.
In addition to the mandatory modules, you will choose one option from:
• Agroecology for Food System Transformation
• Sociotechnical Systems for Future Generations
• Creative Practice

Year 3: Will be structured around a question of your choice, arising out of your studies in Years 1 and 2, and the specialisms you have chosen in Year 2.
You will pursue your question through an Individual Research Project and in a module that allows you to undertake a work placement, civic engagement project or create a new venture in a related field. The module ‘What next? Global and Local Systems Change’, will help you frame your aspirations after graduation within the context of global and local developments, and to develop a portfolio (including a CV, social media profile, presentation skills and introduction to relevant networks) that will prepare you for life after your degree

Entry Requirements

We have an open admissions policy designed to encourage the widest possible access and participation for those that would like to enter higher education. Admission is based on portfolios and interviews, not grades alone. We look for potential to contribute to change, not prior achievement.


Apply on UCAS

Full instructions are detailed online and help is available at:

Find us on UCAS: Cardiff Metropolitan University/Black Mountains College – BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology, and Systems Change

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We can support you in completing your application form directly, or if you’re ready and know that BMC is for you please fill in a direct application form below:

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You will need to submit a reference alongside your application – your reference should be provided by someone who knows you academically or professionally (not a friend or relative) and can comment on relevant skills, experiences, and attributes. Click here to download a reference form

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