The top-up degree has been designed for students who have successfully completed an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full BA honours qualification. This flexible way of studying allows students from other institutions the opportunity to join our existing 3rd year BA (Hons) students for the final year. It also provides a natural progression route for students completing one of our own foundation degrees.
You will be encouraged to develop your thinking and understanding to become an independent and critically aware practitioner in your chosen field. This will include undertaking a major piece of theoretical work, as well as improving your technical and creative skills through a programme of negotiated projects. You’ll also be expected to exhibit, take up live briefs and competitions, together with any opportunities that will improve your understanding of the creative industries and your own professional development. In the majority of our HE courses, there will opportunities to exhibit at a national level at major events such as New Designers.
These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details
Progression and Careers
Generally, students who successfully complete the course progress to become professional practitioners within the field of Applied Arts and Crafts, contributing to raising the quality and standard of contemporary work within this area of the Creative Industries. Graduates have also successfully established themselves in community arts, teaching and residencies. Others decide to continue with their studies at Postgraduate level.
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Graduate Showcase 2015
Graduate Showcase 2014