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 expected to apply your image-making skills to a series of externally generated projects and tasks. These will include local and national project briefs, alongside selected competitions and personally generated tasks with a wide range of outcomes and deadlines. Engagement with these opportunities will support your experience and mirror the external world of the professional practitioner. Subsequently, you will design and undertake your own personal negotiated project(s), that will complete a body of specialised work forming a portfolio/website that will attract potential clients, purchasers and collaborators.
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 Visual Communication in a wide range of related roles, contributing to raising the quality and standard of contemporary work within this area of the Creative Industries. Graduates have also successfully established themselves within community arts, teaching and residencies.