The top-up degree has been designed for students who have successfully completed a 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 their 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 will 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. There will also be 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 Jewellery, 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.