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
You will be able to use your showreel to begin your career as a freelance illustrator-animator, or to work in-house for related media and design houses or multi-media production companies. Graduates are also equipped for a broad range of roles in the creative industries as technicians, demonstrators and teachers, or may progress to further study as part of an MA programme.