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Level: 6

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 34

Hours: 12.00

Start: 19/09/2023

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 6500.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Adult Loan Amount: 6500.00****

Interview: N

Course Summary

The BA (Hons) Creative Practice Level 6 top-up is a brand new full-time programme that marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between Derby College Group and The Open University.

As part of this unique programme, students will work with subject specialists in one of four strands (music, performing arts, media and art/fashion) to develop their technical and creative skills and knowledge in their chosen discipline. Students will then use these skills to collaborate with students from other disciplines to enhance their creative work and develop employability skills.

This collaboration sets the course apart from other more specialist degrees and gives students the opportunity to broaden their set of skills, to cultivate good working relationships with other creative professionals, and to develop a comprehensive portfolio of work that is ready to show to potential clients in industry.

As well as having the opportunity to take part in vibrant practical projects, students will learn skills and knowledge that are essential to succeed in an industry that is one of the fastest growing areas of the economy. Students will learn how the creative industries are structured, funded and governed, and crucially how to be work-ready in an industry where nearly half of all practitioners are self-employed.

This one-year programme gives students who have completed the two-year FD Creative Practice the opportunity to 'top-up' their qualification to a full BA (Hons). Applications will also be considered from external candidates who have completed a Level 5 qualification elsewhere and who have equivalent industry experience.

More information and guidance on studying HE courses at Derby College Group, including the Open University regulations, can be found at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/university-higher-education-undergraduate 

More information from the OU on their partnerships can be found at: https://www.open.ac.uk/about/validation-partnerships/sites/www.open.ac.uk.about.validation-partnerships/files/files/A-Z/OU-Students-Guide-19-20.pdf 

Entry requirements

You need to have successfully completed the two-year FD Creative Practice programme or another equivalent Level 5 programme in a creative discipline.

Applicants will be considered without formal qualifications if they can demonstrate equivalent industrial experience.

External applicants will also need to take part in an audition or be prepared to show a portfolio/showreel.

Course Content

The one-year BA (Hons) top-up is largely concerned with students’ final symposium or show, which they will entirely project-manage. Students will be required to clearly demonstrate their creative process through thorough research and the development of their ideas, as highlighted within the “Project Management and Creative Practice” module.

They will also need to project-manage their show; it is expected that this will take place in an external venue. This will give students the opportunity to hone their creative and commercial skills, and will provide ample material for a comprehensive showreel that students can take into industry with them.



BA Hons Creative Practice Top Up PS.pdf

Creative Practice Course Handbook Final.pdf

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through a range of practical projects, group projects, academic writing and presentation work. Other assessment methods may be used to better meet students' needs.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The cost of the course is £6500. Most prospective students can apply for a loan through Student Finance to cover this cost.

Students may need to provide their own materials for specific projects or purposes.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Students can progress to postgraduate study.


Students could progress into industry with an employer or as a freelance practitioner, backed by the extensive portfolio of creative work that has been generated throughout the programme.

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This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Jamie Holmes

Jamie Holmes

Weaving a success story in textile design

Peak Award winner Jamie Holmes showed there are no barriers to success if you have genuine creative talent. Profoundly deaf, Jamie joined the College from the Royal School for the Deaf and was supported by a signer throughout his studies.
He excelled on his Art and Design Diploma, specialising in fashion and textiles, and now has a place studying Textile Design at Huddersfield University – with his sights set on a future career in the creative industries. At our 2014 Peak Awards, Jamie won the Visual Arts prize, sponsored by Maber Associates Ltd, for his determination and willingness to improve.

When I first started at College, I was really lacking in confidence but I had so much help and support that I really found myself and I am looking forward to making the most of university.


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