The FD Creative Practice is a brand new full-time programme validated by The Open University. It marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between Derby College Group and the 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 allows 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 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.
The broad nature of the course means that it could lead to a wide range of jobs in various industrial areas, from graphic design, photography and film to composition, production and fashion.
On completion of this two-year FD, students can then progress to the one-year Level 6 top-up and claim a full BA (Hons) degree.
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
You need a minimum of 112 UCAS points from creative Level 3 programmes (either A-levels or vocational routes).
Applicants will be considered without formal qualifications if they can demonstrate equivalent industrial experience.
Students will also need to take part in an audition or be prepared to show a portfolio/showreel.
Each of the two years of the FD has a theme which runs through each of the practical and theoretical units.
The first year allows students to take a ‘snapshot’ of practitioners within their discipline and beyond. Students will reflect on how their work fits into the wider creative landscape by gaining a grounding in how the creative industries are structured, regulated and funded. Students will reflect on how change in creative practice has been driven, and will continue to be affected, by the digital revolution. The end of Level 4 will culminate in a creative symposium or event that showcases students’ creative work in a way that is collaborative. Students who successfully complete this year will be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education.
The second year forces students to push the boundaries of their creative practice and expand their own skills and competencies through study of “Creative Practice and Creative Techniques”. Students will examine practitioners within their fields that are on the creative fringes by engaging with “Critique and Analysis” which will highlight not only self-approaches to creative work but also the impact on culture and society.
They will also study the monetisation of creative work, and the relationship between creativity and commerce, through “Entrepreneurial and Business” modules. This will culminate in another end-of-year symposium or show that will be creatively more adventurous in terms of content, themes or potential commercial value.
Students will take control of the marketing of this event by engaging with the modules in “Marketing” and “Experimental Practitioner Event” and will gain first-hand experience of attracting an audience to creative works that are more challenging. Students who successfully complete this year in addition to Year 1 will be eligible for a Foundation Degree.
Students who successfully complete the two years of the FD can progress to the one-year Level 6 top-up and claim the full BA (Hons) Creative Practice.
In the current climate, delivery will be mixed between face-to-face and online.
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.
The cost of the course is £6500 per year. 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.
Students can progress to the one-year Level 6 BA (Hons) Creative Practice top-up.
Students could progress into industry, either with an employer or as a freelance creative practitioner.
Guitarist and drummer Richard Mylemans has found that studying on Derby College’s Creative Practice foundation degree has stretched his interpretation of what music is.
Richard, who is 20 and from Allestree, likes the way the full-time course brings together different strands of the creative arts, teaching him about more than music.
The foundation degree, at the College’s Joseph Wright Centre, is designed to promote collaboration among arts students and broaden their skills.
Richard said: “At the moment I’m completing a digital technology assignment. It’s about how how digital technology assists us in the recording studio and how it’s used in editing and producing sounds. Our course content is good. It looks at other fields, in this case computer technology, and how they work with the creative arts.”
In another example of how the various subject strands complement each other, Richard drew on both his artistic and musical talents to make a poster and produce an audio piece for an events planning assignment.
Richard is not sure yet what he wants to do after college but is pleased to be among the first cohort of students on the new foundation degree, which is validated by the Open University.
He started learning the guitar at school but also took up drumming after a friend gave him a one-off lesson on the drums. Richard initially came to Derby College to study level 2 music then moved on to level 2 creative media then level 3 music.
He added: “I’m not in a band but I have played guitar with my uncle and cousin at charity and charity gigs. I’ve also played a few gigs at college as part of my course assignments and tasks.
I’d say my music choices are down to what mood I’m in but if I had to choose a favourite, I’d say rock’n’roll.”
Our course content is good. It looks at other fields, in this case computer technology, and how they work with the creative arts.