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Level: 6

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 34

Hours: 12.00

Start: 07/09/2020

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Tuition (£): 6500.00*

Adult Loan Amount: 6500.00****

Interview: N

Course Summary

The BA (Hons) Creative Practice Level 6 top-up is a brand new 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 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.

This one-year programme allows students who have completed the two-year FdA 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.

A note on delivery during the Covid 19 pandemic:

We are planning that our teaching, learning and assessment for 2020/21 will be both online and face to face. Each module will take a unique approach that best supports you in achieving the learning and assessments. You will be part of a variety of online lectures, discussions, tutorials and activities. You will have access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where a range of resources and activities will be provided. You will engage with your peers and teachers via Microsoft Teams, partaking in a range of planned sessions. 

Practical sessions and activities that take place on campus will be undertaken adhering to the current government guidelines. You will be provided with access to specialist equipment and spaces to best support your learning and prepare you for any required assessments. 

At times, we may be required to change our plans in order to comply with Government guidelines. If we make changes, you will be kept up to date via announcements through your course VLE.

Entry requirements

You need to have successfully completed the two-year FdA 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 highlighted within the “Project Management and Creative Practice” module.

They will also need to project-manage their show; it is expected that it 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 show-reel that students can take into industry with them.

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 student need.

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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