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
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.
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.
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. 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 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.
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.