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BA (Hons) Creative Practice (Top Up)

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.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Art and Design
Higher Education
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 6
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Joseph Wright Centre

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Course Information for Students

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:

More information from the OU on their partnerships can be found at: 

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.


BA Hons Creative Practice Top Up PS.pdf

Creative Practice Course Handbook Final.pdf

You will learn on-site 

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.

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.

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.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Arts Officers, Producers and Directors


Arts Officers, Producers and Directors




Product, Clothing and Related Designers


Product, Clothing and Related Designers




Actors, Entertainers and Presenters


Actors, Entertainers and Presenters

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:51 pm