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Course overview

The BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice (Top-Up) course is taught by experienced industry professionals and has been designed specifically for students who have completed a Foundation Degree/HND (or equivalent) with a subject specialism in a Creative Industries area and who wish to achieve an Honours Degree. Building on previous experiences, the course includes industry-focussed assignments and personal and professional development, and enables the production of an employment-orientated subject specific portfolio. Available course pathways include:
> Graphic Design
> Illustration
> Photography
> Fine Art
> Fashion
> Textiles and Surface Pattern
> Design Craft
The structure and content of each course is designed to enable exploration of a specialist Creative Industries subject area in the context of relevant professional practice.
During the course you will build upon your skills in problem solving and will be encouraged to continue to explore, experiment and resolve creative briefs, employing traditional or contemporary approaches in producing individual solutions. In addition to developing practical skills and knowledge, your communication, presentation and professional collaboration skills will be developed.
Studying at this level involves individual direction of your time: you will be expected to be self-disciplined and highly motivated. Independence, originality and professionalism are all encouraged. This stage prepares you for your chosen profession or course of study at postgraduate level.
Your final module enables you to participate in a process of challenging and extending the remit of your subject within broader social and cultural contexts. You will experience a mix of lectures and training, practical workshops, seminars, structured lessons and tutorials locally, regionally and nationally.

What else do I need to know?

You will have access to a range of specialist workshops including ceramics, 3D and print. You will also have access to industry standard Apple Macs running Adobe Creative suite, both in and outside of timetabled studio sessions.

What are the entry requirements?

Typically, you will need to have completed a relevant HND or Foundation Degree in an Art & Design subject. All prospective students will be interviewed by specialist staff. It is essential that a portfolio of work is brought to interview.

How is it assessed?

This programme is assessed by highly experienced lecturing staff against criteria and standards set by Staffordshire University. The team will give you detailed verbal feedback on an ongoing basis as well as formal end of module summative feedback and grades. Peer assessment will be a major factor and we believe that the breadth of specialisms undertaken with the top up programme will genuinely enrich your appreciation of issues within your own specialist area.

What financial support is on offer?

The fee shown is the total fee per year of the course
There are two types of loans to help students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £25,000. If you earn £27,000 a year you will repay £2,000 a year or £15 a month (nine per cent of the £2,000 earned above £25,000). Maintenance loans are only available to students studying on a full-time basis. They are not available for students studying on a part-time basis. For full details visit

What can I do next?

You could progress onto postgraduate study at university or you could seek employment in a wide range of careers role within your subject specialism.

How do I find out more?

Please contact course leader, Jayne Littlehales;