BA (Hons) top-up Visual Arts

Start date(s):
11 Sep 2017
1 year
Level 6
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Full Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
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Explore visual art forms such as drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, printmaking, and photography, and gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in this exciting industry.

You will learn through creative studio based activities, leading to negotiated imaginative outcomes, alongside self-initiated briefs, which you set, ensuring you can focus on the development of your personal style and portfolio.

One-to-one tuition, group tutorials and critiques in a practical, academic and pastoral capacity will form the basis of your time in college. Small group sizes ensure access to mixed media spaces and industry standard Apple Mac resources for personal and professional development.


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Our students have access to spacious Art rooms, studio spaces, print rooms, Mac suites, and specialist equipment. 


Encourage development of professional, innovative and creative outcomes in a supportive work-related learning environment.

Engage in academic activities and negotiated projects, as simulated or live client briefs, underpinned by personalised learning and individual focus.

Promote engagement in industry focussed work, supporting the acquisition of professional skills relevant to employment or freelance opportunities within the creative industries.


The programme contains three modules:

Professional Context:
Fast paced creative activities, opportunity for freelance, live work and work placements.

Visual Arts Research Study:
Self-initiated and creatively designed in-depth research study on a topic of your choice.

Final Major Project:
Set your own self-initiated final major project(s) focussed on enhancing your personal style, opportunity for freelance, live work and work placements.


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

You could progress to a master's degree or become employed / self-employed in this varied industry.

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Entry Criteria

Applicants should be working towards, or have attained, a level 5 qualification (HND / FdA / international equivalent 120 ECTS Credits) in a design related discipline.

All applicants must be interviewed with an art and design based portfolio (international applicants via internet/email respectfully).

Additional entry criteria:
Evidence of appropriate creative experience or employment within the creative industries.

All applicants must be interviewed with an art and design based portfolio (international applicants via internet/email respectfully).