Ba (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice – Top Up from Foundation Degree

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Stockport College


Course Overview

Maybe you have just completed an HND or an FdA and you want to top up to an honours degree with a difference. Maybe you are a returner to education after a gap? The BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice course aims to convert the enthusiasm you have for your creative specialism into a viable career. Because the art school at Stockport is steeped in previous success and has an impressive global alumni we can draw on current, up to date and relevant experience… and we do. Come to one of our bi-annual ALUMNIGHT events in Manchester and see for yourself. If your skills are in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation or Fine Art practice and you want a course that encourages collaboration and is industry focused. Check us out now.

Further Details


University Level

Course Start Date


Course Duration



Art & Design

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:
Applicants having successfully completed a Foundation degree, an HND or a Diploma in HE in a relevant subject.

The Contemporary Creative Practice L6 top-up is a flexible and dynamic course that strives to produce graduates with the same qualities. Employment in the wider creative industries demands individuals with flair, the ability to team work and collaborate coupled with the capacity to work independently and to adapt to a working environment that changes quickly. You will hone and develop your skills in visual communication, graphic design, illustration, animation or fine art practice. Employment opportunities are rich and varied. Our alumni are all over the world working as graphic designers, illustrators, art directors, animators or film-makers, fine artists, photographers or working in TV production. You can also take up a place on Masters programmes or other postgraduate study, including teaching in primary, secondary or post compulsory education.

Whilst there are no formal examinations – We usde a wide range of assessment methods throughout the course. You will also be encouraged to assess and evaluate your own progress and the work of others as part of your studies. The course values the ability to reflect on learning and to use assessment as a tool to improve and get better. You will receive regular verbal and written feedback throughout the year culminating in key assessment points when summative* feedback in provided.

*Summative assessment is where you recieve a mark for your work.

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice.

You might be expected to visit events as part of your Level 6 studies that would sometimes require extra cost. There is an annual residential to an International destination which whilst not compulsary is strongly recommended. Previous desitnations have included Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Barcelona and New York.

The total course fee is £8,200.

Current modules on this programme are:
Semester 1: Theory and Practice. This module builds on the foundations of theory and creative practice established in your previous education. You will frame your work in contemporary contexts, competitions or live projects delivered in collaboration with external agencies or creative partners. There will always be a continuing focus on your future creative aspirations. Employability is central so you are asked to consider the relationship of your own practice to the diverse and emerging creative industries. The theory element of this module aims to showcase your critical writing. You will plan and write an extended, independent research project. Working with academic supervision, you will consider subject areas that may or may not link to your practice. This writing will then be packaged into a designed publication.
Semester 2: The Empty Module. This Module is an ‘empty’ space for you to be active agents in choosing how it is filled and connects to your future aspirations. A flexible and innovative approach to solving problems and working with ideas to produce exciting and challenging outcomes is encouraged. It is a space where working across disciplines, alongside others in an interdisciplinary mode is also encouraged.
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