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BA Hons (Top-up) Contemporary Art and Design Practice (UCAS: WR21)

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Calderdale College is in the heart of a thriving and vibrant creative community. This one year top-up degree programme will be embedded into the creative scene in Calderdale whilst extending and applying specialist knowledge in a range of art and design practices. The aim of the course is to first and foremost deliver a higher vocational education course that prepares the learner for employment within your chosen discipline and industry.


The delivery of this art and design qualification allows graduates to emerge with a degree award that develop their skills and knowledge. Using the modules to expand and gain discipline led explorations and experimentation to complete a qualification that has purposefully impacted on personal and professional development.


Content will be delivered in a variety of formats including, but not limited to; lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops, self-directed projects and independent study supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Course Leader profile

Yve Houghton

I have an M.A. in Fashion and Textiles and gained my PGCE in 2004. I have worked extensively in the design industry as a Design Manager and Head of Design, and have been running my own textile design consultancy for many years, working with numerous blue chip companies including: Hilton Group, BT, Barclays Bank, Sheraton Hotels, Akzo Nobel, Renault, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Dorchester Hotel, Skoda, International Wool Secretariat, Japanese Embassy (London), United Distillers, Peel Holdings (Trafford Centre) and Tate and Lyle to name a few. I have also collaborated with prominent designers and artists including Jeff Banks, Peter Howson, Michael Sodeau and Paolo Gucci. I have spent 15 years as a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess a HND or Foundation Degree FdA (240 Credits) in a subject area commensurate with the programme. Equivalent accreditation (240 Credits) from attending an art and design related course e.g. successful completion of a Level 5 at degree including evidence of achievement in historical and critical study comparable to Merit grade HND or FdA. An applicant lacking the specified entry requirements may be assessed for Accredited Prior Learning (APL) on the basis of either other relevant academic qualifications in addition to successful completion of an HND/FdA/Pertinant Professional/Work Related Experience.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

The modules of study on this course include: Creative Exploration (20 Credits) Focus Project (20 Credits) Professional Practice and Employability (20 Credits) Major Project (60 Credits)

Does the course lead to a qualification?

BA Hons Contemporary Art and Design Practice

How is the course assessed?

All modules and learning outcomes are assessed by the submission of coursework assignments and/or practical work at the end of semesters 1 and 2

Are there any opportunities for progression?

A range of postgraduate study options are available dependent on grades via the UCAS Website. A PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education is offered by Calderdale College in association with Huddersfield University. Students completing the Top Up programme can progress into a vast range of career options within the arts industry including textiles, fine art, graphics and illustration. Graduates will be able to practice locally, nationally and internationally - designing, making, showing and selling their work as well as pursuing employment within the creative industries. Career options can be progressed through links within the galleries, design companies, community projects, teaching opportunities and digital networking


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: WR21
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 9 hours per week
  • Days: TBC
  • Start Time: TBC
  • End Time: TBC
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: £8000. Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 for further information. All full time higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. All part time higher education students should contact our guidance team on 01422-399367 for advice and guidance on course fees.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professional Manager
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: BA Hons Top-up
  • Qualification Name: BA Honours Contemporary Art and Design Practice - Level 6
  • Awarding Body: Open University

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