Creative Arts with Art & Design Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree
Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time

Course Overview

Integrating traditional and digital art and design practices, this programme prepares you for progression and employment in the creative industries. UCAS Code: WR19

During the programme you will take part in workshops, live projects and client briefs. You will undertake personal projects through an exploration of a wide range of media, processes and techniques that allow you to creatively develop your knowledge, skills to produce creative work.

Sessions will include specialist workshops that will be delivered by visiting practitioners. You will also take part in group critiques, exhibitions and visits to support your studies.

The College’s partnership with Dean Clough Galleries and the Arts Charity Dean Clough gives extra opportunities to engage with practicing artists who form part of the exciting and creative arts community at the Dean Clough site.

Throughout the 2 year programme you will study 9 modules which are designed to underpin your creative practice. You will use the design cycle, developing ideas through visual analysis and communication, supported by your research. The course uses a combination of directed and personal briefs which will develop your core skills, enabling you to identify and refine specialist skills and knowledge across digital and traditional approaches. Year 2 modules have been designed to create a more individualised learning experience that allows you to explore your creative talent and specialist pathway.

As a University Centre student, you will have access to traditional and digital facilities to develop your responses to project briefs and objectives. You have access to specialist equipment and workshops to develop individual and personal specialisms. Through these activities you will develop your skills and knowledge supporting you to progress to the BA Contemporary Art and Design Practice top-up year or into employment.

Level 4 Modules 

Working in the Creative Industries

Traditional and Digital Material Practice

Working Methods, sources and References

Individual Project

Level 5 Modules

Specialist Contextual in the Creative Industries

Traditional and Digital Material Practice Personal Pathway

Working  in the Creative Industries (2)

Final Major Project: Advanced Specialist Skills/Exhibition

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Start Date

September 2024

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This course will be a natural progression from the BTEC Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Access to HE or A Levels in a related subject.

Applications from mature students are welcome and need to be supported by a portfolio of work.

All applicants will be interviewed with a portfolio of relevant work and will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment


On successful completion of the Foundation Degree students will have the opportunity to progress to our BA Contemporary Art and Design Practice top-up year, to gain a full honours degree.

The career paths within the creative industries that you can progress into are vast and include Fashion, Textiles or Surface Pattern Designers, Printmakers, Graphic Designers and Illustrators.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed throughout the course by completing a portfolio of digital and traditional work, with written evaluations and sketchbooks.

Before you hand-in or present a final piece of work there is usually an opportunity for a discussion with your tutor in a one-to-one tutorial. You will be encouraged to submit or present your work-in-progress to your tutor – which will not be graded – to see whether you are on the right lines. There is usually a limit to the amount of feedback that your tutor can give you – please ask them about this. 

Your assessed work will go through a process of internal moderation and then will be checked by an externally appointed person called an external examiner. At each stage this means that marking and grading is checked and may be adjusted. 

Course Fees

£7950 per year

Eligible to receive the £500 University Centre Bursary in Year 1

All 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. 

The University Centre has a HE Hardship Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties. 

Additional information on fees and funding

Awarding Body

This award is validated by The Open University.

Creative Arts with Art & Design Foundation Degree

Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
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