Creative Arts with Contemporary Art & Design BA (Hons) top-up

BA (Hons)
Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time

Course Overview

You’ll be based in a studio space nestled alongside the Dean Clough gallery, with a thriving community of practicing artists on your doorstep, and exposure to the professional art world. UCAS Code: WR21

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.

The modules of study on this course include:

  • Creative Focus (40 Credits)
  • Professional Practice and Employability (20 Credits)
  • Major Project  (60 Credits)
  •         OR
  • Professional Practice Teaching (20 Credits) AND Final Major Project Teaching

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.

  • Click HERE for the programme specification
  • For a full list of the University Centre’s regulations and policies please click HERE
  • Click HERE for The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards

Start Date

September 2024

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

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 & 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 at HND or FD.

The University Centre actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning. You must show how the learning you have already completed matches the learning that is required on the programme you are applying for. 


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.

Assessment Methods

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.

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 rigorous 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

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 Contemporary Art & Design BA (Hons) top-up

Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
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