Our BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art Practice Level 6 top-up degree is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of contemporary art practices, theories, and critical analysis. The programme aims to foster creativity, innovation, and critical thinking skills; enabling students to become proficient artists, curators, art educators, or pursue further research in the field of contemporary art. If you already have (or expect to achieve) a full Level 5 qualification - such as a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FdA) or Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) - in an art and design-related subject, this brand new course allows you to top-up to a full BA (Honours) degree with just one more year of study. You will be able to develop your career in your chosen field. This award is subject to validation. Currently titled BA (Hons) Art and Design (Fine Art), a new title is proposed as part of course reapproval. It combines practical studio work in your specialist area with contextual and theoretical studies. Studio areas and specialist workshops are available for you to explore your ideas. You will be guided through group seminars, individual tutorials and studio conversations with tutors and visitors. The programme promotes an enquiring, creative and challenging approach towards your work. It encourages the belief that designers have independent thoughts, feelings, reactions, and attitudes which they need to externalise and visualise within theoretical work and practical design practice. modules are likely to include -specialist studio practice -core issues in contemporary Art Practice -practice-led research -advanced studio practice Students are encouraged to secure work placement experience throughout the year. Assessment You'll be assessed through individual and group assignments and presentations, research tasks, and individual studio project work. Your work will be displayed in an end-of-year professional portfolio and public exhibition. Bursaries We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2024-25 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - www.nottinghamcollege.ac.uk - for more information. Your career and progression A significant number of students each year progress to postgraduate education at both local and national institutions. Previous graduates have found positions with companies and organisations such as: Nottingham Contemporary, Brown Dog; National Justice Museum, Neon Ink Studios and Defacto . There is a wide range of career opportunities within the creative industries and an increasing proportion of our graduates now freelance and set up their own small businesses, both locally and online. Whilst some choose to venture into other sectors and are equally successful in gaining employment due to the transferable skills gained on the programme. Other graduates continue with their studies with higher degrees or teacher training, with more than 40% progressing to postgraduate MA courses.
This is achieved through individual and group assignments and presentations, research tasks and individual studio project work. Finished artwork will be displayed in an end of year professional portfolio and public exhibition.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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- City (Adams)
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Students are advised to contact their own national student finance service for up-to-date information concerning potential financial support. Applicants who are permanently resident outside the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar or Republic of Ireland are advised to contact the College before submitting an application. Any additional costs or fees are shown on the UCAS page for each individual course.
Applicants should possess (or expect to achieve) 240 academic credits from one of the following qualifications - in an art and design-related-subject: Foundation Degree (FdA); Higher National Diploma (HND) or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE).
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Additional entry requirements
Applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview.
Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio of their recent work.
Applicants meeting our minimum entry requirements may be invited for an informal interview and to provide a portfolio (or 'e-portfolio' of their recent work).
There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
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