UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Manchester Metropolitan University

Creative Media and Visual Communication (Top-Up)

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Course summary

The award provides a progression route for the foundation degrees and HNDs within the network. The award is designed to place students at the heart of their own learning, enabling them to become autonomous thinkers, learners and creative practitioners and taking ownership of their own practice. It is envisaged that students will produce a high quality focused portfolio of work by the end of year. The students will be supported throughout by staff with extensive knowledge within their chosen specialism. This course will enable creative media and visual communication practitioners to become critically reflective by developing skills of enquiry, analysis and synthesis, questioning and confronting the internal and external forces which provide the context for their work. To enable students to take a critical perspective on both current practice and likely future developments within creative media and visual communication the course aims to develop highly employable practitioners with a creative vision and key attributes that include, responsiveness, flexibility and resilience. The award will offer a range of individual and collaborative experiences, enabling students to develop further their technical and craft skills towards industry readiness through intellectually challenging, industry facing creative assignments initially. By the mid-point in this final year of undergraduate study, students will have appropriate theoretical understanding; intellectual and technical skills together with the mature personal vision necessary to propose, develop and deliver a substantive, major piece of work within their creative discipline. Tutorial and one-to-one support (alongside promoted peer to peer discourse) shifts towards facilitation and critique in order to challenge students to be critically reflective and thus able to substantiate argument. This refinement and consolidation of higher level skills will bring together each student’s understanding of their own creative skills and technical ability and aims to foster the necessary confidence and self-management ability to sustain a career in the creative industries at a variety of levels. Study and professionalism are supported and referenced against throughout, via engagement with a series of guest lecturers and workshops delivered by industry professionals.

Course details


Examples of current modules- Contextual Studies (30 credits) This unit provides students with the opportunity to become reflective practitioners with an awareness of contemporary practice in their specialist field of interest and the ability to link theory and practice. Through this extensive piece of research they will interpret and evaluate their findings to develop a personal view. Professional Practice (30 credits) In this unit, students must be in a position to identify and define their subject specialism, and have a range of strategies to research, investigate and develop appropriate responses to a brief set by a client, competition or problem set by a specialist practitioner within the chosen specialism. Negotiated Specialist Project (60 credits) The focus of each student’s negotiated practice will evolve from their subject specialism and therefore integrate appropriate research, creative development and realisation within a defined context. Students will be required to produce an initial proposal as part of the negotiation of their area of investigation, undertake an extended piece of work, and to locate and rationalise their specialism in the context of relevant theories and cultural contexts

Assessment method

The course is assessed with one assignment per module. Students are encouraged to be creative through all assignments but must meet a certain criteria given by the tutor. Development of report writing and self-awareness / evaluation of own skills are built into assignments to enable students to develop themselves. A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following: • Review / Tutorials • Group Assessment / Crit • Portfolio of project work • Project presentations • Personal Development / Digital Diary • Research

How to apply

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City Campus Manchester
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject is required. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. Students may be required to attend an interview/provide a portfolio to assess the standard of their work to ensure they will succeed on a level 6 programme.

Additional entry requirements



An interview is required and you will be asked to bring a portfolio of your work with you.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

There are extra costs associated with the course including an equipment list, extra printing, End of Year Show printing/preparation and trips: Equipment list: £150-£200 Printing: £250 Optional Software: Creative Cloud £16 p/m (equipped on all campus Macs) Optional trip: £300+ You may also need to print assignments/documents. Campus printing starts from 5p per page.
Creative Media and Visual Communication (Top-Up) at UCEN Manchester - UCAS