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Visual Arts Practice BA (Hons) Top-up (Sept'17)

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Course code: 0G93

Course category: Higher Education

End Qualification: BA (Hons.) Visual Arts Practice

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Brighton MET

Days of the week: TBC

Course duration: 1 year

Course aims:
An innovative honours degree top-up route in the heart of Brighton. The BA (Hons) Visual Arts Practice is aimed at graduates of foundation degrees in Fine Art and Photography. The course is also open to students from who have completed a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject, where an exploration of visual arts is at the heart of their creative practice.

The course gives students the opportunity to re-configure existing arts practice and also provides interdisciplinary and collaborative working opportunities. Students are provided with a permanent, individual studio area and have creative space to develop practical work.

The top-up degree focuses on supporting students, providing them the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their creative voice and realising their aspirations; contributing to the future of their subject in a professional capacity. The Course provides a dynamic, challenging, interdisciplinary environment, where individual studentsí creative practice is at the heart of the experience. Studio based teaching and studying promotes collaborative creative working alongside the academic and philosophical understanding to contextualise professional and arts activities.

Students will have the opportunity to further their entrepreneurial and practical skills alongside their creative development with the aim of developing a meaningful and sustainable arts practice.

Course content:
Modules taught include:

Practice-based Project
Cultural and Critical Studies / Technical Development
Creative Enterprise

Core to the experience is the development of a personal art practice, informed by critical and cultural studies, with the potential to drive the development of creative enterprise.

Students will negotiate and propose a period of personal study, which unfolds as sustained studio practice culminating in the documentation and presentation of artworks. Students will be supervised in the writing of a dissertation, which is likely to place their creative practice within a wider academic and cultural context.

Alongside studio practice, students will initiate opportunities to develop creative enterprise and professional practice which will both allow you to sustain your future working practice and capitalise on its outcomes.
Additionally, students will be able to choose between advanced Technical Development and Critical and Cultural Studies modules which are supported by a team of art practitioners and academics. These optional modules will allow students to determine the shape of their learning experience and support their progression to employment, professional practice or masters study after the Course.

Facilities for students:
Designated studio spaces for the duration of the course
Project/seminar space
3d and ceramics workshops
Print facilities
Photographic studios, darkrooms
MAC suites
Higher Education Student Social and Study space, with individual and group workstations, large display screens iPads and kitchen facilities.

The course is staffed with practitioners and academics from a range of visual arts practices.

Assessment: Students are assessed through the production of artefacts and texts, research projects, dissertation and proposals which aim to consolidate both creative practices, academic rigour and entrepreneurial capability.

Entry Requirements:
Completion of FdA or HND in a relevant programme, gaining 240 CATS points.

A proven ability in spoken and written English. IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required for all the sub-skills elements, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and an equivalent overseas qualification.

For further information on entry requirements please see this page.

Pre-entry preparation:
Students will be required to attend an interview with a portfolio showcasing their work

Progression and links:
Progression routes into higher education:

Student may apply to study at Masters level (L7)

Progression Routes into Employment:

Students are equipped to both identify and initiate commercial and professional opportunities that arises from their creative work or may help to sustain it

Work experience opportunities:
Students initiate entrepreneurial projects and activities which will involve working with external organisations, clients and professionals.

Tuition fees:
Most students will be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England to cover fee costs, so most students are not expected to pay tuition fees upfront. The fees for 2017/18 are £7750 for a Home/EU student and £9250 for an International student.

Although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, it does not form any part of a contract between City College Brighton and Hove and the student. Courses may be subject to change.

Timetables are subject to change and you should check with your tutor prior to enrolment for the details of your timetable.