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Transform your Foundation degree into an Honours degree
Combine theoretical and practical study to get a fully rounded design craft experience
Study with tutors with real-world experience in the creative industries
This course allows students who have completed a Foundation degree (or equivalent) to progress to a BA Honours Degree.
This BA (Hons) top up course allows you to enhance relevant industry skills and processes, and graduate with a refined and professional portfolio of work in the field of Fashion . You will work practically through client-led and negotiated briefs that require the recognition and application of professional practice. You will also be aware of professional expectations and be able to develop an independent route towards your individual career or postgraduate goals.
You will be supported by your tutors to pursue new approaches to your subject as well as develop the transferable and technological skills necessary for you to compete in the changing global environment of contemporary creative practice.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice: Fashion
You may have previously studied fashion in particular aspects – such as in a design context or from the business point of view – and this BA Hons top up degree will help you extend your skills and enable you to explore your particular area in detail, whether this is wedding dress design and manufacture, setting up your own retail / etail outlet, designing a range to sell into a wholesaler, developing your own fashion label, becoming a buyer or merchandiser etc., or some other area with a commercial focus. Your top-up will develop your personal interests and understanding of your specific discipline within a larger creative and business-based framework, which could be through production and showcasing of a collection, arranging and managing a regional or national fashion-based event, creating bridal accessories and an online sales site: whatever your fashion direction, you will have the opportunity to investigate the contemporary industry in your specific area of interest to develop an informed idea with an evidenced market opportunity. You will combine development of your practice, alongside investigating and deepening your understanding of the current trends, themes and issues within the creative industries.
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FdA, HND (Level 5 progression route) in a relevant discipline.
This course will support you to develop the entrepreneurial skills which will allow you to flourish within the fashion industry, either working as a freelancer or within a professional studio context
We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.
You will be taught by a staff team with extensive experience within the creative industries.
For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:
For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:
UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.
**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
When studied part time, the duration of the course and the amount of fees you’ll pay each year depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. The usual study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study. This would be equivalent to studying at 50 per cent course intensity.
If you follow this pattern of study you will complete the course in six years. You will pay the pro rata (equivalent) fee shown for your first year of study. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX*. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any increase as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.
*RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.
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