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    Contemporary Creative Practice (Foundation Degree)

    Contemporary Creative Practice (Foundation Degree) | Level 5 | P10105

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time, Part Time - Day

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024

    Days and times

    Days & Times

    Wednesday / Thursday, 9am-4:30pm



    2 or 3 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This qualification is awarded by Staffordshire University. To apply for this course, please apply directly to UCAS (full time) or Staffordshire University (part time):

      Full time

      Part time

      You will start at Level 4 in the first year, progressing to Level 5 in the second year. This vocational course gives you the opportunity to achieve a foundation degree, combining industry relevant theory, practical assignments and personal development study. It is designed to appeal to those with energy and drive who want to work in, or may already work in, the creative industry and wish to invest in their own development through a higher education degree programme.

      Your learning experience will be focused upon live client-led projects and practical work that promotes skill development and the expansion of individual and group creative thinking. The completion of professional engagement projects and competencies will be informed by theoretical ongoing study and reflection. The course is designed to relate directly to the creative industry and will enable students to broaden and enhance their critical understanding of their chosen specialism.

      This course has specialist pathways: 

      Graphic design

      Contemporary art and illustration

      Product design and craft

      Fashion, textiles and surface pattern


      Moving image 

      Lecturers use a range of teaching methods, including lectures, demonstrations, seminars, small group work and one-to-one mentoring. You will have access to specialist facilities which will enable you to experiment with a broad range of media, including digital, print, photographic, textiles, wood, metal, plastics, ceramics and glass. Furthermore, you will have access to our industry equipped Sign and Print Academy, featuring laser cutting, 3D printing, vinyl printing and cutting and fabric printing. You will have the opportunity to undertake real world work experience, live briefs and projects.  

      As you progress and your confidence grows, you will undertake increasingly complex, challenging and exciting projects. You will also receive advice and guidance on applying to study at University for a BA (Hons) degree on a ‘top-up’ year. 

      Please note: Specified course fee is full time and per year. A part time option is available at £52.92 per credit. 

      For more details about this course, go to the Staffordshire University course page.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      • Course Fees Examination & Registrations
      • 16-18 School Leaver info n/a Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info £6350.00Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £6350.00 Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £6350.00Course fee n/a Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £6350.00Course fee n/a Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £6350.00Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee

      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

      Email us:

      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 80 UCAS points from relevant A Level/s, level 3 Extended Diploma, NVQ, or equivalent qualification. (or)
      Several years' occupational experience within a relevant discipline will also be considered upon application

      Contemporary Creative Practice (Only)
      Please submit a Mini-portfolio: At this initial stage, BSDC is not necessarily expecting a showcase of final work, but rather an indication of work in progress. This must demonstrate how you approach an idea or subject and then develop the work from initial enquiry, through experimentation and enquiry, to resolved work.

      For applications to Film and Television you must provide:
      a link to 1 digital video file you have uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or other website of your choice, up to five minutes in length and accompanied by a short passage of text
      Please note: Please ensure that your clips are not password protected and do not contain copyrighted material.

      For applications to other Art and Design pathways we require:
      up to 20 images of your work, including: development/sketchbook work and finished pieces. Each image can have up to 100 characters, which includes spaces and punctuation, of supporting/explanatory text. Mini-portfolio submissions can be PowerPoint/Word/PDF and no larger than 20mb.
      Support: Contact us at if you need help with a technical problem related to your application:

    • What modules will I study?
      • Creative Influence
      • Major Project for Art Practitioners
      • Practical Contemporary Art Practice
      • Professional Development for Art Practitioners
      • Professional issues for contemporary art Practitioners
    • Days and times

      Wednesday / Thursday, 9am-4:30pm

    • How will I be assessed?

      You will receive formal feedback at key intervals, but will also benefit from supportive verbal feedback and guidance on a daily basis. Assessment methods are varied and will include essays, reports, group presentations, self-assessment, journals, portfolio of artwork, individual presentations and exhibitions. 

    • What can I do next?

      Successful completion of this foundation degree will give you the opportunity to progress onto the BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice in your chosen specialism. You can choose from the following pathways: graphic design, illustration, fashion and textiles, photography, design craft, fine art, moving image, dance and theatre arts and surface pattern. 

      Previous students have gone on to achieve a range of success, from exhibiting in London and winning Best in Show at D&AD New Blood, to running their own businesses and working for renowned designers and creatives within their chosen field. 

      Your degree is not just about securing that all-important academic qualification, it’s about gaining life and work skills to help you get ahead in the job market and gain employers’ respect. As a graduate of awarding body Staffordshire University, you'll gain skills and attributes that will help you stand out from the crowd and become an employable, enterprising and entrepreneurial individual. 

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    Contact Details

    Contact Details

    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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