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Creative Arts and Design Practice BA (Hons) (Top up)

This programme provides a progression route for students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Creative Arts and Design Practice awarded by Oxford Brookes University. It is equally suitable for students who have completed specialist HNDs, such as Graphic Design, Photography, Textiles, Fine Art and Media

This programme allows students to extend and consolidate their studies and to further develop individual interests and specialisms supported by our broad range of specialist staff.

Students will develop their own practice whilst working collaboratively with other disciplines in college. Students will develop skills that will equip them to respond to changing economic conditions, to develop an ability to work in different environments and to seek out diverse opportunities in the creative industries. Students are encouraged to be adaptable, flexible and able to work with a broad range of people in different contexts. We also promote entrepreneurial activities supporting students in seeking out opportunities for themselves and others.

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Learning is supported through close contact with a range of creative specialists with access to specialist workshops and studios. This allows us to promote individuality and tailor the programme to suit individual needs.

Please note that as programmes are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here:

• critical and contextual writing – 30 credits
• negotiated studies – 45 credits
• collaborative and creative practices – 30 credits
• portfolio and promotion – 15 credits

Throughout the programme, teaching and learning strategies adopted by tutors will acknowledge and encourage a range of learning styles. The programme aims to provide academic knowledge and research literacy, preparing a student for a specialist area and/or cross-disciplinary practices and importantly a wide range of career options. There are opportunities to assimilate actively, apply, question, debate and reflect critically developing critical awareness and personal literacy.

We use a range of teaching and learning strategies. The strategies aim to help you think, make, take risks, play, utilise and source materials, reflect, evaluate and consider the impact of yourself and others in a broader context.

The programme aims to provide a balance between provision of information and opportunities to assimilate actively, apply, question, debate and reflect critically.

Students will be encouraged to develop an awareness of current research and practice through lectures, seminars and tutorials, and access to international research in the field of Creative Arts through library resources at the college and Oxford Brookes University. Case study examples and lecturers’ own research will also be used, as appropriate, throughout the programme.

Students will become part of a community of creative students at Oxford Brookes University and Banbury and Bicester College. In Banbury, we also have Associate Artists and an Artist in Residence scheme.

You will also learn by working on projects with external partners. Recent projects have included work with arts-science collaborative Pale Blue Dot, Fusion Arts, The Old Fire Station and RSPB Midlands.
Modules are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all learning styles. The teaching and learning strategies will include: practical sessions, workshop programmes, presentations, student-led seminars and peer criticisms. The assessment you undergo will be both formative and summative:

Formative - designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and your ongoing development. Formative assessments, such as in-class discussions, presentations, activities, are not part of your grade. You will receive verbal and/or written feedback after the formative assessments and it is very important that you reflect on both the feedback and your performance at the formative stage.

Summative - designed to provide a measure of your achievement in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study. Summative marks help to indicate your performance for the whole module and will determine your progression on the course.

You will take part in work experience placements to build your experience and to help you develop industry contacts. Recent placements have included Rogue Designs, High House Gallery and Annie Sloan Design.

You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college. This will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources, which will be appropriate for the nature of your work. The college also offers a wide range of resources and facilities, including additional learning support, which will be available to you. Further details of these can found in the Higher Education Student Handbook.

As well as being enrolled at Banbury and Bicester College, you will also be enrolled with Oxford Brookes and so will benefit from the same facilities and services as on-campus students. These include: use of Brookes’ libraries, Centre for Sport and Students’ Union, study support and mentoring and professional advice and information from Brookes’ Career and Employment Centre.
Typical offers include:

• a Foundation Degree in Creative Arts and Design Practice awarded by Oxford Brookes University, achieving 240 credits and normally a 55% grade average achieved at Level 5
• a Foundation Degree in Creative Arts and Design Practice or related disciplines in Art and Design, achieving 240 credits and normally a 55% grade average achieved at Level 5, subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University
• a Higher National Diploma delivered by Banbury and Bicester College, achieving 240 credits with normally a Merit profile at Level 5 under Art and Design QAA Subject Benchmark
• a Higher National Diploma from another institution, achieving 240 credits with normally a Merit profile at Level 5 under Art and Design QAA Subject Benchmark
• applications are welcomed from candidates with appropriate alternative qualifications and from mature students. Typically we transfer credit for part of a British degree course, a university degree from another country or Open University courses.

All prospective students on the BA (Hons) Creative Arts and Design Practice are required to attend an interview either in-person or on Skype video conferencing and/ or on the phone. An art and design portfolio is required at interview and this should include evidence of an appropriate standard of visual literacy as well as a sample of written work that demonstrates an ability to study at Level 6. An electronic portfolio will be accepted in cases where a face to face interview is not possible.

English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their English language skills are high enough to succeed in their studies by meeting the University Standard English Language requirements. Applicants requiring a student visa to enter the UK will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) minimum language requirements, as well as the University Standard English Language requirements.
Expected career destinations for graduates include being employed/ self-employed as graphic designers, textile designers, makers, illustrators or photographers, gallery and museum-related employment, and community-based project work.

In addition, some graduates will wish to pursue further study at postgraduate level either in a specific discipline or to pursue a career in teaching.

You will need to apply via UCAS for this programme. The UCAS code is W901. The Awarding Body is Oxford Brookes University/ institution code O66. All applicants are required to attend an interview before admission to the programme. See also www.brookes.ac.uk/acp


As a new Oxford Brookes student, you will able to apply for halls of residence at the University. Once you have accepted an offer from the college, you will be sent a confirmation letter. The Accommodation Letter, which contains a password that will enable you to apply online for halls of residence, will be sent out shortly after that. If you require a paper application form or further details, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01865 484660 or email hallapplications@brookes.ac.uk


Home/EU Fee for 2016 entrance: £7,000
International Fee for 2016 entrance: £8,500
For more information please contact the HE Admissions Co-ordinator, Sue Taylor on sue.taylor@activatelearning.ac.uk
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