The Creative Industries offers a wide range of employment opportunities and specialist disciplines. The key to this qualification is the development of that interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding. This course is designed to allow the transfer of skills to a real working environment, with the opportunity to work closely with industry through practical work, live briefs, industry practice and independent and negotiated projects developing communication, presentation and team working skills. We are committed to producing graduates who have already engaged in the world of work and are enterprising and entrepreneurial by nature.
Specialist tutors and visiting practitioners will encourage a broad educational experience, breaking down boundaries between art and design specialisms in order to support you in exploring new and exciting areas whilst extending your portfolio. We aim to provide our graduates with discipline expertise and instil a critical knowledge of art practice that is underpinned by the experience, research and industry expertise of the academic staff.
In order to develop high level creative skills, strong visual communication is fundamental, and this is supported by the exploration of practical techniques in a range of arts areas such as drawing, design, painting, printmaking, textiles, surface pattern, photography and digital media. To enable deeper understanding you will delve into the background of history of design, such as the circumstances surrounding artistic development within modules including: Visual Analysis, Communication and Study Skills and Studio Practice.
During the course, there may be additional costs associated with the course. These include: £65 studio fee (Includes starter art kit, fee for local trips and specialist studio materials) £350 approx. for an overseas educational visit. £30 towards the compulsory End of Year Art Exhibition.
Entry onto the Foundation Degree in Art and Design is through one of two routes. Applicants who have completed a level 3 programme of study and attained the minimum number of UCAS tariff points on the following courses will be accepted on the programme:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design = 96 UCAS tariff points (Equivalent to MMM) Foundation Diploma in Art & Design = 96 UCAS tariff points (Equivalent to a Merit) Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art & Design = 106 UCAS tariff points A Level Study (Must include a C grade in A Level Art and Design or A Level Graphic Design) = 96 UCAS tariff points Alongside this, all students will be expected to provide evidence of a portfolio of visual artwork.
Alternatively, applicants that do not meet these tariff points but have relevant industry experience will also be considered upon interview. Applications from mature students are welcomed.
Applicants are also required to have grade C or above in GSCE English Language and maths or hold an equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English and maths. Applicants may also be required to provide academic references.
A minimum enrolment of 12 is required for the opening of any class. The College reserves the right to cancel or change a class, course or programme if there is a significant reduction in attendance, or where the minimum enrolment is not achieved, or due changes beyond our control. 14 days’ notice will be given in the event of course cancellation.
Graduates of this qualification may be looking to pursue a career pathway that combines creative arts with entrepreneurship working independently or as part of a small business. Others may already be selling their work or looking for a change to start up their own company. Other areas that might benefit from this qualification are work within galleries, community arts or teaching.
Successful completion of the Foundation Degree may allow you to progress on to a suitable BA (Hons) award at the University of Wolverhampton. The close working relationship between Bournville College and the University, you will be guided towards the best choice for your portfolio and experience.
The Creative Industries is worth an estimated £10 million an hour to the UK economy. This figure was published by the Government on 26th January 2016, which means that the industry has twice the growth rate of the rest of the UK economy. The Creative Industries offers a bright feature to talented, creative individuals.