Introductory course information
Award: BA (Hons) Art and Design Top- Up
UCAS Code: WW12
Location of study: Kingston College Creative Industries Centre
Awarding body: Kingston University
Course duration: 1 year full- time
Academic year dates: September 2019 - June 2021
Days of the week: Taught sessions. You will be expected to attend for the2 days a week, Mon, Weds and other days when there are show preparation and hanging of exhibitions.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.
Submission of a portfolio of work is required.
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by talking through their portfolio
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:
If you have achieved a qualification such as a Foundation Degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information please visit our Credit Transfer page. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page
International Student Entry Requirements
International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 5 study in the UK to apply for this course Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.
Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.
Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
4 core modules
- Studio Practice one – Research project. ( 30 Credits). This module is concerned with the development of a chosen studio practice and pathway through an examination of work produced at Level 5. It is designed to test out the scope, purpose and ambition of this work through research and critical reflection, leading to an informed and sustained body of work. This culminates in an external interim show.
- Studio Practice two – research project realisation ( 30 Credits) The final practice-based module focuses on externality and the consolidation of a student’s chosen practice. part of This should reflect an individual’s achievements and ambition at Level 6. This culminates with an end of year degree show.
- Extended professional practice and business studies. ( 30 Credits ) This module provides students with the necessary skills to support them in a post academic environment through the identification of practice sector needs and demands. This will include the identification of key transferable skills; website; business and financial and teaching workshop delivery. This assessed through a professionally produced catalogue that accompanies the end of year show/ Teaching opportunities and a technical file
- Research Paper ( 30 credits) This module is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to conclude a research paper that supports their studio practice. This will be fully supported with comprehensive lectures and 1.1 support.
Teaching and Learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to labs and library facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, working independently in the studios Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, workshops the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.
The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include and a range of coursework assessments such as a technical file, portfolios, presentations and your final year major project.
All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
- study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- academic writing (including how to reference)
- research skills (in conjunction with the library)
- critical thinking and understanding arguments
- revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Link
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.
Course Costs and Financial Support
Fees: For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
- UK/EU students: £7650
- Overseas/International students: £9500
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- annual printing allowance £15
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees: approximately £200
- additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- the cost of specialist equipment and equipment that you will need to purchase. This will include Sketchbooks, pencils, pens, fabric, photo paper.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.
Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.
Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.
Careers and Progression
- MA in various art and design subjects
- PGCE in art and design
- Model making
- Independent studios
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