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BA (Hons) Creative Industries (Top up)

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Course Name 
BA (Hons) Creative Industries (Top up)Available for applications
Course Details
Location University Centre - Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 6
Start Date September
Duration 1 year
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body The University of Hull
Offering Code HGL6CRE1F000
UCAS Code W281
Programme Design and Overview

The Creative Industries BA (Hons) is a top-up course designed for those who have an interest in the particular production-based strands of the industry and who already hold a Foundation Degree, a Higher National Diploma or an equivalent higher-level qualification in an appropriate subject. This is a new course subject to validation.

It is a progressive vocational qualification designed to respond to the needs of the local and regional Creative and Digital Industries and enhance existing knowledge through the synthesising and deployment of a range of key subject specific and transferable skills.

Professional development and employability are at the heart of the programme in both its design and delivery.

• Enhanced learning through subject specialist product-based workshops that are delivered by subject specialist tutors and industry-based practitioners
• The Industry Experience module allows students to undertake a work placement in a relevant area of the Creative Industries, to establish direct links with industry personnel, and to gain an understanding of an organisation’s working practices.
• The development of responsibility, autonomy and self-motivation
in the development of an industry based personalised career portfolio.
• Strong focus on the active learner and the embedding of the development and practice of this skill in order to aid the transition from “student” of the Creative Industries to “practitioner”.

Indicative Content

Professional Development:

The Professional Development module aims to develop students’ professional skills within the Creative Industries. The module allows students to explore the links between the skills previously developed and the professional skills of their chosen specialism in order to devise mechanisms for further development. The module aims to prepare students for the world of work beyond university and increase knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Creative and Digital industries.
Professional Project Development:

The Professional Project Development module aims to provide a theoretical framework for the production of a subject specific professional product through review and analysis of existing texts. It aims to develop skills required to research, plan and manage product production from an initial/preparatory idea through to public presentation. The module allows students to explore the links between the skills developed, study, and practice, in order to prep them for the standard expectation of the ‘real’ world of work within the Creative Industries.
Industry Experience:

This module aims to develop students’ professional skills and experience of learning in a work-related context through a work placement. They will be encouraged to research and reflect on a range of work-related ‘explorations’ - from the nature of an organisation and their role within it to the employment practices of induction, health and safety procedures, self-appraisal and continuing professional development, linking this with their own personal development planning. The module allows students to explore the links between the skills developed and study and practice of their chosen area within the Creative Industries. The module aims to prepare students for the world of work beyond university.

Collaborative Presentation:

The aim of the Collaborative Presentation module is for students to present their skills and knowledge of their subject specialism through the development and presentation of a project at the end of Semester 2. It aims to further develop their specialist skills, their knowledge, and understanding of operational, structural, economic, legal and social elements associated with Creative work, and their ability to organise, manage and promote themselves. It provides students with a platform to demonstrate their skills through a final showcase/exhibition.
Professional Project:

The main aim of the Professional Project module is for students to demonstrate the ability to prepare and produce an agreed personalised professional standard product to a deadline for presentation to the public. As a result of this main aim, the module develops students’ knowledge through practical application, and subject-specific skills in: reflection, communication, analysis, time management, decision-making, problem solving, project management, development (personal and professional), working with others, legislation, ethics, quality assurance, sustainability, finance, self-evaluation, presentation, aesthetics, monitoring, measuring, and motivation. This module aims to prepare students for the standard expectation of a ‘real’ world product within the Creative Industries. Students will be assigned a Personal Project Supervisor, who will mentor them as you work towards the presentation of your product.

Delivery Methods

A variety of learning and teaching methods will be used on the programme in order to facilitate the development of course members’ professional knowledge and employability, their analytical skills and conceptual understanding.

Lectures, case-analysis, class and seminar discussions, VLE discussions, small group and individual presentations, guest speakers, and problem-based research activities will be used to actively involve each participant in the learning process and foster development.

A key aim in the selection of teaching and learning methods is to support students in the development of responsibility, autonomy and self-motivation in learning as they progress through the programme, and to equip them with the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further study and professional development. The development of effective skills for learning and further development in the use of the VLE is integrated into the delivery of the curriculum.

The link between the classroom, the individual and the professional context is extremely important in the learning process. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the development of the ‘reflective practitioner’ and the programme is designed to utilise the concurrent work situation and professional organisational experience of participants (where practicable), as well as providing opportunities for work-related experiences/scenarios for those without prior experience or concurrent work-place experience.

Throughout the programme participants will be required to reflect on and evaluate their own knowledge and experience in the light of theory and empirical evidence, and, in turn, to drawn on their organisational and professional knowledge and experience in the evaluation of theories and empirical evidence. Such an approach will help to bridge the gap between theory and practice by ensuring that what goes on within the educational process is not sealed off from participants’ practical organisational and professional experiences, and that opportunities for the transfer and application of knowledge and skills are continuous and maintained during the programme.

Course Structure Classroom based: 30% 
Practical work:  70%
Nature of Assessments on the Programme

Assessment on the Programme is designed to be an integral part of the learning process for students and to enhance and confirm their knowledge and practice.

Assessment reflects sector practice to ensure students have the tools to enter the work force or are equipped to follow a career in their chosen specialism.  As a result, the majority of assessments are vocational. 

Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to which students have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.  Assessment methods are different for each module and relative to the nature of the outcomes.

Entry Requirements

A foundation degree, HND, or other Level 5 qualification (minimum grade of 50%).

Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course.

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview.

Students who have not previously completed a Level 5 research module may be required to undertake a short bridging module prior to the start of the programme which is designed to ensure that students are able to undertake the academic demands of Level 6 study.

Applications from overseas students who can demonstrate equivalent qualifications are welcome. Those whose first language is not English must additionally have an IELTS score of 6.5.

All students must complete a minimum of 90 hours work placement.  If a chosen placement provider requires the completion of a DBS application.

Attendance Expectations 1 year, 2/3 days per week
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2022/23

Annual Tuition Fee : Full-time £6,950.00 per year

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs

The following costs should be used as a guide only.

Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Further Study

Nationally there are many post-graduate programmes suitable to potential graduates with the acquired skill set. There are also a range of HE providers that offer post graduate teacher training programmes. Below are some examples of relevant programmes in the region.

UNIVERSITY of HULL – MA in Digital Media
UNIVERSITY of LEEDS -  MA in Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, MA in Media Industries and MA in Film, Photography and Media.
LEEDS BECKETT - MA in Filmmaking

Career Opportunities

• Film Production
• Photography
• Games
• Design
• Music Production
• Television Production

How to Apply

Applications can be made direct or via

Admissions Process For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:
Group Size 10-20
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details

Please contact Pete Goodwin on 01924 789819, email or ring Campus Office on 01924 789803.

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