Exciting new Foundation Degree courses announced for 2011

Issue date: 15 February 2011

From September 2011 UWE's Department of Art and Design will be offering two exciting new pathways* of the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Creative Practices.

Based at the Bower Ashton campus, each pathway is three year part time course, allowing students to undertake study at undergraduate level, while continuing to work in a related industry.

The FdA Creative Practices programme places specific emphasis on engagement with the workplace and external organisations in Bristol and beyond. All students will undertake a work placement, focusing on their individual aspirations and specialist interests in addition to a varied programme of seminars, tutorials and that take place on campus.

The Writing for the Creative Industries pathway is designed for students wishing to develop writing as their professional practice and will look at journalism, criticism, writing for museums and galleries, academic writing and writing for different media platforms.

Students will be encouraged to develop their own specialist interests and to produce writing that focuses on different audiences and contexts.

The Art, Design and Media pathway is for students wishing to develop their own professional practice in one or more creative disciplines.

This pathway is specifically designed to allow students to work in an interdisciplinary group which mimics the creative industries that they will graduate into. The course also supports the individual development of a student's practice in a specialist area such as photography, graphic design, fashion, or fine art for example.

Each of the new pathways champion relationships with the commercial, creative and cultural sectors and all students negotiate a professional placement during the final year of the course.

Sam Thomson, Principal Lecturer at UWE's Department of Art and Design, said: “Students who successfully complete the FdA course can progress onto the BA(Hons) Creative Practices programme which also runs part time at UWE's Bower Ashton campus, or they can progress directly into employment in the creative industries.”

For more information on how to apply for either of these new Creative Practices pathways, please see the course information page on our website

*both our new FdA pathways are currently subject to validation. Please see the course page on our website for further information.

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