Course Details

  • The Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice combines opportunities to develop a personal creative identity together with real experience of a range of vocational opportunities.
    At the heart of the programme is an enduring passion for the development of your vision as an artist, whilst developing an impressive portfolio of specialist and transferable skills and experiences.

    The course offers a blend of traditional and innovative arts media which includes drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, fibre arts, installation, time-based, virtual and lens-based media. A cross-College programme of visiting lecturers includes a diverse range of practitioners strengthening the cross-disciplinary opportunities through critical debate as well as through practice.
    Throughout the Contemporary Arts programme you will be encouraged to identify and direct your own career pathway as an artist, and to gain appropriate work-related experience accordingly, whether it be in promoting and exhibiting your own work, or working to specific commissions, project management, group exhibition organisation and curating skills, sound and image editing in the media-related industries, event arts, teaching, web design or working as part of an inter-disciplinary creative team.
    The course is delivered over two years full time, or four years part time.

  • Applicants should be aged 18 years or over, have a range of GCSE passes at Grade C/grade 5 and above and possess at least one A level or BTEC equivalent. Appropriately-experienced applicants will be considered. You must also be operating at Level 2 in both Literacy and Numeracy. Candidates will be invited to interview on review of their portfolio work

    64 UCAS tariff points.

  • Your work will be assessed through portfolio and course work as well as Exhibition work.

    You will be enrolled as an external student with Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Students will be able to progress to our approved top-up qualifications validated by Manchester Metropolitan University to gain a full BA Honours in Creative Arts (Level 6) or apply for top-ups at alternative universities.

    Artist, curating and exhibition industries, artist in residence, commissions, publicly funded, education including teaching, gallery and outreach education, community workshops, creative events industries, web and interactive design, arts management, creative consultancy, academic research.

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  • The current fees for this course are £7,000 per year.

    You’ll find that there’s lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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