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.
How will I be assessed?
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.
Continuing Your Journey
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.Careers page
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.
Fees, Finance & Funding
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:Fees, finance and funding page
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.
Got a question?
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.Make an enquiry
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