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BA (Hons) Art and Design (Top-up)

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Parc Menai (Art and Design)
  • Study Mode:
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length:

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • UCAS Codes:
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BA (Hons) Art and Design (Top-up)

Degrees (Higher Education)

Part Time

If you are applying to study part-time you can apply directly to the campus of your choice.

Parc Menai

Full Time

There are two ways to apply to study for a full-time higher education course - either through UCAS or directly to the college.

Applying through UCAS:
You cannot apply for this course through UCAS.

Applying to College:
If you only want to study at the college, or if you already have the qualifications/experience to meet the requirements for your course, you should apply directly to the campus of your choice.

Parc Menai

Course Description

Do you want a career within the broad disciplines of fine art, applied art and design? Are you an aspiring artist or designer, looking to develop your creative practice?

Whether you are focused on your career or on your passion, this Foundation Degree gives you the ideal opportunity to develop your artistic knowledge, confidence and creativity. You will gain a valuable Higher Education qualification, and will have the option of progressing onto Level 6 to complete an Honours degree.

Modules include:

  • Locating Professional Practice
  • Extending Practice
  • Exhibition

Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Entry Criteria

Language requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C/4 or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5 or above, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

Academic Requirements to enter a programme at Level 6

Entry onto level 6 will be direct for those progressing students from the GLlM Art & Design Foundation Degree to the respective GLlM Bachelor Degree (Hons), in Art & Design, after successful completion of the foundation degree.

Where students take a break from their studies following completion of their Foundation Degree, applications for direct entry should be made via the Credit Transfer process.

Entry onto level 6, for external applicants, will be considered on an individual basis in line with GLlM credit transfer policy, based on previous successful study of 120 credits per level in a compatible qualification (within the time frame outlined in the policy).

For individuals who do not meet the above academic requirements we will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLlM regulations and policies.

All places are subject to a satisfactory interview.

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.


The scheduled learning activities will be delivered through a series of blended (face to face and online) web-based learning activities, interactive lectures, seminars, discussion groups, workshops, guest speakers, problem solving exercises, guided development, assessment feedback and critique feedback (tutor and peer), individual and group activities and linked tutorials. Consideration of case study materials, journals and guest speakers will form an important part of the delivery illustrating the application of themes to real-world situations.


  • Full-time: tbc
  • Part-time: tbc


Visit our course fees page for information on full and part-time degree course fees.

Financial Support

Visit our financial support page for information on the range of support available.

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

There is a free shuttle bus to the main campus from transportation in the morning, lunch time and end of day.

  • All students are expected to participate in study visits/excursions and should budget approximately £250 for this.
  • Annual £30 Studio Fee - contribution towards the cost of essential and bespoke consumables and materials utilised during the studio sessions.
  • Art materials
  • Additional transport costs for Gallery /Exhibition visits
  • Additional costs required for exhibiting

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Start date


As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

Please bring a sample of your portfolio to the interview. Places on the programme are subject to interview and portfolio.


For specific course enquiries, please contact:

Miranda Meilleur (Programme Leader):

Sera Williams (Administration):

For general enquiries about our degrees, please contact:


  • Portfolio
  • Reflective Journal
  • Reflective Blog
  • Presentation
  • Induction Project
  • Sketchbook
  • Final piece
  • Research sketchbook
  • Evaluation
  • Digital portfolio
  • Written proposals
  • Video
  • Self-published book


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


In terms of creative and professional progression, the course can lead to a variety of routes. Apart from working independently as a designer or artist, there are employment options across the creative industries: for example, in advertising, web design, TV, film, publishing, illustration, contemporary crafts, animation or product design. Other possible career opportunities include education, gallery or museum work, theatre or festival related work, archive work or work within the print industry.

Preparing students for work within the creative sector is an underpinning ethos of the course. Meaningful Work Experience is recognised to be of real value to our students, and many have undertaken Work Experience placements which have proved pivotal to their development as artists and designers. Local creative organisations such as Cwmni Da (Welsh Media Production) and View Creative (Graphic Design) have provided placements over a period of years, as well as other national creative organisations in a range of specialisms.

Many alumni now work within the Creative Industries, in roles including:

  • Arts Administration
  • Teaching
  • Arts in Health
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Retail
  • Self-employment / freelance Art & Design

Campus Information Parc Menai (Art and Design)

YEAR 1 (Level 6)

Dissertation/Imaginary Museum (20 credits, compulsory):
This module focuses on in-depth research, critical enquiry and reflection on questions and critical issues emerging in students’ own practice, and pertinent to the practice of their own discipline. (Dissertation100%)

Locating Professional Practice (20 credits, compulsory)
Students develop their exhibition skills and extend their ability to document and communicate their work in a way that is fitting to their individual professional goals. (Portfolio 75%, Presentation 25%)

Extending Practice 2 (40 credits, compulsory)
This module will enable learners to enquire into their discipline and articulate a specialist pathway to realise new work through self-initiated activities. (Portfolio 100%)

Exhibition (40 credits, compulsory)
This is a key component of final assessment and it is the opportunity for learners to demonstrate their creative design and production skills that are informed through exploration of process, critical understanding, and the application of theory and a realisation of practice. (Presentation outlining proposed body of work LO1 10%, Portfolio of work developed LO2 60%, Exhibition presentation LO3 20%, Viva LO4 10%)

Other details

Course type: Degrees (Higher Education)

Level: 6

Programme Area:

  • Art and Design and Photography

Awarding Body: Bangor University



Art and Design and Photography

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Art and Design and Photography

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Awarding Body