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BA (Hons) Professional Development (Creative Industries)

Level 6
Course Code:
HEB022 / CIX1
Brannams Campus
Two years, part time

The combined FdA Creative Industries and BA (Hons) in Professional Development (Creative Industries) is intended to develop your professional knowledge and skills enabling you to engage with methodologies and theories required to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Three times during the programme, you engage with your emerging career and learn from that engagement each time. For example, a module in the first stage is Critical Professional Practice. In this, you select a topic from your professional or volunteering role outside of college, and by researching and applying that research to your role, you enhance the understanding of your job in context.


Your first year starts with two modules; the first one being Theories and Methods. In this module, you will be taught ideas about how underpinning theories and methodologies work. You will apply this knowledge by writing a reflection on your prior learning understanding and what methods you employed in that learning. Then, you will be formed into multi-disciplinary teams, devising and carrying out a project that connects with a real work situation. The project could be delivered at a school, business or setting like a care home. The module concludes with you documenting your learning and its application.

The second module, which will be delivered on the same day, will be specific to your subject area and really help you advance in your chosen path. This response to your subject sector may take the form of a piece of research, a written discussion about your work or a practical outcome.
Once these two modules have been completed, there is just one more module to undertake in the first year. In this final module, you will explore one or more aspects of your personal, professional and ethical work practices in depth. You will undertake a focused programme of work which will facilitate a critical reflection, both of dimensions of your professional practice and of the organisational context within which you practice.

You will be encouraged to think about the second year before you end the first year. In the last few days of the Theories and Methods module, you will be helped to make choices (through advice and guidance) as to whether to write a thesis (dissertation) or undertake a special work-based project. A thesis is an extended piece of writing of about 10-12,000 words, in which you present a supported argument. You will be given advice by specialist pathway tutors and staff who guide students in their dissertation writing. If that is your choice, by the end of the first year you will have your dissertation topic, have made a presentation about your plans and be in a position to undertake some research over the summer between the first and second year.

Your second year starts with a module called Globalisation from a Regional Perspective; this will be introduced and taught to you as a group. Within this module, you will understand the concepts and issues surrounding globalisation and consider its impact on our region. You will be helped with this understanding through looking at regional case studies, first broadly, then within your own subject sector. To conclude this module, you will be asked to produce outcomes that demonstrate a response to globalisation as it impacts on your subject sector.

As outlined, during the last two terms of the second year you have to make a choice between writing a dissertation (detailed above) or choosing another module called Work-based Applied Research Project. As implied in the title of this module, this is about you engaging with your subject sector, employing the new learning that you gained on the course. This is the third point on the course where you engage in real work situations. You will do this by undertaking an extended programme of work addressing an agreed theme or issue in your subject sector. To conclude this module, you will produce a body of work that reports on the outcome of this engagement with your subject sector. This final work may include reports and practical responses such as artwork, logs, blogs and diaries.
Assessment is all coursework led. Work is double marked and then sampled by the external examiner. Formative assessment is delivered through tutorials, and summative assessment is achieved in a variety of ways; written feedback is given to you within twenty days of assessment.
To enter the programme, students should have attained a Level 5 qualification; however, in the case of mature entrants, we may take into account previous relevant employment experience.
At present, this programme is the highest level qualification offered by Petroc; however, students who gain this qualification will be entitled, and encouraged, to enrol on post-graduate programmes such as MA, MBA and PhD study at a range of UK universities.
You will be working in our specially designed University Centre on our Brannams Campus. This facility embraces a dedicated learning resources area equipped with PCs and Macs, core books and journals. When you are with us, you are a Plymouth University student and as such, have access online to their library, ordering books to be delivered to Brannams and returned the same way. The learning resources area is staffed by a dedicated HE aware team. As well as these facilities, we have a time-based experimental room, print-making facilities and light, spacious studios. There is also a café, a music venue called The Factory, and our wonderful Goodwin Gallery which you can find on Facebook. Equally, you can find our Alumni, ex-student group on Facebook.
You will need a sketch or notebook and an open mind.
You may have to purchase specialist resources depending on the direction your work takes. In our experience so far, this has not proved onerous for any of our students.
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
Q: How much will this course cost?
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Q: How many days a week does the course run?
A: This can vary but you should expect to be on campus for typically 1-2 days for the majority of term time.

Q: Will I have to buy a lot of materials?
A: We try to supply the basics to get you started but it depends on the direction your work takes; we always try to find creative solutions.

Q. Will I have to buy books?
A. Most of the core books can be borrowed and many resources are now online; again, as with materials, your tutor will guide you as to alternatives.

Q. What other opportunities are open to me at college?
A. We have several opportunities to present your research and work in our scholarly activity events and exhibition opportunities.

Course Fees

Annual Fee: £3700