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BA (Hons) Professional Development (Creative Industries)

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

The BA (Hons) in Professional Development (Creative Industries) is intended to develop your professional knowledge and skills enabling you to engage with methodologies and theories, linking with practical design 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.


Over the two years, you will immerse yourself with the focus of personal and professional development, that will aid the directive chosen by yourself.

The humanistic approach to the course lends itself to creativity, expression and vision, in order to produce both theoretical and practical assessments, linking to your professional development.

You will be part of a group that has exclusive rights to our Art Gallery, to offer your work at private and public viewings.
Assessments are both practical and written, across the two year duration.
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 many days a week does the course run?
A: It runs on one day per week, for 30 weeks (September - June); however, after discussion with your tutor some facilities may be used at other times.

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: Do I get to exhibit the practical work I create?
A: Yes, you will exhibit in the end of year show alongside the Fine Art FdA.

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

BA (Hons) Professional Development (Creative Industries)
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