Top-up (final year only) Creative Media Practice (Photography/Digital Filmmaking) - BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0016-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2021 Duration: 1 Year

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This is the final year BA top-up course following a two-year FdA (Foundation Degree) or HND in Photography or Digital Filmmaking.

This course has been designed to enable you to achieve intellectual, innovative, creative and practical skills and to engage successfully with the world of professional practice and enterprise.


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FdA (Foundation Degree) or HND in a relevant subject.

You will engage increasingly in ‘live’ projects, developing entrepreneurial skills and independent practice to achieve professional work and enriched contacts within industry. You will work with visiting practitioners, as well as our academic staff who have specialist professional experience.

This programme will build on the skills and knowledge students have acquired during their FdA or HND course and allow them to develop, promote and engage increasingly in projects that provide a bridge to the world of work. The course aims to encourage entrepreneurial skills, autonomy and independent practice; engaging in enterprise that directly interacts with creative media, working on achieving professional work, career development and enriched contacts within industry.

The changing cultural/technological evolution of digital and photographic work will be explored and addressed with specific regard to the convergent nature of pathways in photography and filmmaking, and how they are continually influencing, reacting and engaging with each other.


  • Collaborative Project
  • Specialist Practice
  • Major Project
  • Professional Enterprise
  • Dissertation

Students have worked with:

  • Andy Earl – Top British Music Photographer
  • Valtech – Top 5 Global Creative Consultancy
  • FrontRow Fashion
  • London Fashion Weekend/Canon
  • Sussex Police


Students of the BA Creative Media Practice have gone on to create their own freelance companies that specialise in both moving image and photography. Some have gone into journalism, creating content for magazines etc. website design and worked as photographers. Students have worked for international companies such as Raleigh International, Rough Guides and Sponge Marketing.

Potential careers:

Fashion photographer
Documentary photographer
Film maker
Documentary maker
Fine art photographer
Art director
Studio manager


Gemma Clarke
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Hamish Kilburn
Hamish has worked for media companies, magazines and recently enabled the first cycling festival to take place in the Bahamas. “The CMP taught me about professional working. I learned a lot about how to handle myself in the work place. Feedback was really important to me and it was great to be part of a group that were ambitious and driven. I enjoyed the top-up year immensely.”

Ryan Cameron
“The BA helped me develop my creative and critical abilities, I would not be the filmmaker I am today without it. I was able to explore so much that I ended up creating a Virtual Reality for my final piece. It was fun!”

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Fees and financial support

There are different options to cover the cost of your course, including government loans and bursaries (eligibility criteria applies).

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How is this course delivered?

We have made some changes to the way our courses are taught to keep everyone safe. We will ensure that our students remain connected and involved with their course and college life.

During this academic year, students have a blend of college-based and digitally-enabled remote learning that provides lots of opportunities to interact and engage with lecturers, support teams and other students.

We will continue to respond to Government advice as we plan our curriculum delivery and will regularly update our current students and applicants in respect of course changes and opportunities.

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