Course details

Study options

Part-time: 3 years

UK fee

£1,155 per 20 credit module (2020/21)

Course level





Buxton & Leek College (Leek Campus)

Course description

This course will provide you with the opportunity to add to your previous qualifications or relevant work experience across a broad range of art, craft and design practice.

What you will study

The course has a good balance of creative and academic work, being two-thirds practical artwork and one-third theoretical written work. Practical work may include fine art, painting, printmaking, ceramics, crafts, textiles, surface pattern and photography with the ability to combine both traditional and modern techniques.

The course will develop your art and business skills through practical projects and opportunities to create, exhibit and sell your work locally and internationally.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will get the opportunity to visit exhibitions, galleries and design fairs, both nationally and internationally, which will help you see the wider picture of the creative and cultural industries and gain industry experience outside the academic environment. You will also attend seminars and develop through reflective journal keeping.

You will have access to the art department’s wide range of resources as well as newly updated cross-college learning resources such as the library and IT based learning with the latest Adobe design software.

Entry requirements

If you are aged between 18 and 21 the entry requirements are GCSE English at grade C or above and any of the following:

Mature students are welcome and there are flexible entry requirements for those over 21 based on an interview with the tutor.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)



£1,155 per 20 credit module




Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Guidance for EU students post-Brexit


After completing this course, you may wish to progress to the BA (Hons) Fine Art or other art degrees, dependent on an interview and your portfolio of work.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.