Course Overview

This Contemporary Arts Practice foundation degree is a practical exploration of the applied arts, where you will have the opportunity to develop diverse creative skills within drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, print, design, digital and mixed media arts. You will be guided through the generation of ideas, concepts and issues in art and how to communicate meaning visually. You will be encouraged to explore a broad range of processes and workshops underpinned by a strong and individual understanding of concept and context in art.

During this course you will produce a wide-ranging body of work, which will evidence your professional capabilities and prepare you for employment. Using the skills you have developed, you will have the opportunity to create high-quality personal and individual work.

The Contemporary Arts Practice course has a strong focus on employability, and ensures that you gain the essential skills required to work in the arts. You will be encouraged to work independently, and by exploring the arts industry locally and nationally, you will have a broad range of career opportunities when you graduate.

Employability, industry experience, entrepreneurial skills and preparation for employment are integral to the programme. Opportunities for trips, visits, visiting lecturers, work experience and live briefs are accessible to all. The strong industry links developed between staff and artists, designers, arts agencies and local businesses within South Devon will support the students’ professional experience. In addition wider links, both nationally and internationally, such as Fujitsu, Pro-Direct, The Tate Modern London and University of the Arts London Colleges CCW will further strengthen students’ opportunities in the wider Arts world.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Foundation Degree
Awarded by
South Devon College
2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2023 - June 2025 (full-time) September 2023 - June 2026 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2022-23 are:

BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)

Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)

Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

For tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2022, please contact the team on [email protected]

(Please note, some fees may differ depending on programme)

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Sam is currently researching a PhD in Sustainable Textiles with Loughborough University and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the course. She is incredibly pleased with the progress current students are making on this dynamic and fast-paced programme. You will have the opportunity to access a wide range of processes and facilities throughout your study.

Sam Aspden