BA (Hons) Creative Industries Top-Up Degree




The BA (Hons) Creative Industries Top Up programme has been designed and developed as a final 'top-up' year progression route for learners who have successfully completed a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree.

Our exclusive one-year course is designed for students who have studied any discipline within the Creative Industries up to level 5, including Music Performance, Music Production/Technology, Dance, Media, Musical Theatre and Drama.

The philosophy of the course is to replicate the first year of industry practice rather than the last year of education. The course has a high focus on industry engagement, which provides a bridge between study and work that is both practical and academic.

The BA (Hons) Creative Industries programme puts you in the driving seat, where you will research and design your own project brief and see it through to completion. Whatever you propose should be closely tied to your career aspirations and the needs of the industry. In this way, the course will give you a professional attitude and the ability to deal with real-life scenarios and commercial ventures. 

The course consists of two main elements, which are delivered across 5 modules:

  • Portfolio - The planning, development and real time completion of an agreed major project
  • Dissertation - Academic research into an agreed topic, usually directly related to the major project

The majority of taught modules occur during the first semester. The second semester is given over to the realisation of your project and production of a research dissertation. Across both you will work closely with an assigned mentor, who will have industry expertise in your chosen area.

Working and developing in this professional environment will enable you to produce an innovative portfolio of work and gain invaluable knowledge and experience that will help to give you the edge in this competitive market


DISCLAIMER: NCG (the institution which Kidderminster College belongs to) is currently undergoing Indefinite Degree Awarding Powers assessment. Read more about what this means about our offer here.

  • What will be studied

    Over the course of the academic year, you will cover:-

    • CI601 Project Proposal
    • CI602 Project Planning
    • CI603 Research & Dissemination
    • CI604 Project Development
    • CI605 Project Realisation

    The course is delivered across 2 days at Kidderminster College.

    There is a high emphasis on independent study whereby students will work towards the completion of an agreed industry focused project and a research dissertation.

    Students will be assigned a mentor for both aspects of the programme who will be have sufficient industry experience in the chosen areas of study.

  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to qualify for this Higher Education course you must have:

    • Successful completion of a Level 5 course: i.e. an HND or Foundation Degree in within the Creative Industries.
    • Have a passion for music
    • Have a strong work ethic
    • Be extremely self-motivated

    Shortlisted applicants are invited for an audition and interview.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    Completion of this top-up degree will allow you to continue onto Post Graduate study or work within chosen sector of the Creative Industries

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Level 6 BA (Hons) Creative Industries Degree

  • How will this course be delivered?

    Lectures will be a mix of theoretical and practical work.

    You will be required to tackle various tasks and assignments throughout the course study period.

    You will be taught through presentations, practical demonstrations, independent work, 1:1 support, tutorials and group critiques.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is conducted in a number of ways, these include:

    • CI601 Project Proposal - Presentation
    • CI602 Project Planning - 3000 Word Document
    • CI603 Research & Dissemination - 8-10,000 Dissertation
    • CI604 Project Development - Portfolio
    • CI605 Project Realisation - Portfolio
  • How to get a place?


    Apply online at KCHE Apply


  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Learner Services on 01562 512003 or email for more information and advice.

    It's important that you know what your tuition fee includes and what other costs you'll need to plan for. Read what your fee includes here.

    Additional costs: Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

    Whilst on this course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson takes, such as:-

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
  • Exam Board:

    Completion of this top-up degree will allow you to continue onto Post Graduate study or work within chosen sector of the Creative Industries


Start Date : September 2023 End Date : July 2025 Fee : £9250 per year
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£9250 per year

Duration : 2 Years
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