Illustration 3: Sustaining your Practice

Illustration 3: Sustaining your Practice

Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week

Price: £1170

Run by: Enquiries
at OCA

0800 731 2116

Unit 1B
Redbrook Business Park
Wilthorpe Road
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S75 1JN

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About the Course

This unit represents the culmination of the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired throughout your study on the Open course and provides an opportunity to undertake a self-directed major project, present your work to a professional standard, and identify appropriate progression routes into employment, self-employment, professional practice or continued education.

This is a self-directed unit, structured to support the process of undertaking a substantial self-initiated or self-selected project, preparing work for presentation and developing a contextual awareness of your practice. The major project can take the form of self-directed, competition and / or client led briefs.

You will be encouraged to explore the contextual location of your practice through researching, and / or undertaking work-related learning in your practice areas; identify potential progression routes and develop the necessary strategy, self-promotion and presentation skills to help realise your aims. You will be encouraged to develop a portfolio of work to present to a wider audience, through portfolios, online exhibitions or other appropriate means.

This unit encourages a high degree of self-motivation and autonomy. The learning log and assignments will be used to support the development of self-reflection, critique, time-management and professionalism.

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.

All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.

Visit the website via the link above for more details or get in touch with our team!

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.



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