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Faculty of Creative Arts / HE

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From Creativity to Employability The Faculty of Creative Arts has been created through the amalgamation of the Colchester School of Art and the Centre for Music and Performing Arts. It brings together all of the arts courses including creative performance (acting), fashion and textiles, fine art, graphic design, music, popular music, musical theatre, technical theatre and 3D design and craft. This represents some 1600 full time students and 180 staff, both full and part time. Our courses can take you from entry level up to postgraduate study. Not only are we a large department in terms of student numbers we are also active as an arts organisation in our own right. We are an Associate College of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and an active partner with the many arts organisations in Colchester. We work closely with firstsite, the Mercury Theatre, the Colchester Arts Centre and Colchester Borough Council. We have our own art gallery, The Minories, as well as a busy programme of concerts, gigs and theatre performances. At the heart of what we do is a belief in the importance of the creative arts as a realistic and achievable career. We do this by focusing on the intellectual and practical skills that musicians, performers, artists and designers need, both as a basis for understanding how ideas can exist and for the development of concepts, designs and objects that will challenge and inspire. The challenge for us, the thing we must constantly strive for, is that of maintaining the integrity of our courses by ensuring that those skills are developed within a relevant contemporary context. We believe that people learn best when they work together, exploring ideas and sharing insight. Our focus is on developing an environment where your imagination and creativity can flourish. I hope that you will find a course in this prospectus that can start you on that journey to a rewarding career in the creative arts.

Andrew Allen Director of Faculty: Creative Arts

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Above Fine Art studio, Madrid. (Part of the Erasmus exchange programme)

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Faculty of Creative Arts Why study here?

The creative industries continue to make a significant and growing cultural and economic contribution to our society and will help you develop the skills and attributes that you need to be successful in those industries. We have an expanding, well-equipped and vibrant study environment, with access to a high ratio of tutorial and contact time. We offer a range of contemporary and traditional technical resources that include: Mac suites; photography studios and darkrooms; a printmaking workshop with facilities for etching; silkscreen and letterpress printing; ceramics and glass; wood, metal and plastics; fashion and textiles workshops; music technology room; editing suites; TV studio; recording studios; dance studios as well as dedicated life drawing rooms. The Hay Gallery within Colchester School of Art displays works created by our students and exhibits work by visiting artists. The Creative Arts Live! promotes and produces a yearly series of top quality events, ranging from professional bands, choir concerts, two full scale musicals, a Music Festival and a wealth of other student performances and mini festivals. Our art and design students end their course by presenting their work at our annual degree shows, as well as shows in London and abroad such as Premier Vision in Paris, New Designers, D&AD and Graduate Fashion Week. Our courses are modular in structure. They provide a broad educational experience in relation to the theoretical and practical aspects of creative study. We strive to achieve this using the very best of contemporary and traditional approaches. All our staff are practicing professionals and we have excellent links to industry and professionals in various fields of activity who regularly set projects and briefs for students. There are also opportunities to study abroad, enter competitions and work with local clients, galleries and other organisations. As an undergraduate student you will study Personal Development Planning throughout your course, whatever subject you choose. This is designed to assist you in preparing for Postgraduate study or entry into the world of work after you graduate. Student feedback regularly indicates that this is a valued aspect of their studies, as is the extent and quality of the tutorial support they receive. Our dedicated team of tutors all see their role as educator and practitioner as symbiotically

linked and the feedback we get from students is a great source of pride and encouragement to us all, but the thing we are most proud of is the effort and success of our students, many of whom go on to employment in different areas of the art and design industries. As well as a range of degree programmes, we also offer postgraduate study through our MA programmes. The Art and Design programmes are delivered at the Minories, a Georgian building run by the Faculty in the centre of Colchester. As well as studios for the MA students, the site also houses a public gallery and café surrounded by a walled garden. The Minories is next door to firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter. We have an established partnership with the University of Essex. The partnership means that while you enjoy the highly vocational relevance of our programmes, you will also emerge with a qualification, in most cases a degree, awarded by the University of Essex. Our Higher Education (HE) Centre at Colchester Institute offers a one-stop shop for all degree level enquiries, quiet and group study areas and a HE Common Room, together with dedicated teaching space. Information is regularly updated through our Twitter feed: @CI_HE The University of Essex, our partner university, is only five miles away. This means that you can study in the library, access accommodation (for students moving into the town), engage with Student Union activity and enjoy the lively social scene. Entry to most entertainments organised by the University of Essex Students’ Union is available to Colchester School of Art degree students on production of a valid NUS Card.

The mobile experience At the Faculty of Creative Arts, we aim to provide you with a contemporary learning experience that includes mobile access to the Internet, Virtual Learning Environments (VLE’s) and other digital applications relevant to your course and studies. Once you are enrolled on one of our degree courses, we will provide you with your own iPad with which you can create your own mobile, flexible and personalised learning environment.

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Main photo: Simon Kaye Photo below: Richard Bryant/arcaidimages.com

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firstsite is a contemporary visual arts organisation based in Colchester. Our mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone. We commission new work and collaborate with partners like Colchester School of Art, to deliver a programme that is locally relevant, and internationally significant. Our work includes projects, exhibitions and publications as well as extensive learning opportunities, and practical support for working artists. firstsite believes in the transformative, life-changing power of contemporary art, and we are continually looking for ways to encourage dialogues between artists and audiences.

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Above Colchester Castle Right and below firstsite and The Waiting Room, located next to The Minories, Colchesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new cultural quarter

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Faculty of Creative Arts Our Location

The Faculty of Creative Arts is well connected. We are a ten minute walk from Colchester North rail station, where there is a frequent service to London, with an average journey time of 50 minutes. We are 30 miles from Stansted Airport, 20 miles from Harwich International Port, and the beautiful shores of the award winning Frinton-on-Sea coastline are only a 30 minute drive, along with Clacton-on-Sea and Waltonon-the-Naze. Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded Roman town, a town that exudes history, culture and creativity. This thriving university town has a population of 160,000 and demonstrates a dynamic and exciting urban lifestyle. Colchester offers an abundance of shopping facilities – quirky and unique boutiques along the lanes, and the familiar retailers you would expect to find in a large town. There are English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Indian restaurants catering for varying budgets. Colchester has a vibrant night life, with a mixture of traditional pubs and contemporary clubs and bars. Colchester offers a diverse range of modern and historic cultural activities to take part in, from the

Colchester Arts Centre (whose home is a converted church – and has seen the likes of Lucy Porter, Sean Lock, Tim Vine and Adrian Edmondson perform) to the wonders of the Norman castle set in the beautiful Castle Park. An exciting programme of exhibitions, lectures, films and events takes place at firstsite, Colchester's spectacular new venue for world class contemporary arts. The Mercury Theatre is well known throughout the area, with quality performances staged during the year. It has also played host to some well known acts, including Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre. Colchester boasts many more attractions including one of Europe’s finest zoos, a multi-screen cinema and a luxurious spa and leisure facilities at Leisure World. Making Colchester your place to study or live means you are in good company. TV presenter Dermot O’Leary lived and studied in Colchester whilst Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame is also from the area – and his father was once Head of the Art School.

More information can be found at visitcolchester.com

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Course Directory

Pre-Degree These programmes let you experience a range of art and design activities to help you assess your strengths and confirm your aspirations and lead to making the right choice about your next step into higher education or work. A combination of practical studio projects, workshops and traditional academic learning will encourage you to experiment with craft and digital technology. HND/HNC Validated by EDEXCEL, we offer BTEC Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Higher National Diplomas (HND). These nationally recognised qualifications will develop you technical, practical and creative skills. Broadly equivalent in credits to years 1 and 2 of an Honours degree. Foundation Degree FdA This combines work-related and academic elements and is designed with employers and industry partners to make sure their content is relevant to industry. They last two years full-time and give you a taste of woking life in your chosen specialism. Broadly equivalent to years 1 and 2 of an Honours degree, your will be ready to start your career or continue with a one year top-up degree.

Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design BA (Hons) Art and Design with Foundation Year Undergraduate HNC/D Creative Media Production (Moving Image) BA (Hons) Art and Design: 3D Design and Craft BA (Hons) Art and Design: Fashion and Textiles BA (Hons) Art and Design: Fine Art BA (Hons) Art and Design: Graphic Design FdA/BA (Hons) Photography FdA/BA (Hons) Creative Performance (Acting) FdA/BA (Hons) Musical Theatre FdA/BA (Hons) Technical Theatre FdA/BA (Hons) Popular Music BA (Hons) Film, Music and Soundtrack Production *BA (Hons) Music Education Postgraduate MA Art, Design and the Book MA Contemporary Art and Professional Practice MA Sculptural Practice MA Music *Subject to validation

Undergraduate Degrees BA (Hons) These allow you to pursue your area of interest and acquire the appropriate knowledge and skills to succeed in your chosen profession. Personal Development Planning and Contextual Studies are fundamental aspects of your study that foster confidence and academic rigor. Our vocational focus, well-equipped and vibrant study environment, a high ratio of tutorial and contact time and expert practitioner/tutors will support you in becoming fully equipped to take on the challenges facing you in your future careers. Postgraduate MA Our postgraduate courses nurture independent, critical thinking. You will ask questions, make suggestions and put forward proposals. You will analyse through discussion and shape your own visual language. Our aim is to encourage the development of your own personal, individual potential as a creative thinker and practitioner. You will immerse yourself in your subject and commit to your own development both intellectually and practically. Our objective is to provide you with the conditions, ambience, encouragement, knowledge, technology and skills to make your goals demanding and achievable.

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The Foundation year was an excellent way to determine what subject specialism I wanted to study further. The tutors were always supportive of my ideas and decisions, enabling me in my creative approach.â&#x20AC;? Millie Hailes, Currently studying BA (Hons) Fashion Photography and Image Styling at London College of Fashion

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UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3/4 Full-time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 Year Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Matias Shortcook matias.shortcook@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Interview with portfolio of work. Normally 1 A Level in an art and design related subject and minimum 3 GCSEs (grades A*- C) including English. In the case of exceptional students, academic qualifications are not required and may be waived for entry on to the course if other selection criteria are met at interview stage. Awarded by University of the Arts, London

Introduction Art and design now has many specialist applications in the commercial and artistic sectors, from product design to high fashion. This one year foundation course will introduce a range of art and design disciplines and help you to build a portfolio for applications to higher education. Seven core units offer a mixture of practice and theory, highlighting visual and wider introductory studies, contextual studies and diagnostic studies. By taking responsibility for independent learning and managing time effectively, this course will provide an excellent springboard to future study and progress towards career objectives. The course begins with a visit to a museum/art gallery that provides artwork for the first two units. There is also an educational visit abroad that provides portfolio material for higher education interviews. The course offers you the choice of seven specialist areas of study: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion, Illustration, Textiles, 3D Design and Craft and Photography. You are guided and supported through the UCAS application process and portfolio preparation. This course is delivered through a combination of studio and workshop practice, guided assignments, tutorials, seminars and lectures. A considerable amount of personal study and research will be required. In addition to your main programme, you will develop your English and maths. Course Content Art and Design Research Methods Art and Design Ideas Development Art and Design Materials and Methods Art and Design Evaluation and Reflection Integrated Art and Design Research, Ideas and Methods Preparation for Progression in Art and Design Project Proposal and Realisation in Art and Design Career Opportunities On completion of this course, followed by a degree, students can gain employment in graphic design, fashion/textiles, fine art practices, photography/moving image, digital design, film, interior design, furniture design, product design, or teaching. Course Progression Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) Degree in Art and Design such as those offered at Colchester Institute.

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“ This course has lightened my life in a whole new way. I love this course, it’s taught me so much and given me so much more that I ever expected from it.” Tamasin Doyle

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BA (Hons) Art and Design with Foundation Year Duration: 4 years full-time, | UCAS code: W700 3D Design and Craft, W230 Fashion and Textiles, W190 Fine Art, W210 Graphic Design 8 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Mick Stubbs mick.stubbs@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements A portfolio of artwork. 80 UCAS points plus 3 GCSEs (grades A*- C) one of which must be English Language. Please note, students without formal qualifications, but with an appropriate portfolio of visual work or work experience will also be given full consideration. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction The BA (Hons) Art and Design with Foundation Year can be studied full time or part time. The two different study options offer opportunities for different students. Both study options are delivered using a combination of set projects, lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, theoretical and practical investigation, studio and workshop practice, exhibitions, field trips and self-directed study. You will be introduced to essential skills and processes including drawing, researching and recording. You will also be encouraged and supported to build and develop he personal sand study skills needed to express and communicate ideas. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, subsequent years are as specified in the BA (Hons) Art and design course descriptions. Full time The full time route is designed for students who already have a clear understanding of the specialist direction they wish to pursue and this course will extend and develop their knowledge and understanding within one of the four distinct pathways of Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design, Fine Art and 3D Design and Craft. Part time Aimed at those wanting to return to education after a number of years, this course is for mature learners who would like to refresh or develop their skills before going on to study art and design at degree level. The first stage studied over the first year is a general introduction to art and design practice, via a drawing programme, practical skills, workshop, art history and research and study skills, all of which are aimed at providing you with the appropriate expertise and knowledge. In the second year you will focus on producing work in your chosen subject area within Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design or 3D Design and craft.

providing that context. Through lecturers, seminar discussions, research and practical and written work you will be introduced to historical and contemporary art and design practice, theory and ideas. You will also be encouraged to identify and reflect on connections between your learning in this module and the work you do in other modules. Materials, Processes and Procedures The workshops you are introduced to here will be dependent on the specific pathway you are studying for, but the intention is to introduce you to the practical skills and expertise that you will need to explore and realise your ideas. As well as receiving separate inductions in these areas you will also be encouraged to explore and experiment with integrating and combining them on set project work. Art and Design Development Delivered via a range of set projects you will explore, investigate and develop your response to a brief through research, practical work and reflection. As well as spending time working in the studio you will be free to independently access appropriate workshops in the department. You will receive tutorial support throughout this module, but there will be a greater emphasis on the independent development of your ideas and encouraging you to take ownership of the learning process, which is an important aspect of degree level study. Art and Design Specialist Project This last module is a continuation and further development of the work you will have produced for the Art and Design Development module, providing the opportunity to further extend, develop and refine your research and ideas and the practical execution of your work. Whether it is via a set brief or a project proposal you have devised yourself, you will be encouraged to take further responsibility for the direction your work takes.

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Course content Drawing Through structured practical sessions, in a variety of both traditional and unconventional drawing materials, this module introduces you to a range of drawing practices and principles relating to your subject area. As well as engaging in reflection on your own work, you will learn about the drawing of other historical and contemporary artists in your field. The skills and understanding you develop here will assist you in developing and giving form to your ideas in all other areas of your studies, which makes it an important cornerstone of this programme. Art, Design and Craft Analysis Art and design study always requires an element of understanding of the context, or background, to the work we produce and this module is aimed at

Subsequent modules are then as per the relevant BA (Hons) Art and Design programme (see relevant pages). Career opportunities On completion of the BA (Hons) Art and Design, graduates obtain employment in a range of art and design related applications including fine art, three dimensional design, graphic design, illustration, fashion and textile design, education, multimedia, exhibition, museum, journalism and styling. Course progression On successful completion of the foundation year, on this course students progress onto the three year BA (Hons) Art and Design programme in one of the pathways of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion and Textiles or 3D Design and Craft.

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HNC/D Creative Media Production (Moving Image) Duration: 1/2 years full-time | UCAS code: 013P HNC/01HP HND 2/4 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Warren Llewellyn warren.llewellyn@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Minimum of 80 UCAS points achieved at level 3 normally on a Diploma or Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production. Typical entry will be with 160 UCAS points. Validated by EDEXCEL

Introduction The Higher National Certificate/Diploma provides a broad introduction to the areas of creative media in the first year including camera and lighting techniques, editing techniques and production techniques within film, TV and music videos. Film studies modules are provided in both years to broaden the students’ understanding of the industry and genres, and provide a critical context to their project work. In the second year of the HND there is the opportunity to specialise in a particular genre or contextual area and to produce a project within that genre, for example the study of music video production precedes a music video production of the student’s own making. On completion of the course students will have their own ‘showreel’ of work shot to professional standard which will help them gain access to jobs in the industry. The course includes a work placement in the second year. The programme provides a rich source of projects through collaborative working with actors, musicians, dancers, music technologists, film music composers and technical theatre practitioners. Course content HNC Modules include: Camera and Lighting Techniques for Moving Image Production Sound Design for Moving Image Production Development and Techniques of Film and Video Editing Practical Skills for Moving Image Production Multitrack Recording for Radio production Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production Research Techniques for Creative Media Production HND-as per the HNC plus: Producer for Moving Image Production Director for Moving Image Production Moving Image Documentary Production Script Writing for Moving Image Production Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation Career Development for the Moving Image Industries Work Experience in the Creative Media Sector Course progression Students who successfully complete the HNC can progress to the second stage of the HND. Students who have achieved the HND in Creative Media Production will be able to progress to the final year of a degree programme in Creative Media Production or to employment in the media sector. Possible career directions include: Post production, production in writing, camera operation, sound recording, editing, direction, production within film and TV.

“ Creative employment provides around two million jobs, in the creative sector itself and in creative roles in other sectors. Employment in the sector has grown at double the rate of the economy as a whole.” Former Student

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BA (Hons) Art and Design: 3D Design and Craft Duration: 3 years full-time | UCAS code: W701 6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Terry Flower terry.flower@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Portfolio of artwork supported by 160 UCAS points gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grade A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Level Zero year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/ work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction Three Dimensional design and craft is a broad-based course, it is about hands-on making and involves the realisation of ideas into objects. You will explore 3D in its widest context in year one through structured inductions in materials and processes before specialisation in year two and three. Areas for consideration in year two and three could include, for example, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, product design or sculpture. However the programme is student lead and you are encouraged to let your ideas dictate appropriate outcomes relevant to a developed personal philosophy. Student groups are small and the inter-disciplinary nature of the course cultivates cross fertilisation. This ensures a dynamic supportive and friendly atmosphere in which students develop their work and challenge the conceptual or practical basis of 3D outcomes, be they functional or non functional. The teaching team is comprised of artists and designers. Their industry experience will provide you with first-hand knowledge, professional skills and practice for your future careers that could include: glass, ceramics, product design, furniture design, exhibition design, jewellery, designer/makers, museum design, special effects, education, art therapy, journalism and management as well as working in consultancies or as self employed practitioners, or for further study at postgraduate level. Four year option This course is also available as a four year option, the initial year of study being Level Zero, see pages 12-13. Year one You will focus on developing a personal visual language through drawing and will be introduced to basic materials and processes in the workshop. In response to tutorial guidance, you realise personal ideas in three dimensions using appropriate or relevant materials and processes. Your practical work is supported by research and the development of a growing critical awareness of practitioners in your field. Year one modules Introduction to 3D Design and Craft Processes This module provides you with the foundations for undertaking subsequent modules. You will explore your creative potential by engaging in a broad range of visual research exercises. Initially 2D and drawing based but subsequently moving into the 3D workshops for practical hands-on inductions and exercises. Through engaging and responding to briefs as an individual and as a member of a small group you will be building upon your 3D vocabulary and developing enhanced visual discernment. Introduction to Personal Planning In a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials, we will familiarise you with the higher education learning environment. You will develop skills central to your programme and you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and increase your effectiveness as learners. Investigation of 3D Design and Craft Practice You will build upon 3D skills through more in-depth workshop inductions. Using practical exercises we will promote increased awareness of the area. Critical analysis of your outcomes through tutorials will facilitate the delivery of more focused work. This module will help you to investigate and declare your potential for one or more of the disciplines within the 3D area.

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Critical and Contextual Research You will explore contexts that have a bearing on art and

design, developing your ability to write reports and essays and to increase your skills and confidence to present your ideas to an audience. You will develop your communication, research and analysis skills. Support module options (you select one each semester) Photography for Advertising Fine Art Print: Autographic Expression Illustration with Printmaking Introduction to 3D Visual Communication and Design Introduction to 3D Construction Introduction to Experimental Digital Photography and Image Manipulation Introduction to Fashion Construction Introduction to Textile Applications Introduction to Drawing Processes Print Media Sculptural Processes Year two You are encouraged to identify and develop personal themes and philosophies for the direction of your work. This is supported through more focused acquisition of skills and material research together with your engagement with critical debate to help you position yourself in a wider context. In addition you are guided by weekly individual tutorials. Year two modules Development of 3D Design and Craft Processes You will refine and develop your personal visual language through more focused material and intellectual engagement in 3D. You will begin to explore the creative potential of process and materials to make work that expresses personally chosen themes and concepts. You will identify and consolidate your chosen pathway by exhibiting a body of concluded work. Personal Development Planning Through lectures, seminars and tutorials you will reflect on your individual learning and critical judgements and develop an understanding of your future career in 3D design. Confirmation of 3D Design and Craft Practice Confirmation of your personal direction within 3D through the realisation of refined objects and concepts. You will evidence a growing personal philosophy in combination with the development of innovative process to create contextually relevant outcomes. Developmental Research Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials you will focus on the development of your personal direction, thereby contextualising your practice in relation to current art and design theories and debates. Subject support modules (you select one each semester) Development of 3D Construction Development of 3D Visual Communication and Design Development of Drawing Processes Year three You will consolidate unique and personal approaches to making. This is based upon self-initiated themes and original research culminating with an end of year show and supported by weekly individual tutorials. Year three modules Refinement of 3D Design and Craft Processes You will consolidate your personal direction with the production of unique, innovative and concluded 3D outcomes. These will be self-initiated themes exploring


both abstract and practical issues relevant to your chosen contemporary discipline. The work should be supported by a statement evidencing a high level of awareness and conceptual understanding of your chosen area of study. Dissertation This is a detailed investigation of an agreed subject that mobilises the theoretical and contextual underpinning of 3D design and craft. You are required to write a dissertation that demonstrates your ability to present independent research and argue coherently. Professional Development Planning Through an ongoing tutorial process, this researchbased module encourages you to plan for the Professional 3D Design and Craft Practice module. You will undertake in-depth contextual and technical research into your personal development and professional career directions. Professional 3D design and Craft Practice This practical module synthesises your learning on the course and represents a major body of work. This will be supported by a portfolio. Your work will be professionally presented in an exhibition.

â&#x20AC;&#x153; The course has allowed me to feed my personality into my work in a very positive way and this will enable me to approach future opportunities with confidence.â&#x20AC;&#x153; Maggie Harling, 3rd year BA (Hons) 3D Design and Craft student

Main image Giedre Vadeike, detail of jewellery made from silver, resin and silicone

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BA (Hons) Art and Design: Fashion and Textiles Duration: 3 years full-time | UCAS code: W231 6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Val Jacobs val.jacobs@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Portfolio of artwork supported by 160 UCAS points gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grade A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Level Zero year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/ work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.

Introduction Fashion Textiles offers a broad and comprehensive education for dedicated and ambitious individuals. You can work in either fashion or textiles or you could combine both areas of study. Working in a creative and stimulating studio atmosphere you are encouraged to develop your individual potential. The course will introduce you to the importance of research and the design process, along with the practical disciplines of pattern making, construction skills and textile processes including traditional print methods and digital techniques. The teaching team is comprised of consultants, designers and stylists, their industry experience will provide you with first-hand knowledge, professional skills and practice for your future careers that could include: fashion design, textile design, pattern cutting, buyer, stylist, own business, promotion, forecasting, marketing, sample machinist, educator or illustrator, or for further study at postgraduate level. Four year option This course is also available as a four year option, the initial year of study being Level Zero, see pages 12-13.

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Year one The modules in this introductory phase will introduce you to the importance of research, visual language and the design process. Inductions in photography, computing and printmaking will support your core subjects. You will be introduced to a range of specialist technical skills including print, embellishment, pattern cutting and garment construction, these skills will form the foundations for your future development in years two and three. Year one modules Introduction to Fashion and Textiles Processes In studio and workshop sessions you will be introduced to visual language, drawing for design in both fashion and textiles, researching and developing ideas in your sketchbook and practically via pattern cutting, garment construction, print and textile applications. Introduction to Personal Planning In a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials, we will familiarise you with the higher education learning environment. You will develop skills central to your programme and you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and increase your effectiveness as learners. Investigation of Fashion and Textiles Practice Working from practical briefs we will develop your potential as designers in greater depth. Fashion students have the opportunity to explore their ideas through design and garment construction – textile students could focus on textiles for fashion however you could combine both fashion and textiles at this stage. Critical and Contextual Research You will explore contexts that have a bearing on art and design, developing your ability to write reports and essays and to increase your skills and confidence to present your ideas to an audience. You will develop your communication, research and analysis skills. Support module options (you select one each semester) Photography for Advertising Fine Art Print: Autographic Expression Illustration with Printmaking Introduction to 3D Visual Communication and Design Introduction to 3D Construction

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Introduction to Experimental Digital Photography and Image Manipulation Introduction to Fashion Construction Introduction to Textile Applications Introduction to Drawing Processes Print Media Sculptural Processes Year two You will develop your creative skills by engaging in ‘live’ projects with industry, entering national competitions and showcasing your work to a wider audience. You could see your work in a catwalk show during London’s Alternative Fashion Week or exhibit and sell designs at Premiére Vision, Paris. You will have the opportunity to develop contacts with industry, undertake work placements and travel to Paris on a study visit. Year two modules Development of Fashion and Textiles Processes In practical studio and workshop sessions you are encouraged to reflect upon your learning experience in a more in-depth assignment. You will have the opportunity to develop work for ‘live’ projects and national competitions. Your designs could be selected for the Première Vision fabric show in Paris. Personal Development Planning Through lectures, seminars and tutorials you will reflect on your individual learning and critical judgements and develop an understanding of your future career in fashion and textiles. Confirmation of Fashion and Textile Practice You will select and work on practical ‘live’ projects, the briefs are selected from a range of companies and you will select according to your developing areas of interest. You will make contacts and often your work is put into production. This will also be the time when you arrange work placements. Developmental Research Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials you will focus on the development of your personal direction, thereby contextualising your practice in relation to current art and design theories and debates. Subject support modules (you select one each semester) Development of Fashion Construction Development of Textile Boundaries Development of Drawing Processes


Bottom left Deimante Meilune Top left Samantha Seymour Main Photo Becky Alexander

Year three In your final year you will confirm and refine your specialist area of practice. You will focus on the development of your professional standards in studio practice and on the presentation of your portfolio. You can enter national competitions set by professional bodies and participate in ‘live’ briefs from industry. Your written dissertation underpins your final year and will demonstrate your ability to present independent research. Your major project will enable you to establish a clear relationship between personal ambition and the production of a body of work, that demonstrates creative potential and technical skill. Exhibiting at Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers and a Fashion Show, allows you to present work to industry professionals. Year three modules Refinement of fashion and textile processes Through practical studio and workshop sessions, emphasis will be placed on professional standards in studio practice and the presentation of your finished work. You will have the opportunity to develop individual concepts and responses to a series of ‘live’ projects and national design competitions. Your designs could be selected for the Première Vision fabric show in Paris. Dissertation This is a detailed investigation of an agreed subject that mobilises the theoretical and contextual underpinning of fashion and textiles. You are required to write a dissertation that demonstrates your ability to present independent research and argue coherently. Professional Developmental Planning Through an ongoing tutorial process, this researchbased module encourages you to plan for the Professional Fashion Textile Practice module and your career post graduation. You will undertake in-depth contextual and technical research into your personal development and professional career directions. Professional Fashion and Textile Practice This practical module synthesises your learning on the course and represents a major body of work. You may produce a fashion collection with elements of print, knit, or you may elect to produce a collection of printed textiles for fashion. This will be supported by a portfolio of design projects showcasing your work. Your final project will be professionally presented on the catwalk and at national graduate exhibitions.

“ The course at Colchester enabled me to bring together the two things I love, fashion and textiles. The tutors experience and different skills cover all aspects of the course and the experience I gained over the three years was a great platform for my next step into the industry.” Lauren Baxter, Assistant Designer, River Island

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“The theoretical aspect of the course has been inspiring and has solidified my understanding of the process of making and interpreting art. The large studio spaces provide the raw atmosphere required by artists.” Mary Wren, Fine Art graduate 2012

Above Graduate Exhibition Left Stevie Burridge Right Susana G. Larrañaga Opposite Gill Southern (winner of the Gainsborough’s printmaking prize)

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BA (Hons) Art and Design: Fine Art Duration: 3 years full-time | UCAS code: W191 6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Jane Frederick jane.frederick@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Portfolio of artwork supported by 160 UCAS points gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grade A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Level Zero year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/ work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction Fine Art is broad based and encourages innovative and speculative activity. It enables you to develop your individuality and explore and refine your emerging creative identity. Curiosity, self-motivation and independence are essential skills that you will develop during the course. The evolving nature of intuitive fine art practice is refined through intelligent, practical engagement with visual, conceptual and contextual forms of personal expression. You will develop and refine visual language skills through rigorous engagement with materials and processes in specialist workshops and studios. You will negotiate a personal project proposal, which is enriched and framed by a challenging critical theoretical framework. You will be actively encouraged to exhibit your work in a public venue, this affords valuable professional experience, excellent networking opportunities and audience interaction. The course is structured to enable you to evolve a personal voice, acquire clarity of language and content and establish a professional, creative identity and autonomy for your future careers. Our recent graduates have progressed onto gallery internships, P.G.C.E. teaching courses, further specialist study at Masters level, creative community projects and set up their own professional studio. This year, our Fine Art students were awarded The Cuckoo Farm Graduate Scholarship and the Gainsboroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prize for excellence in printmaking and Firstsite Collectorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group Awards. Four year option This course is also available as a four year option, the initial year of study being Level Zero, see pages 12-13. Year one modules Introduction to Fine Art Processes Through workshop-based activities you will be introduced to a range of fine art processes, materials and study skills which will help you to develop a personal visual language. Practical investigation is underpinned by the critical analysis of relevant contextual research, enabling you to create a framework for your emerging creative identity. Introduction to Personal Planning In a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials, we will familiarise you with the higher education learning environment. You will develop skills central to your programme and you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and increase your effectiveness as learners. Investigation of Fine Art Practice By negotiating a practical brief you will explore your potential in greater depth and concentrate on the development, the resolution of technical details and the presentation of your work, culminating in a curated exhibition in an external venue. Critical and Contextual Research You will explore contexts that have a bearing on art and design, developing your ability to write reports and essays and to increase your skills and confidence to present your ideas to an audience. You will develop your communication, research and analysis skills. Support module options (you select one each semester) Photography for Advertising Fine Art Print: Autographic Expression Illustration with Printmaking

Introduction to 3D Visual Communication and Design Introduction to 3D Construction Introduction to Experimental Digital Photography and Image Manipulation Introduction to Fashion Construction Introduction to Textile Applications Introduction to Drawing Processes Print Media Sculptural Processes Year two modules Development of Fine Art Processes You will continue to develop a working methodology encouraging you to deepen your inquiry and produce a body of work which is innovative, technically sound and appropriate within its context. Personal Development Planning Through lectures, seminars and tutorials you will reflect on your individual learning and critical judgements and develop an understanding of your future career in fine art. Confirmation of Fine Art Practice At this stage, you will continue to reflect upon your learning experience through independent study and evaluation during tutorials and group critiques. The module concludes as you prepare for the third year with the opportunity to exhibit at The Minories Galleries. Developmental Research You will continue to reflect upon individual and shared learning experience through independent study and evaluation during tutorials and group critiques. As you prepare for your final year you will have the opportunity to exhibit in an external venue. Subject support modules (you select one each semester) Fine Art Print and Computer Mediated Processes Fine Art Photo-media Practices Development of Drawing Processes Year three modules Refinement of Fine Art Processes In your final year you will confirm and refine the significant concepts and processes of your practice and prepare for rigorous practical engagement. You will analyse and appraise your work through group critiques and tutorials with visiting practitioners. Dissertation This is a detailed investigation of an agreed subject that mobilises the theoretical and contextual underpinning of fine art. You are required to write a dissertation that demonstrates your ability to present independent research and argue coherently. Professional Development Planning Through an ongoing tutorial process, this researchbased module encourages you to plan for the Professional Fine Art Practice module. You will undertake in-depth contextual and technical research into your personal development and professional career directions. Professional Fine Art Practice Your learning will be be synthesised and culminate in a major body of work and displayed in curated group exhibitions at college and in an external venue.

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BA (Hons) Art and Design: Graphic Design Duration: 3 years full-time | UCAS code: W214 6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Barry Hurd barry.hurd@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Portfolio of artwork supported by 160 UCAS points gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grade A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Level Zero year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/ work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.

Introduction The graphic design programme will introduce you to the importance of research and the design process, along with the practical disciplines of typography, illustration, printmaking and digital design. The teaching team is comprised of consultants and designers, their industry experience will provide you with first-hand knowledge, professional skills and practice for your future careers that could include: 3D animation, illustration, copy writing, typography, digital media and publishing. Design studio work covers; books, corporate reports and catalogues, journal and magazine design, packaging, corporate identity, information design and is complemented by ‘live projects’ and national competitions. You may choose to continue your studies further at postgraduate level, MA, or in teacher training. Our recent graduates have achieved national success through recognised professional bodies that include, D&AD and the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). Four year option This course is also available as a four year option, the initial year of study being Level Zero, see pages 12-13.

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Year one The modules in this introductory phase will introduce you to the importance of research, visual language and the design process. Inductions in photography, computing and printmaking will support your core subjects. You will be introduced to a range of specialist technical skills including commercial printing technologies, bookbinding, photography, illustration and essential design software, these skills will form the foundations for your future development in years two and three. Year one modules Introduction to Graphic Design Processes In studio and workshop sessions you will be introduced to essential art and design knowledge, skills and visual language. Emphasis will be on analysing and presenting a visual interpretation of the thinking process as a narrative sequence utilising a wide range of materials and processes relating to graphic design and developing relevant craft skills in the process. Introduction to Personal Planning In a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials, we will familiarise you with the higher education learning environment. You will develop skills central to your programme and you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and increase your effectiveness as learners.

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Investigation of Graphic Design Practice Working from practical briefs we will develop your potential as designers in greater depth. You will concentrate on the development, the resolution of technical details and the production and presentation of the final outcome. Through a structured series of workshops, lectures and demonstrations you will be asked to research specified aspects of your subject in order to expand your knowledge and experience of various genres and their social/political context. A selected portion of this material will be presented in the form of a broadsheet or similar, designed using appropriate image-and textbased design software and supplemented with evidence of commercial print and paper options. Critical and Contextual Research You will explore contexts that have a bearing on art and design, developing your ability to write reports and essays and to increase your skills and confidence to present your ideas to an audience. You will develop your communication, research and analysis skills.

Support module options (you select one each semester) Photography for Advertising Fine Art Print: Autographic Expression Illustration with Printmaking Introduction to 3D Visual Communication and Design Introduction to 3D Construction Introduction to Experimental Digital Photography and Image Manipulation Introduction to Fashion Construction Introduction to Textile Applications Introduction to Drawing Processes Print Media Sculptural Processes Year two You will develop your creative skills by engaging with industry. This is achieved by self-directed development of contacts through ‘live projects’, visits to professional studios and work experience. Year two modules Development of Graphic Design Processes This module enables you to produce work of a creative and innovative nature whilst technically sound and appropriate within its context. You will explore the materials of your specialist area and the technologies traditionally used in graphic design. You will also be expected to question these traditional methods, experiment and discover personal ways of utilising materials and technologies through a range of short projects. These projects will run alongside a number of live projects that can be worked on independently or in a team with fellow students. Personal Development Planning Through lectures, seminars and tutorials you will reflect on your individual learning and critical judgements and develop an understanding of your future career in graphic design. Confirmation of Graphic Design Practice You will be encouraged to reflect upon your learning experience so far in a more extensive assignment. You will explore and confirm your chosen area of specialisation in preparation for year three. A series of studio workshops is designed to provide first hand experience of professional working methodologies. These workshops will be supported by project work which, whilst requiring a creative outcome will be achieved using professional studio practice. Developmental Research Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials you will focus on the development of your personal direction, thereby contextualising your practice in relation to current art and design theories and debates. Subject support modules (you select one each semester) Bookworks with Printmaking Packaging with Photography Development of Visual Language Year three In your final year you will confirm and refine your specialist area of practice. You will focus on the development of your professional standards in studio practice and on the presentation of your portfolio. You can enter national competitions set by professional bodies and participate in ‘live’ briefs from industry. Your written dissertation underpins your final year and will demonstrate your ability to present independent research and argue coherently, the subject usually relates closely to your major project for Professional Graphic Design Practice. Your major project will enable you to establish a clear relationship


between personal ambition and the production of a body of work, that demonstrates creative potential and technical skill. Exhibiting your work at the D&AD New Blood show in London allows you to present work to industry professionals. Year three modules Refinement of Graphic Design Processes Through practical studio and workshop sessions, emphasis will be placed on professional standards in studio practice and the presentation of your finished work. You will have the opportunity to develop individual concepts and responses to a series of ‘live’ projects and national design competitions. Dissertation This is a detailed investigation of an agreed subject that mobilises the theoretical and contextual underpinning of graphic design. You are required to write a dissertation that demonstrates your ability to present independent research and argue coherently. Professional Developmental Planning Through an ongoing tutorial process, this researchbased module encourages you to plan for the Professional Graphic Design Practice module. You will undertake in-depth contextual and technical research into your personal development and professional career directions. Professional Graphic Design Practice This practical module synthesises your learning on the course and represents a major body of work. You will establish a clear relationship between personal ambition and the production of a body of work which fully demonstrates both the students’ creative potential and technical skills in order that those ambitions can be realised.

“ Dan Sly has been exceptional, his technical understanding and software knowledge is far beyond what we were expecting from a graduate. I’m really pleased to have appointed Dan as a Junior Designer with the agency.” Ben Philp, Playgroup Design Agency

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FdA/BA (Hons) Photography Duration: 2/3 years full-time | UCAS code: W641/W640 4/6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Barbara Hartman barbara.hartman@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Portfolio of artwork supported by 160 UCAS points gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Level 3 Diploma in an art related subject or 2 A Levels (one in photography) along with 5 GCSEs (grade A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Level Zero year. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction Photography is a medium with an infinite array of applications. Its various applied uses and aesthetic qualities are fundamental areas of study, that allows you to develop both technical skills and a rigorous conceptual understanding of the medium. Working with ambitious teaching staff, you will be given the opportunity to develop imaginative approaches to photography, with an emphasis on establishing creative ways of thinking about the image that will equip you for your chosen professional field, that could include: commercial photography (product, fashion, food, and illustration), fine art, photojournalism, picture editing, picture research, curating and exhibition organisation, photography writing and criticism. Year one You will be introduced to fundamental ideas and approaches in photographic practice, and the work of both key historic and contemporary photographers. Quick and varied modules will provide you with a range of different opportunities to experiment with techniques and approaches that will inform areas of individual interest as the course progresses. You will be introduced to key ideas in photography theory, including ideas surrounding viewership and the gaze, the series, narrative and the cinematic, and the photograph as object and book. Year one modules FdA and BA (Hons) Introduction to Photographic processes This module introduces students to a foundation in the creative practice of photography. It presents fundamental skills and conventions of photographic practice, and promotes a creative, enquiring and analytical approach to study that encourages independence and critical self-awareness. Students will explore the basics of analogue photography and silverbased materials, techniques and technologies. The module provides an opportunity for you to become confident in the use of materials and methodology which will enable them to make informed decisions in order to produce an exciting and resolved body of work. Introduction to Personal Planning In a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials, we will familiarise you with the higher education learning environment. You will develop skills central to your programme and you will be encouraged to reflect on your learning and increase your effectiveness as learners. Smoke and Mirrors – Introduction to Photographic Lighting An opportunity to explore the creative potential of artificial and studio lighting. Covering a wide array of applications, you will gain familiarity and technical expertise, as well as understanding lighting’s ability to control and impact upon how an image communicates. Narrative, Construction and Cinema This module is all about photography’s long running relationship with film and its more recent correspondence with large scale painting, which is centred on ideas of narrative and image construction. Critical and Contextual Research Explores the contexts that have a bearing on art and design, developing your ability to write reports and essays and to increase your skills and confidence to present your ideas to an audience. You will develop your communication, research and analysis skills.

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Support module options (you select one each semester) Photography for Advertising Fine Art Print: Autographic Expression Illustration with Printmaking Introduction to 3D Visual Communication and Design Introduction to 3D Construction Introduction to Experimental Digital Photography and Image Manipulation Introduction to Fashion Construction Introduction to Textile Applications Introduction to Drawing Processes Print Media Sculptural Processes Year two You will develop and extend your creative responses to making imagery, and focus on the uses to which photographs are put in their many contexts. Over longer projects, you can choose to study specific areas of photographic practice, from social applications of photography and the rhetoric of the photographic image in advertising, to the image as a tableau comparable to painting, as information or sign, as performance or illusion. Year two modules Specialist Photography Project 1 Here you will identify a professional direction and split into specialist pathways focusing on ideas of space, site and locality in order to explore the specifics of place, the idea of audience and participation, agency, the local and the global. Specialist Photography Project 2 (BA (Hons) only) Following on from the previous modules’ emphasis on fixed locations, this studio project explores themes of motion, migration and transition in the context of digital culture, asking the question ‘what is the contemporary?’ Do we hold onto the analogue or press on with the digital? Can we negotiate between the two? Personal Development Planning Through lectures, seminars and tutorials you will reflect on your individual learning and critical judgements and develop an understanding of your future photographic career. Developmental Research Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials you will focus on the development of your personal direction, thereby contextualising your practice in relation to current art and design theories and debates. Final Specialist Project (FdA only) For this module you will produce a major body of practical work which will synthesise your learning on the programme and will culminate in an exhibition. Subject support modules Web-based Media Photography in the Contemporary Moment.


Year three In your final year you will confirm and refine your specialist area of photographic practice. You will take over the development of your professional standards of production and presentation. You will develop independent and sustainable practices, underpinned by an assured knowledge of contemporary photographic theory and relevant practitioners that will increase your confidence to develop your work after your studies. You are encouraged to make professional contacts, and submit work for national competitions, including the Jerwood Photography Prize. You complete your studies with an exhibition of work produced in the Professional photographic practice module. Year three modules BA (Hons) only Professional Photographic Practice Through practical studio and workshop sessions, emphasis will be placed on professional standards in studio practice and the presentation of your finished work. You will have the opportunity to develop individual concepts and responses to a series of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;liveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; projects and national design competitions. Dissertation This is a detailed investigation of an agreed subject that mobilises the theoretical and contextual underpinning of photography. You are required to write a dissertation that demonstrates your ability to present independent research and argue coherently. Professional Developmental Planning Through an ongoing tutorial process, this researchbased module encourages you to plan for the Professional Photographic Practice module. You will undertake in-depth contextual and technical research into your personal development and professional career directions. Final Major Project You will produce a portfolio of photographic work that synthesises your learning on the programme and represents a major body of work. Your work will be professionally exhibited at a London venue.

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FdA/BA (Hons) Creative Performance (Acting) Duration: 2/3 years full-time | UCAS code: W490/W410 4/6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Matthew Morgan-Stevens Matthew.Stevens@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 160 UCAS points and Audition. Audition consists of 2x Contemporary Monologues (Preferably post 2000), 1x Classical Monologue, a devising session, an improvisation session, and a movement session. All designed to give applicants a flavour of what they will be studying on the course if they are successful Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction The BA (Hons)/Foundation degree in Creative Performance is designed for students who are serious about acting whilst being able to appreciate the competitive environment of being a performer. The course provides students with a range of skills for sustainable employment within the performing industries. It will nurture expertise that many actors use alongside performing professionally to sustain a career, such as directing, play writing, devising, workshop leadership and teaching. The course is intended to create more independent performers who are equally comfortable creating devised commissioned performances in unusual venues, such as a site-specific piece as well as having the essential skills to perform on a more traditional stage. Creation of new and original work is a key element of the course without losing sight of the importance of established practitioners and their methods. You will acquire, develop and apply new and existing skills in acting throughout the programme. Specific skill acquisition is coupled with a broader understanding of the genre along with academic skills to ensure that you may embrace the changeability of the marketplace and earn a living in specific or related performing arts fields. The realistic view of the performing arts provided is designed to make you flexible, autonomous and employable. Consequently, you are expected to be independent, creative and constructive. Year one The first year is about acquiring skills. Students will discover acting techniques including developing character and analysis of text for performance, as well as learning about the developments of theatre and it’s various styles and influences throughout history. Development of core strength is an essential element throughout the first year with movement-based modules. There are some opportunities for public performance but the main focus is on the acquisition of skills and process’ for future years. Year one Modules FdA and BA (Hons) Acting 1 Techniques for creating characters. Script and textual analysis in order to create a dynamic and believable performance. Presentation of given texts in order to combine skills for performance. Voice Practical application of vocal techniques. Strengthening the voice for performance. Learning how to warm-up for performance. Voice lecture series about the physical make-up of the voice and how it’s used (Estill Technique based) Improvisation Short-form improvisation. Confidence building exercises. Creation of character. Exploration of given circumstance. Comedy Improvisation. Long-form improvisation techniques and how they relate to a rehearsal process. Theory and Practice of Acting History of Acting and the Theatre. Practical application of techniques and styles. How different practitioners have approached theatre and text from the past to the current day Physical Theatre Exploration of movement and yourself within a physical space. Ensemble working to create material. Developing character physicality. Movement for Actors Development of core fitness. Learning how to warm-up

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for performance. Using movement for character study and application to scripts. Year two The second year launches straight in to a project-based year working on short rehearsal processes with a director in order to create performances. It is a development of your skills in front of a paying public. This gives students a greater insight in to how a theatre company may work and also a glimpse at the vast range of performance styles available to actors and directors in the professional world. Year two Modules FdA and BA (Hons) Acting 2 Political Cabaret Performance. Looking at social issues both local and around the world. Students create their own work looking at theatre that has a message but is also entertaining. Sketches, Songs, Scenes may be used as well as anything that can fit on a cabaret stage! Voice and Speech Continuing to develop and apply skills in voice. This module runs throughout the year with a focus on the use of voice in performance. Improvisation 2 The art of ‘play’ and Clowning. Working with a director to create a piece based on the workings of John Wright, Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Le Coq. Play is an essential tool for any actor be it creating work or rehearsing text. Devising As a company students will be commissioned by a local company/group to create a piece of theatre that is specific to their requirements. Previous projects have included creating a piece for young children visiting Colchester Castle, and developing a piece for an old Bus Station waiting room looking at its history and place in the surrounding area. Contemporary Performance Techniques This module gives students a chance to look at contemporary texts and how to approach them using up-to-date rehearsal and performance techniques. It is a chance to explore work with a director and take risks, with the emphasis on the process and the development of the performers rather than necessarily the performance itself. Performance Development Project You are a theatre company…put something on. The module will look at how companies work, including the business side and the performance itself. Culminating in a ‘Fringe Festival’ of shows, students will choose/devise, direct, produce, possibly write, and budget their own shows to perform to the public. Year three The final year of the course carries on with the project style of the second year but at a higher level of expectation and a focus on what happens when the course is complete. There are opportunities to learn about the professional world and what student’s next steps may be; whether that is creating a theatre company, going on to Post-Graduate specialist study, or becoming a freelance jobbing professional. Year 3 Modules BA (Hons) only Acting 3 Working with a director students will look at performing in a particular style at an external venue. It requires the students to work as a company in a highly professional manner and generally requires students to write their own material for performance.


Directing Working with other students on the programme and a professional director, students will gain a greater understanding of what it is to be a director and how to develop their own directorial style. The project culminates in a presentation of scenes that have been chosen and directed by 3rd year students. Script Writing Students look at various ways in which scripts can be created and they then write their own short piece. The module runs throughout the year in order for students to be able to develop their writing skills. Workshop Leadership Being able to run a workshop on a particular subject is an essential skill for any freelance professional or potential teacher of a practical subject. Students get the chance to learn how a workshop is put together and then run one of their own with a group of people of their own choosing. Classical Performance Techniques Students are directed in a classical piece of theatre, looking at the text and its relevance to today’s audiences. Screen Performance Techniques This module gives students a taster of what it is like to act in front of a camera, as well as the process of shooting and directing short films. The module could be a catalyst for students to go on to further study in Film and TV. Major Theatre Project Developing from the end of the second year, students will be expected to stage a full production in an outside venue. The module will enable students, should they wish, to be able to take their work further afield on completion of their course such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or a theatre of their choosing.

“The process pushes you in the right direction getting the best out of you, making you believe that you can do it.” ` Christina Morgan, 2013 Graduate

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“ The course provided me with the perfect foundations for a career in musical theatre. Fantastic facilities, expert teaching with excellent opportunities such as touring, solo singing cabarets and many performance platforms. Such an amazing three years where I learnt so much…and made some great friends.” ` Clare Auger, MA Musical Theatre at GSA (Guildford School of Acting)


FdA/BA (Hons) Musical Theatre 2/3 years full-time | UCAS code: W390/WW34 4/6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Andy Edwards andy.edwards@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Normally 160 UCAS points or greater. All applicants will be auditioned in acting, dance and singing to demonstrate ability and potential. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction The programme seeks to equip you with the range of skills required for sustainable employment within the creative industries or further study. The nature of work within performing arts requires flexibility, diversity of skills, technical competence and the ability to respond to changing needs. Therefore the programme aims to provide you with a sound educational base for a range of further study and/or careers. You will acquire (Year one), develop (Year two) and apply (Year three) new and existing skills in acting, dance and singing throughout the programme. Specific skill acquisition is coupled with a broader understanding of the genre along with academic skills to ensure that you may embrace the changeability of the marketplace in preparation for earning a living in specific or related performing arts fields. Year one The modules in the first year are designed to provide you with a balance of skills, knowledge and understanding of the various aspects of musical theatre in preparation for year two. Year one Modules FdA and BA (Hons) Acting & PDP (Personal Development Planning) • Singing and Voice (Ensemble, workings of the voice, theory and practice) • Musical Theatre Techniques 1 (Interdisciplinary module) • Dance Techniques 1 (streamed classes in Jazz, Ballet and Tap) • Musical Theatre and its Audience (Lecture series on the History of Musical Theatre) • 1-2-1 Singing (20 half hour lessons throughout the year) • Choir (A mixture of repertoire prepared for performances) • Skills Workshops (development workshops and a performance platform) Music Theory (to support work across the course)

Year two Modules FdA and BA (Hons) Acting & Personal Development Planning 2 (performing plays, audition technique) • Singing 2 (Solo singing cabaret, repertoire exploration and ensemble project) • Musical Theatre Techniques 2 (Showcase/Revue Performance) • Dance Techniques 2 (streamed classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Choreography) • Contemporary Musical Theatre (Lecture series relating to salient Musical Theatre trends) • Professional Practice (Work based placement as appropriate) • 1-2-1 Singing (20 half hour lessons throughout the year) • Choir (A mixture of repertoire prepared for performances) •Skills Workshops (development workshops and a performance platform) Year three Year three refines your skills with more of a focus on public performance and yourself as a performer. Year three allows students to consider the further training and range of employment opportunities they might enter into upon graduation. Year three Modules BA (Hons) only Acting & Personal Development Planning 3 • Singing 3 (Solo London Cabaret, ensemble pieces for performance) Musical Theatre Techniques 3 • (Touring Showcase) • Dance Techniques 3 •(Streamed classes in Jazz and Ballet) • Musical Theatre Project (Final Major Musical) • Research Project (Undertaking research on subject of your choice) • 1-2-1 Singing (20 half hour lessons throughout the year) • Choir (A mixture of repertoire prepared for performances) • Skills Workshops (development workshops and a performance platform)

Year two Your second year of study will see you build on the base Year two builds upon the foundation skills from year one and facilitates your skills development across the subject disciplines. Features within year two are performing a full length play, a musical revue, solo singing cabaret as well as work based placement within the field of performing arts. Work in some subjects will begin to focus on audition technique in preparation for year three and beyond.

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FdA/BA( Hons) Technical Theatre Duration: 2/3 years full-time | UCAS code: W440/W441 4/6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Jennifer Snart jennifer.snart@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements FdA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 80 UCAS Points BA(Hons) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 160 UCAS Points Portfolio of evidence of previous experience in any area of technical theatre or design. The portfolio could include; photographs, references, certificates and show programmes. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction The technical theatre programme will introduce you to a wide range of technical, backstage and design skills throughout your time with us. The course focuses on practical work supported by portfolios and specialist paperwork. During the course there are lots of possibilities to work with your peers and students on our wide variety of performance course including; Pop Music, Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre. Alongside these traditional shows opportunities to work on events such as fashion shows will widen you knowledge and skills base. Year one The first year will introduce all the base technical skills which you will need to progress throughout the course and into the profession. Introductions to lighting, sound and stage management are key at this stage and will allow you to work on our diverse programme of productions and events. The year is underpinned with theory and research to broaden your knowledge and skills and assist you in working at undergraduate level. Year one Modules FdA and BA (Hons) Introduction the Technical Theatre Processes Within lectures and practical workshops you will secure base technical skills underpinned with health and safety which will allow you begin work on in-house and external productions. Lighting Installation and Operation Working in practical sessions you will explore a range of lighting equipment and its uses within live performance. Programming and operation of different desks will also be introduced and the full capabilities of DMX systems studied. Sound Design and Operation 1 Short-form improvisation. Confidence building exercises. Creation of character. Exploration of given circumstance. Comedy Improvisation. Long-form improvisation techniques and how they relate to a rehearsal process. Stage Management Processes You will be introduced to the different areas and roles within the stage management team and how they work within the large technical team. Skills developed will also include prop making and costume maintenance which are key for all stage managers. Scenic Construction and Painting Different materials and techniques for building within productions will be introduced and cemented in a series of practical sessions. Painting techniques will also be experimented with and used to complete a piece of set for a production. Technical/Scale Drawing Scale hand drawing skills will be demonstrated and implemented through seminars and practical drawing sessions. A variety of drawings for different purposes will be completed and these skills will be transferable to other modules throughout the course. Transferable skills for Undergraduate Study In a series of lectures and seminars you will be introduced to higher education learning and families yourself with skills which can be implemented throughout your studies and beyond. Investigative Project This independent research module will see you explore the inner workings of a venue of company of your choice and culminate in presentation of all the interesting research.

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Year two Your second year of study will see you build on the base established in year one and introduce more complex aspects of design. The technical and design teaching is supported by a professional work placement at a venue or company of your own choosing. The year culminates in a final production where you will work with peers to complete show in a role of your choice. Year two Modules FdA and BA (Hons) Lighting Design 2 This module builds on the year one exploration of lighting equipment and focused on the design aspect of lighting and how this can be used to enhance a performance or event. More complex equipment will also be introduced in the second year to enhance your lighting deigns. Sound Design and Operation 2 You will progress on the sound installation and design skills in year one and develop to large more complex systems. The inclusion of the making and editing sound will also be introduced in year two and how this can be used in a performance. Industrial Placement This self-driven module focuses on a work placement in the industry at a venue or company of your own choice. The opportunity to reflect on your experiences and plan for future developments will be key. Scenic Design This module provides and introduction to scenic design within theatre and the progress a designer will follow to make a set suitable for a production. During the module you will design for a show and produce a scale model box showcasing your concept. Computer Aided Design Building on technical drawing in year one you will use AutoCAD to produce 2D and 3D computerised drawings for use on productions. The module offers the opportunity to develop computer skills which are transferable to other modules on the course. Micro-Business Management The module will explore key aspects of running a small business or arts company and how promotion, budgets and planning can affect the business as a whole. Technical Theatre Practice Your second year will culminate in a final show in a role of your choice. Each students experience will be individual depending on the production and role; this is a great opportunity to showcase your talents. Year three In your final year you will work more independently with a second work placement and a large major final production. The year also includes a research project again chosen by you and a career related module where you will look to your future and plan for different career paths. Year three Modules BA (Hons) only Production Management Leading on from stage management in year one you will learn the skills of a production manager and how to organise a production from beginning to end. You will then implement these skills and manage a show from the technical and design aspect. New Media for Theatre Theatre and performance is constantly changing and the


introduction of media is becoming more prevalent. Through this module you will explore changes and developments in this area and how they can be successfully utilised. Industrial Placement 3 Following on from the placement in year two you will arrange another placement in the industry and continue to reflect on the skills and knowledge developed whilst working. Research Project This is a detailed investigation into an agreed subject area linked to your studies. A tutor will support you in how to research and compile a query and reach a final conclusion in you study. Specialist Technical Theatre Practice This practical module will involve you undertaking an agreed role on a production and being assessed on the whole production process through to the final show. The experience of this module will be individual dependant on your production and role and will be the final opportunity to showcase your work. Career Development With the close of your third year we look towards the future and plan for a success transition from education into the professional world. A tutor will work with you individually and in groups to compile action plans and portfolios dependant on your chosen career path. Major Theatre Project Developing from the end of the second year, students will be expected to stage a full production in an outside venue. The module will enable students, should they wish, to be able to take their work further afield on completion of their course such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or a theatre of their choosing.

â&#x20AC;&#x153; This course teaches you to be a competent all round technician giving you skills in all areas required. The work experience modules have led to me being able to gain employment following graduation from the course. â&#x20AC;? ` Bradley Herson, 2013 Graduate

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FdA/BA (Hons) in Popular Music Duration: 2/3 years full-time | UCAS code: W340/W341 4/6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Andy Watson andy.watson@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements An appropriate level of practical performance skill and experience (instrumental or vocal) is required. Entry is normally by audition/interview which will include instrumental or vocal performance and consideration of previous experience. Overseas candidates may submit recordings and other evidence. In addition we would normally expect a minimum of 80 UCAS points for entry on to the Foundation Degree, and a minimum of 160 UCAS points for entry on to the Honours Degree. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction This programme offers students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in relation to performance, song writing/composition, music technology and the music business. The programme has a vocational bias and a high level of relevance to actual current practice in the music industry which will help students to become practitioners who are confident and proficient performers, able to create original music, use technology both in performance, recording and composition and who have a highly developed understanding of the music business. Some modules are shared between the FdA Popular Music and BA Hons Popular Music programmes. The FdA degree has a stronger emphasis on music business studies and runs for two years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; unlike the BA Hons degree which has a duration of three years. Students who successfully complete the FdA Popular Music Degree can automatically progress to Year 3 of the BA Hons Popular Music programme. FdA Students will develop a wide range of competencies which will equip them for entry into the popular music industry or for further study. There is also an emphasis on music business studies providing knowledge, skills and experience which will help students to manage their own business affairs effectively. Work experience is a central element of the course providing students with the opportunity to plan and develop a career through practical experience. BA (Hons) Students will develop a wide range of competencies which will equip them for entry into the popular music industry or for further study at postgraduate level. Year one In year one a range of subjects are offered, providing an effective grounding in essential practical skills and knowledge. Year one Modules Musical Skills and Development 1 This module is designed to equip students with a knowledge of musical theory and notation which can be applied in a practical way through composition and improvisation. Students will develop a musical vocabulary appropriate to popular music, along with the techniques necessary to use this vocabulary in a musically effective way. The module will also enable the student to acquire appropriate skills and experience in solo and group performance. Introduction to Song Writing This module enables students to explore compositional techniques employed within a range of popular music idioms and styles. These techniques are then developed in the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own composition leading to performance, recording and appraisal of a finished composition. The students will submit a portflio for assessment which, in addition to the recording of their own composition, with include exercises such as an annotated listening diary and a rough-work notebook. Contextual Studies in Popular Music The purpose of this module is to provide an historical, social, political and cultural context for the study of contemporary popular music. It provides the basis for the identification and consideration of selected styles in 20th and 21st century popular music and for the subsequent study of particular genres. Recording and Digital Production Techniques This module is a practical and theoretical introduction to studio-based multi track recording techniques and digital audio sampling. The module covers basic microphone, multi-tracking and mixing techniques along

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with sequencing and sampling production processes within a contemporary music idiom. The emphasis of the module is practical and is designed to provide the student with a technical preparation for further music technology modules. Earning a Living in Music This module is designed to support the development of understanding of the nature of the Music Industry and, specifically, how the individual musician fits into the business as a whole. Professional Practice 1 (FdA Only) This module is designed to enable the learner to understand the foundations of successful employment within the music business through practical experience of the work place. The learner must collect evidence of the work undertaken, keep a diary of activities and submit for assessment, a portfolio that evaluates the work experience against the original action plan. In conclusion, the learner should reflect on personal preparedness for earning a living within the music business, evaluating personal strengths and weaknesses. Case Studies in Popular Music (BA (Hons) Only) The module will require learners to investigate the artistic and career development of established musicians, which will involve consideration of a range of musical and non musical factors. Year two In year 2, students may choose some optional modules which relate to specific areas of interest. Practical skills and knowledge acquired in year one are developed further. complete show in a role of your choice. Year two Modules Musical Skills and Development 2 In this module students will build on the skills gained in Musical Skills and Development 1, broadening their knowledge of musical theory and developing greater fluency with musical notation. The module will enable the student to further develop instrumental/vocal skills and performance craft and their application in effective live performance. The Self-Employed Musician This module is designed to assist learners working within the self-employed sector of the music business through the development of an understanding of personal promotion, legal constraints and financial management. Although the content is aimed primarily at the performer, the theory is equally applicable to other selfemployment opportunities within the music business. Rock, Pop and Related Genres The module considers the main popular music styles and genres from the advent of Rock and Roll through to the present day. It explores the repertoire, styles and related social and economic factors which have influenced the music. Professional Practice 2 (FdA Only) This module is designed to enable the learner to understand the foundations of successful employment within the music business by demonstrating an ability to earn a living. Additionally, the learner will consider how the work sector can present an environment for learning. Music for Media (FdA Only) Popular music is an integral part of the world of electronic media. This module will explore the composition and production of music for broadcasting media. Students will develop appropriate music for visual media. The module will also explore the use of music in web design and explore some of the technical and ethical issues relating to music and the Internet


Demo Production (BA (Hons) only) Students will further develop their song writing abilities by taking a more sophisticated and creative approach to the materials of music. They will write a portfolio of songs and produce a demo CD recording using both sequencingand recording techniques. The CD will be mixed, mastered, and presented with liner notes Composition and Arranging (BA (Hons) only) This module focuses on the techniques of composing and arranging instrumental music and the use of notation as a means of communication. Students will develop the skills to write idiomatically for both rhythm section and front line instruments along with the ability to create and control structure and narrative. Optional Modules: (BA (Hons) only. Students choose 1) Instrumental and Vocal Teaching • Music for Media Advanced Creative Production • Improvisation Workshop • Digital Processing in Composition Optional Modules: (FdA Optional Modules.Students choose 2) Contemporary Songwriting and Arranging Advanced Creative Production Digital Processing in Composition Year three Year three includes focused work in subjects chosen by students from a range of options so that specialised skills and interests can be developed which are relevant to career aspirations. Whilst maintaining a clear professional relevance, students will also be expected to develop transferable and intellectual skills that will facilitate progression to higher levels of study or movement into employment Musical Skills and Development 3 Musicianship skills are further developed through the analysis of musical style and a subsequent broadening of composition or improvisation techniques. Performance studies are ensemble based with continuous participation in either an independently run band or a group organised by practical studies staff. Learners are required to evidence regular rehearsals through the PDP journal and prepare two or more performances during the academic year. Entering Employment This module is designed to enable the learner to understand the foundations of successful employment within the music business and to consider the value of career planning and preparation. . The module requires the learner to undertake a work placement or form of employment that typifies the work sector. The nature of the work or placement must first be negotiated with the module tutor and an action plan produced and mutually agreed. Research Project The module supports students in the preparation and submission of a self-directed music related project, demonstrating independent study and research appropriate to final year degree.

“An experience that will stay with me throughout life in a very positive way! I had a great time and learnt so much.”

Optional Modules: Performance Studies 3 • Solo Performance Project B Music in the Classroom • Music Education Placement Digital Processing in Live Performance • Arts Planning Music Management and Promotion •Independent Recording Project • Library Music Portfolio • Music Teaching in Private Practice • Workshops in Music

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BA (Hons) Film Music and Soundtrack Production Duration: 3 years full-time | UCAS code: W301 6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Mark Roberts mark.roberts@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Normal entry will require a minimum of 160 UCAS points achieved through A Levels or an Extended Diploma in Music, Popular Music or Music Technology. Entry is normally by interview and you should bring a portfolio of previous work: This may include previous coursework or private work undertaken in the field of arrangements, compositions, sound effects, music technology either on audio CD, DVD, icloud or on YouTube. There may be a short practical musicianship test but you will not be required to perform on an instrument. You should be prepared to discuss any ability â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially regarding using a piano keyboard with a computer. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction This course aims to develop confident and proficient practitioners able to create and co-ordinate original music in a variety of styles, use technology both in performance, recording and composition. The course aims to prepare you for employment becoming versatile composers experienced in live and computer based music and soundtrack production with a view to developing realistic and sustainable careers in the industry. The programme is designed to develop your musical, technical and analytical skills that are needed for you to succeed in a variety of media industry positions including self-employed musician, composer, musical director, arranger, sound designer and score manager. Whilst studying a variety of traditional and modern techniques, you will have the opportunity to extend your existing music and music technology skills at the same time as expanding your knowledge of other practices. Members of staff are working practitioners in the industry, working in live music, composing for film, television, video games, the internet, radio and theatre. Year one In year 1, you will be undertaking a number of modules designed to broaden your film music knowledge and academic awareness, and develop your music technology and musicianship skills. Year one Modules Musicianship skills 1 The module is designed to consolidate and develop a broad base of practical, aural and written skills to support related musical studies at Level 4. You will develop your knowledge of musical vocabulary along with the techniques necessary to respond to, communicate and manipulate musical ideas in a variety of written and practical context Film Music in Context 1 The module is designed to develop an awareness of cultural and artistic issues in film and television music composition since 1900, through listening, analysis and research. It also provides an introduction to techniques of musicological analysis and a learning context within which, when entering Higher Education, you will be able to develop your study practice, academic and presentational skills. Earning a Living in the Music Industry This module is designed to support the development of understanding of the nature of the media industry and, specifically, careers in film music and sound design. You are encouraged to take a realistic and structured approach to earning potential through the production of a personal business proposal. Links with the Work Based Learning modules on the programme are intended to facilitate the move from theory into practice. Introduction to Audio Technology This module is designed to develop theoretical knowledge and vocabulary of audio recording principles within the digital domain. It is also a practical introduction to sequencing combined with the practical aspects of audio recording and is designed to provide you with a technical preparation for further technology related modules. Introduction to Musical Direction This module will enable you to acquire the appropriate skills to direct instrumental and vocal ensembles with the aid of a click track or pre-recorded backing track. You will work with a small instrumental group which will be utilised as a vehicle for developing conducting and rehearsal skills including basic shapes, pauses, changing time signatures and conveying musical meaning.

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Introduction to Arranging This module enables you to explore arranging for instruments including an understanding of transposition. You will be given a stimulus of a lead sheet with melody and chord chart and will need to explore compositional techniques combined with developing a sense of texture, colour, register and mood within the limits of your choice of instrumentation. Composition for Visual Media 1 This module will enable you to investigate the process of composition for film, television and video games by composing for a variety of instrumental and vocal resources, working to a written brief, and learning to use computer technology as a compositional and notational tool. Year two In year 2, you are expected to develop the skills from year 1 in a more focused manner including modules designed to explore work opportunities and work placement. Year two Modules Musicianship Skills 2 In this module you will build on the skills gained in Musicianship 1 broadening your knowledge of musical theory and developing greater fluency with musical notation and analytical skills. You will express and manipulate musical ideas in a variety of written and practical contexts related to film music and soundtrack production. Film Music in Context 2 The module is designed to build on the knowledge acquired in Film Music in Context 1 by researching the specific genre of popular music, as used in film, television and video game soundtracks. It aims to develop an awareness of cultural and artistic issues through listening, analysis and research whilst investigating a range of analytical techniques. The Self-employed Film Musician This module is designed to assist you working within the self-employed sector of the media industry through the development of an understanding of personal promotion, legal constraints and financial management. Content is aimed primarily at the composer or sound designer although the theory is equally applicable to other self-employment opportunities within the media industry. Foley and Sound Design This module will introduce you to sound design, sound effect creation and editing whilst building upon the studio recording techniques studied at Level 4 in Introduction to Audio Technology. The module encompasses the art of Foley performance (live sound affects), sound design for radio drama and the process of recording, sourcing, referencing and designing sound effects. Vocal Arranging This module enables you to broaden your arranging techniques learnt in Introduction to Arranging, focussing on the use of voice. You will research the use of voice (both sung and spoken) in film soundtracks, citing influences on your own work using a listening diary, which could be in the form of an online blog or printed journal. The taught element of the module will include the exploration of analysing lyric structure, scansion, language, harmony, texture, expression and tempo through the analysis of given extracts.


Investigating Professional Practice This module is designed to give you first-hand experience of a chosen career path in film music or sound design by work-shadowing an employer (or SelfEmployed musician/technician). You will be able to choose film music or sound design depending upon their interests. This will be preparation for Entering Employment in the Media Industry where you will be actively participating in the workplace rather than limiting your involvement to research and observation. Composition for Visual Media 2 This module will build on experiences and skills developed from Composition for Visual Media 1 with emphasis on development of musical ideas within the larger scale compositional format. You will develop vocabulary and notational skills in readiness for the preparation of a professional score. The module will include composition and analysis of a variety of visual media including music for film, television, video games and other new media such as website, mobile phone technology and other devices. Year three In year 3, you will be expected to undertake independent research and learning to enhance your own personal interests alongside broadening your knowledge and understanding of key elements of the industry in relation to your goals, employability and personal development. Year three Modules Research Project The module supports you in the preparation and submission of a written project, demonstrating independent research appropriate to Level 6 study and relating to some (negotiated) aspect of the programme i.e. film scoring, soundtrack production or employment in the media industry. Film Music in Context 3 The module is designed to develop the knowledge acquired in Film Music in Context 2 by researching

specific historical periods in more depth. It aims to develop an awareness of cultural and artistic issues in contemporary music for visual art forms, from 2000 to date, through critical listening, in-depth research and analysis of audio/visual theory and the film composition process. Sound Design Portfolio This module is designed to contribute a portfolio of sound effects towards the final submission of the Major Project module. You will choose a short film clip c.15 minutes in duration, to be approved by the tutor, and record, edit and manipulate original sound recordings for use in the final soundtrack. Library Music This module requires you to create a portfolio of library music by combining your skills in composition, arranging and music technology. The final product will be a CD recording that addresses a variety of potential uses. You will need to compose tracks of varied lengths and moods, using different technical means to achieve your musical aims. Surround Sound This module is designed to develop an appreciation of the factors which affect the perception of sound by humans; an historical and technical overview of the audio recording and reproduction techniques used to provide spatial audio and an insight into relevant commercial developments in this field including film, television, radio, live music and video games. Major Project Your major project will be negotiated with your tutor and will be a substantial practical project that encompasses areas of interest with a desire to produce contemporary ideas that are new and innovative. It will be based on a short film clip (c.15 minutes) and will include collaboration from other media courses and addresses your ability to work independently at level 6.

â&#x20AC;&#x153; The degree at Colchester Institute prepares you for the industry, from composition to contemporary audio technology to preparation for entering the workplace as a self-employed musician, providing the foundation needed to enter today's music business.â&#x20AC;? 2013 Graduate

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*BA (Hons) Music Education Duration: 3 years full-time | UCAS code: 4A58 6 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Malcolm Miles malcolm.miles@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Normal entry will require a minimum of 220 UCAS points (normally 2 A Levels including Music or Music Technology, or BTEC Extended Diploma in Music). Appropriate level of practical instrumental or vocal performance skill. (It is not a prerequisite for entry to have passed a graded examination in instrumental or vocal performance but a standard equivalent to grade seven will be expected). Entry is normally by audition/interview which will include instrumental or vocal performance and consideration of previous musical experience. Applicants are advised to bring a portfolio of evidence that could include recordings, compositions or academic work. *Subject to validation

Introduction This programme provides a unique opportunity to study both music and music education. Students will develop a wide range of skills to equip them for a musical career that emphasises teaching, giving graduates the potential to work on a freelance basis, within the schools sector, or to progress to further study at postgraduate level. Modules in performance, arranging, technology and creative musical skills are delivered alongside instrumental/vocal teaching, classroom teaching, music leadership and curriculum development. Delivery is through a combination of practical music, lectures, tutorials, seminars, placement, project work and personal study. Students will develop as both musicians and teachers through a clear understanding of their own learning along with musical and educational theory, observation and practice. The programme is highly vocational and maintains a clear relevance to current practice, pedagogy and political/social context. The course is open to instrumentalists, vocalists and composers, and welcomes students from a wide range of musical backgrounds (classical, pop, jazz, folk etc.).

Year one Modules Performance Studies Performance techniques in a principal instrumental or vocal study are complemented by a range of practical skills that includes 2nd study, improvisation and accompaniment. Arranging and Conducting Students work closely with a designated ensemble by arranging music for the group, conducting their arrangements and contributing as performers. Style, Analysis and Composition In this module students learn how to analyse music by studying the core techniques of different styles, and applying that analysis in their own compositions.

Year two Modules Performance Studies 2 In this module you will build on the skills gained in Musicianship 1 broadening your knowledge of musical theory and developing greater fluency with musical notation and analytical skills. You will express and manipulate musical ideas in a variety of written and practical contexts related to film music and soundtrack production. Creative Music Techniques Style, analysis, composition and arranging are studied here in further detail but with a greater emphasis on creativity and application. Technology Enhanced Learning for Music Education The impact of technology on music education cannot be ignored. Here students will develop the skills needed to record ensembles, edit audio, set up and mix amplification for live sound, upload music to the web, combine music with video and develop online teaching materials. Music Teaching in Practice Students develop their educational awareness and abilities through a study of theory, planning and psychology, and by undertaking and reflecting on observations in a variety of educational contexts. Year three Modules Music Leadership Music leadership provides a detailed study or 1-1 or small group instrumental /vocal teaching, and develops the skills needed to deliver practical music workshops to larger groups. Music Education Placement Building on the enhanced educational understanding developed in year 2, students will gain essential teaching experience by undertaking a placement in a classroom context.

Principles of Learning and Teaching The history and philosophy of music education provide a context for understanding the key concepts of how we learn music, and how it can be taught.

Project Realisation Students propose, plan and implement a substantial project in music or music education. Supervision and individual support form a cornerstone of the module, allowing students to pursue their own interests and specialisms in depth and detail.

Rhythm Workshop Rhythm is a fundamental skill for all musicians. In this practical module, students develop their rhythmic awareness in a variety of musical styles along with some essential techniques of playing percussion.

Careers in Music This module looks at career development and the potential for employment in both the public and private music education sectors. Contemporary business practices and political initiatives provide the context.

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MA Art, Design and the Book Duration: 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Mick Stubbs mick.stubbs@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Applicants should possess an Honours degree in an art and design subject, or its equivalent. Exceptionally, candidates with other qualifications coupled with appropriate experience will be considered. Alternatively, prospective students may demonstrate equivalent qualifications, experience and knowledge relevant to the MA programme. Part-time attendance Wednesday 10am – 4pm 45 weeks per year for 2 years Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction The existence of the book, its functions and influence have grown and diversified enormously since the introduction of electronic media and online publishing. The growth in exhibitions, book fairs and independent publishers demonstrates the extent to which new technology has freed the book from its traditional function as a formal container of information. Previously an activity ruled by the conventions of a highly conservative print industry, this technologically driven revolution has increased the range of creative options, which, in turn, have attracted art and design practitioners to consider the book – its form and content – as a viable, valid and valuable area of creative endeavour. This new-found freedom of expression has had a positive and profound effect on mainstream publishing. Aware of the multiple platforms in which the public consumes information, publishers are becoming more adventurous in the design of their books, this is reflected in their liberal attitude to designer’s use of materials, bindings and printing technologies as well as a tolerance to unconventional arrangements of type and image. This programme will explore the intellectual, practical and commercial means through which artists and designers can utilise the book as an appropriate vehicle for carrying concepts, from one-off artworks to limitededition runs, to mainstream publishing projects. These creative endeavours will be extended to include the possibilities provided by online publishing. You will work with a range of materials and techniques used in historical and contemporary practice. Lectures and presentations will introduce you to the historical influences that have shaped the evolution of the book as information container, artefact, and as a medium for fine art. Specialist modules will deliver theoretical and practical information in current art and design practice that will extend your critical awareness. Individually tailored research projects, coupled with indepth analysis, will broaden your understanding of the art and the design of the book, and facilitate a personal application of concepts to appropriate professional practices. Graduates can expect careers as practising artists, and as designers serving a wide range of publishing media including books, magazines and websites. The modules Introduction to Action Research This module supports you in planning, undertaking and writing up a book-related project of professional development/inquiry utilising an action research strategy. It provides an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas which underlie the practice of inquiry and its relationship to practice. You will be expected to provide evidence of previous study/work and outline how they intend to extend and develop new knowledge and skills through utilisation of College and external resources. The work for this module provides a framework within which you can make, justify, question and evaluate practical decisions concerning the selection of methods in the course of your future practical work. Reprographic and Structural Strategies This module introduces you to various means and ideas for creating work in book format. Both traditional and

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experimental printing and structural techniques and materials will be explored to encourage the relationship between the form and content of a book. There will be exploration into the world of unique, sculptural, and altered books bringing into question any conventional pictorial and/or structural rules and constraints that a book should conform to. In contrast to this, you will investigate the practices of batch production and creating multiples/editions and will also examine the processes employed by commercial printers and bookbinders. Digital technology workshops will provide a detailed, practical methodology for the construction of complex documents and strategies for the organisation of complex publications requiring texts and images. Developing Word and Image This module is concerned with the creative use of words in their own right as well as the exploration of visual means by which the implication and/or purpose of words can, through analysis and practical engagement, be exploited. For many art and design students, writing is a natural extension of their research and development methodology for visual studies. It is not uncommon for sketchbooks, both historical and contemporary, to be annotated. This module aims to extend this practice beyond the sketchbook and for you to explore and produce creative writing that stands alone. Whilst the starting point for this module will be written language, you will utilise photographic and/or digital media as a means of making linguistic investigations visible. A theme will be explored during which you will be expected to utilise words, the starting point of which might be newspaper or magazine articles, taped or overheard conversations, or selfgenerated material. The sources of visual material will be equally diverse and might also utilise methods and technologies explored in ‘Reprographic and Structural Strategies’. Histories and Theories of Contemporary Practice You will reflect upon the developments in the practice and theory of contemporary art from circa 1960 to the present. You will focus on the theoretical and critical debates that are generated by, and which relate to, the disappearance of medium specificity in the visual arts and the emergence of a ‘post-medium’ condition. You will begin by focusing on the critical theories that have assumed medium to sustain art practice and which have emphasised aesthetic autonomy and selfreferentiality. You will proceed to trace a history of development and carefully investigate aesthetic, literary and political writings that challenge modernist theories and express post-modernist and post-medium positions. Refining Sequential Practice You will work on a practical project that will be informed by a lecture and seminar programme, demonstrating evidence of the your own critical reflection and reasoning in relation to issues of communication to a general public. The module aims to help you define career or research aspirations and begin to devise strategies for meeting them. Alongside ‘Histories and theories of contemporary practice’ this module aims to develop an


understanding of designing and printing in relation to commercial outcomes and to re-evaluate their current knowledge and experience. Applying Book Making Practices This major project provides a vehicle through which you can contextualise your insights and personal perspectives, and evaluative capabilities previously developed within the programme. Through this negotiated project, you will be expected to research a book-related subject which provides the basis for critical, personal enquiry through the application of tools, materials, technologies and research methods developed during this programme of study. The focus of enquiry should investigate and challenge perspectives, assumptions, arguments and technical standards relating to a specific aspect of the book in its contemporary context. You will be expected to contribute to the discourse regarding art, design and the book both within the peer community and beyond. National and international dialogue with other practitioners will be encouraged through the pages of magazines, journals and newsletters (both digital and printed) and a clear ‘plan of action’ formulated to extend this dialogue through participation in exhibitions, book fairs, symposiums and conferences on completion of this programme of study. You will be expected to form a personal position on ethical, social, and creative factors and be prepared to articulate their associated bases of reasoning, theoretical underpinning, creative and practical response. Typically, the outcome of this module will proffer an agreed subject of enquiry which enables the you to test and extend perceptions of sequence, narrative and storytelling through word, image, physical structure, materials and print and digital media. It is expected that outcomes will fall outside the ‘standard’ format of the ‘book’. Your work, representing your final outcome, will be presented in a public exhibition.

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MA Contemporary Art and Professional Practice Duration: 2 years part-time | Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Cinzia Cremona cinzia.cremona@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Applicants should possess an Honours degree in an art and design subject or its equivalent. Candidates with other qualifications coupled with appropriate experience will be considered. Attendance Normally every other Saturday, where you will attend tutorials, lectures and seminars at the Minories and also visit contemporary exhibitions at firstsite and other venues. Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction Run jointly between Colchester School of Art and firstsite, this course is part of the national Artist Teacher Scheme co-ordinated by the National Society for Education in Art and Design, NSEAD. This postgraduate programme recognises the importance of education within contemporary visual art practice, and is based on the central belief that teachers and artist educators who maintain their own creative practice are significantly more effective in the studio, gallery and classroom. The course is for art and design teachers, artists considering a career involving education and artists involved in museum and gallery education. The programme is designed to enable and support art practitioners to progress and re-awaken their creative practice through critical engagement with contemporary art. Year one The first year provides opportunities to review and develop individual creative practices in relation to the highest levels of contemporary art. Direct access to the contemporary art programme and resources at firstsite and other galleries allows for greater opportunity to experience a range of professional contexts. Year one Modules Rethinking our Practice This module begins with a series of lectures that integrate reflection, research and engagement with current practice. Students experiment with their own artworks and practice, and debate current art and art education practices. The module ends with students presenting an initial analysis of their current practice and identity as artist educators and outline their research areas. Introduction to Action Research This module will help students to develop their ability to evaluate and critically reflect upon their own learning and development. During this module students examine practice-based research methods and undertake 'Reflection-in-Action' through practitioner-based enquiry. This module offers a solid bases for continuing postgraduate studies through the production of a Research Proposal. Developing Contemporary Practice This module will allow students to focus on their own contemporary art practice in dialogue with the contemporary practice of other artists, and to develop awareness of creative methodologies within their creative art practice. This module culminates with a of the student's current work-in-progress.

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Year two The second and final year consolidates the progress achieved in the previous modules by refining individual practices, by developing strategies to sustain art practice in a professional context and by offering a structured approach to the histories and theories of contemporary art. Year two Modules Networks and Contacts During this module students will research existing networks, the purpose and workings of these networks and will analyse the effect these have on participants. Networks which relate to the artist educator will be an important part of this research, with students critically appraising the role these play in supporting and developing their own continuing professional development. Histories and Theories of Contemporary Practice You will reflect upon the developments in the practice and theory of contemporary art from circa 1960 to the present. You will focus on the theoretical and critical debates that are generated by, and which relate to, the disappearance of medium specificity in the visual arts and the emergence of a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;post-mediumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; condition. You will begin by focusing on the critical theories that have assumed medium to sustain art practice and which have emphasised aesthetic autonomy and selfreferentiality. You will proceed to trace a history of development and carefully investigate aesthetic, literary and political writings that challenge modernist theories and express post-modernist and post-medium positions. Defining Contemporary Practice Students will engage practically and theoretically with their own practice as an artist and educator to refine their own working practice. Students will analyse the relationship between contemporary arts practice and theory, along with art education practice and theory. Applying Contemporary Practice In this major project students will formulate a hypothesis and embark on a personal journey of enquiry to apply theoretical learning to both contemporary art and art education pedagogy. This module and the MA programme will conclude with an exhibition of students' work and a symposium where they present their findings to an audience of their peers.


â&#x20AC;&#x153; The support given by staff, lectures, technicians has been fantastic. Working with other students discussing each others work and listening to ideas and suggestions has given me the confidence to connect and engagewith my artistic community.â&#x20AC;?


â&#x20AC;&#x153; We are a happy and stimulated bunch of students. We are privileged to work with excellent teachers, to have our own space in the beautiful Minories, (next to firstsite) and share knowledge with a diverse and inspiring peer group.â&#x20AC;? ` Eliza Kentridge and Julia Cuthbert, student representatives, MA Sculptural Practice.

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MA Sculptural Practice Duration: 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Terry Flower terry.flower@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Applicants should possess an Honours degree in an art and design subject, or its equivalent. Exceptionally, candidates with other qualifications coupled with appropriate experience will be considered. Alternatively, prospective students may demonstrate equivalent qualifications, experience and knowledge relevant to the MA programme. Part-time attendance Wednesday 10am – 4pm 45 weeks per year for 2 years Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction and Background The MA in Sculptural Practice is a unique one year full time or two year part time course. It is a cross disciplinary MA and will recruit from a diverse range of makers and studio practitioners including those from crafts or sculpture backgrounds. It is about the realisation of ideas into objects through making and thinking through the hands supported by critical reflection. A strong emphasis is placed upon the use of appropriate materials and techniques relevant to ideas and the testing of concepts and practices within a rigorous critical and conceptual framework informed by an awareness of contemporary discourse of the chosen field. It is expected that students will be highly motivated and work on self directed proposals supported by tutorial guidance, technical inductions, peer group discussions, lectures and seminars. The course will further understanding of their chosen discipline by contextualizing their practice within contemporary visual culture and assist them in making a sustainable, considered and creative contribution to society as a whole. The course advances personal development in parallel with individual practice. The MA will provide stimulus and support through allocated studio space at The Minories in the centre of Colchester, peer review, critical debate, field trips, technical induction and access to extensive workshop facilities, one to one tutorial guidance and a programme of visiting lecturers. In combination these will develop and consolidate your methodologies and test concepts so that upon graduation you have a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and areas for future development. You will leave with a refined awareness of the place and contribution your ‘craft’ can make to society and you will have developed a range of transferrable skills which can take you anywhere. Rationale for the Programme In an age of ever increasing materialism and the growing obsession with consumables it might seem perverse to create a course dedicated to the production of yet more ‘objects’. However this course attempts to throw new light and understanding on the production of sculptural objects and the many ways that they may mitigate against throwaway society and offer durable values based upon both cognitive and haptic experiences and the making of sculpture with material and moral integrity.

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The modules Practical Studio Unit One This module is designed to expose you to new working methods and the refinement of existing ones. You will develop and establish personal research methodologies in support of self initiated concepts and themes and articulate these through the production of a body of practical work that clearly communicates the concerns that lead to their making. You will also evidence, through written responses, an evolving critical and reflective understanding of your own practice and its context within society. Practical Studio Unit Two You will refine your research and working methodologies and evidence this in the production of finished 3D outcomes which demonstrate your making skills and communicate innovative responses to the themes and concerns that lead your work. You will further develop your critical awareness of the debates and issues surrounding your studio practice, communicate a clear understanding of your own positioning and context within contemporary sculptural practice and articulate personal critical responses in relation to the place your craft has within wider society.

Introduction to Action Research This module supports you in planning, undertaking and writing up an action research strategy. It provides an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas which underlie the practice of inquiry and its relationship to practice. You will be expected to provide evidence of previous study/work and outline how they intend to extend and develop new knowledge and skills through utilisation of College and external resources. The work for this module thereby gives a framework within which you can make, justify, question and evaluate practical decisions concerning the selection of methods in the course of your future practical work. Histories and Theories of Contemporary Practice You will reflect upon the developments in the practice and theory of contemporary art from circa 1960 to the present. You will focus on the theoretical and critical debates that are generated by, and which relate to, the disappearance of medium specificity in the visual arts and the emergence of a ‘post-medium’ condition. You will begin by focusing on the critical theories that have assumed medium to sustain art practice and which have emphasised aesthetic autonomy and selfreferentiality. You will proceed to trace a history of development and carefully investigate aesthetic, literary and political writings that challenge modernist theories and express post-modernist and post-medium positions. Synthesis and Exhibition Unit This module represents the summation and synthesis of your research and practical work and culminates with an exhibition at The Minories of finished 3D outcomes supported by research materials. The body of work you produce should clearly articulate the concerns of your work and show refined making skills in their production and the appropriate selection of materials and processes in support of ideas. It should also demonstrate a unique and innovative approach to the subject area supported by a written statement which shows a comprehensive awareness of the students own positioning within contemporary sculptural practices and the implications of their practice within wider society.

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MA Music Duration: 1.5-2 years (full-time); 3 years (part-time) Apply direct to Colchester Institute: (01206) 712000 Course Leader: Lesley Young lesley.young@colchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements Normally, applicants would be expected to have a first or upper second class Honours degree in Music; all offers of a place on the programme are subject to successful audition and interview. (Exceptionally, students with other qualifications together with appropriate knowledge and experience may be considered.) Validated by the University of Essex

Introduction The MA Music programme is designed to enhance the professional skills of current music practitioners, whether recent graduates or working professionals. Four specialist subject areas reflect the nature of employment within the profession: Performance, Composition, Music Management and Professional Practice. In addition to pathway-specific modules, all students study research techniques and their application to specific negotiated areas of study, providing a strong core foundation on which to build. The course provides the broad academic framework for study at this level and beyond, and the ability to specialise in an area which is relevant to the individual. Course Description: The MA in Music can be seen as a ‘taught’ programme which achieves a balance between research and practical elements within a particular area of focus (Performance, Composition, Music Management or Professional Practice). Its modular structure allows both full- and part-time study. Relatively small postgraduate numbers facilitate a high level of student support and the potential for students to develop their individual research interests. Specialist modules will be delivered primarily through tutorials and seminars and considerable independence will be expected of students at all stages. In each specialist subject area, the course culminates in a final 60-credit module which is based on practice. This module will be undertaken independently by students with tutorial supervision and seminars to share work in practice. This programme is designed to equip students with the means to work within the profession as well as the potential to enrol for doctoral study; recent graduates have careers as professional performers, composers, music managers, college lecturers and teachers. Year one (consisting of four, 30-credit modules) All students take Research Techniques and Independent Research plus pathway modules, as follows: The Research Techniques module provides students with an introduction to research at postgraduate level, through a consideration of different types of research, locating material and managing data, writing a literature review, writing the abstract, and presentation of findings, leading to the creation of a formal research proposal for assessment. In the Independent Research module which follows, students will utilise knowledge and skills gained in Research Techniques to create an independent research project which reflects some aspect of their chosen specialist pathway. Performance: Postgraduate Performance 1; Postgraduate Performance 2 These two modules work together in enabling students to develop the art of solo performance within the context of performance at a professional level, with the second building on the skills and experience gained from the first. Individual instrumental or vocal tuition, together with workshops and seminars, will support musical and technical development and an increased stylistic awareness, leading to a recital of repertoire from an identified musical period, together with a formal presentation and assessed ensemble performance.

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Composition: Postgraduate Composition and Analysis; Postgraduate Applied Composition Postgraduate Composition and Analysis enables students to develop the necessary skills for work as professional composers by means of the study and analysis of music and musical techniques, the sharing of musical ideas and workshop performances of their compositions. Postgraduate Applied Composition builds on this experience, with students working in the medium of music for specific purposes. Music Management: Arts and Policy; Independent Business and Self-Management Arts and Policy will advance students’ knowledge of cultural policy and practice in the UK and facilitate an examination of the cultural heritage that has led to current diversity within the arts. Students will develop their critical perception skills in respect of the differing ways in which arts organisations realise their individual missions and the extent to which funding, marketing and commercialism play a part. In Independent Business and Self-Management, students will investigate music business opportunities and consider the practical, ethical and financial factors that contribute to successful (and rewarding) personal management or self-employment. Following personal research into a specific area of the sector, students will develop a professional business proposal that outlines potential income and expenditure, and includes strategies for promotion and growth. Professional Practice: Musical Pedagogy; Music Curriculum Design Musical Pedagogy will explore issues relating to the way in which musicians learn. The role of group and individual lessons and examinations will be considered, together with the nature of musical understanding and performance. Music Curriculum Design will investigate the way in which an individual’s programme of study on a musical instrument is shaped and guided through the choice of teaching material, including a consideration of historical approaches and the opportunity for students to examine the repertoire for a particular instrument in some depth. Year two (consisting of one, 60-credit module) This second year of the course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in year one and provides the opportunity for students to complete an extended project in their chosen pathway: Performance: The Postgraduate Performance Project will enable students to synthesise their previous learning within a focussed area related to their instrument specialism. A written research paper will support and amplify a formal lecture recital which exhibits professional presentation and communication together with cogent musical argument. Composition: The Composition Portfolio is the culmination of the composition specialism and takes the form of a portfolio and critical review containing at least one substantial work together with several smaller works demonstrating a professional standard of composition. Music Management: The Music Business Placement module is designed to synthesise learning from the previous modules by applying general theory to


particular practice. In it, students will undertake a period of work experience within the arts business sector as a practical research project, culminating in a final dissertation. Professional Practice: The Music in Professional Practice module will provide the opportunity for students to explore a specific aspect of music instrument teaching in detail, and use case studies and personal teaching experience to test the theories and approaches explored in the two previous modules.

“ The MA in Music programme at Colchester Institute allows students to ‘‘tailor-make’’ a programme of study which reflects their specialist interests ” MA Graduate


How to Apply

All applications for entry to full-time undergraduate courses are made online using UCAS Apply via the UCAS website: ucas.com. The UCAS code for Colchester Institute is CINST C75. All other applications should made direct to Colchester Institute (See Direct Applications below). Applying for a Place All applications for entry to Colchester Institute full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS code is shown next to the course details. Applicants from outside the United Kingdom Overseas applicants can apply online using UCAS Apply via the UCAS website: ucas.com. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the UCAS Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)870 1122211. UCAS Application Fee The application fee is £23* for more than one choice or £12* for a single choice. You can pay for your application either by credit or debit card online or by paying your school or college who will then pay UCAS (please note, not all schools and colleges offer this service). *Correct at time of printing. Employed Applicants If you are to be sponsored by your employer to study on a course with a UCAS code, you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Contact Details UCAS, Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ. Telephone (0870) 1122211. www.ucas.com Direct Applications You may apply directly to Colchester Institute using one of our own application forms ONLY IF: (a) it is your intention to study part-time or (b) you are currently undertaking a full-time degree at Colchester Institute and wish to transfer internally to another degree, or (c) you are applying for postgraduate study or (d) you are applying for Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The Admissions team within our Customer Services Department are available on (01206) 712000 to help you make an application or discuss entry or course requirements. Course Fees Please contact for course specific tuition fees and details of the Colchester Institute bursaries and scholarships. (01206) 712000 Accomodation There is an opportunity for first year students to rent a room in The Quays, the University of Essex halls of residence. The accommodation is approximately three miles from the College Campus, and is close to Colchester and the town centre. Every flat has selfcatering facilities, including microwave oven and freezers, and each room has a telephone and an internet connection point. Rent includes bills and access to the Internet. “The Quays was the best possible place to live in the first year! It was a great way to meet people and there were plenty of opportunities to socialise. It was also good as it took away the stress of utilities bills or other things you worry about having moved away from home. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Quays as it was a great way of introducing me into College life and I made friends at The Quays who I then lived with in my second year.”

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Our Student Support Adviser can provide a comprehensive list of private accommodation including rented housing, or full-board and self-catering with host families within a short distance of the campus. For more information on private sector accommodation, contact our Student Support Adviser on (01206) 712296. Parking Limited on-site parking is available in the student car park. Motorcycle bays and disabled parking spaces are available. A permit system/entry cards along with daily charges is applicable, but there is no guarantee of a parking space. There are several public car parks close to the College. The campus is easily accessible by public transport, with the town centre and the main line railway station each approximately ten minutes walk away. There are bicycle stands available across the campus and secure cycle storage is available in front of the Main Building. There is an annual charge for the use of this facility plus a returnable key deposit. Higher Education Operations The Higher Education Operations team at the College provides a one-stop shop information service for students covering all aspects of your learning experience. If we don’t hold the information you need, we will locate it for you. We publish the HE Student Handbooks giving information about your course and life as a higher education student at the College. We issue the Rules of Assessment explaining how marks are calculated and produce the latest HE Regulations. Printed copies and on-line versions are available. We can help with any questions you have about your course such as where, when and how to hand in coursework, what to do if you cannot complete on time, the help available if you have a problem, personal or medical, what to do if you need to take a break in study. We know everything about the way in which your marks contribute to the final degree classification and can give practical advice and guidance. The team also manages the Appeals process and runs any bursaries and scholarships schemes which may be available for your course. HE Operations publishes the student transcripts, the official record of your results showing what you have achieved in terms of marks and credits and will explain any details of the process that leaves you unsure or uncertain. We also collect students’ ratings and opinions about the subjects they study with a twice yearly Student Module Evaluation and publish the results (and details of what we are doing about them). All information, help and advice is available in printed form, online via the Internet and from the HE Operations office. Library Services Learning Resources staff will give you friendly, helpful advice to enable you to make the best use of the services in the libraries at Colchester and Braintree. If you need help with finding resources for an assignment you can get in touch with the adviser for your subject area for one-toone help throughout the year. There are over 100,000 resources which include books, academic journals, DVDs, CDs, music scores and online information sources designed to support you with your studies. The library subscribe to around 30 online databases and web resources covering an extensive range of subject areas and has full-text access to over 4,000 electronic journals and newspapers as well as a range of ebooks which are accessible both on and off campus.


Supporting Flexible Access The Faculty of Creative Arts has adopted the leading virtual learning environment Moodle to support Higher Education courses. Students currently have access to interactive course materials, multimedia resources and assessment information both in College and via the Internet. Collaborative learning, online forums, live chat, video conferencing, coursework submission and feedback are just some of the features provided. You will be able to access materials in or out of College, before and after taught sessions and increasingly flexible access to all resources will be made available enabling different types of study and attendance to be possible. Additional Learning Support (ALS) ALS is the extra support that can be put in place to support students with recognised learning difficulties and/or disabilities. What we can offer? Learning Support Practitioners Support for Dyslexia Support for Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Exam Concessions Note Takers for Deaf Learners Communication Support Workers A Teacher of the Deaf A Hearing Loop Facility Specialist Equipment If you feel you would benefit from ALS then it is important that you complete the relevant section on the application form, that way we will be able to discuss your support during the application process. If you would like more information about the support of offer then please Email us: als@colchester.ac.uk Telephone us: (01206) 712703 or 712519 Text us: 07834 339739 Financial Advice A Student Finance Adviser offers information on financial support, student loans, Access to Learning Fund applications, bursaries and other awards.

Medical and Health Services The College provides first aid assistance to students with minor injuries through qualified first aiders. There is an NHS walk-in centre and General Hospital close to the campus. Student Services is accredited by the Matrix quality standard. Equality and Diversity Colchester Institute aims to provide a welcoming environment in which all learners and employees are encouraged to realise their full potential, where every individual is valued and offered equal opportunity to progress. To achieve this, the College aims to ensure that all actual or potential learners and employees are treated in an equivalent fashion regardless of age, disability, family responsibility, marital status, race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, trade union activity and any other irrelevant criteria. The College will treat all learners and employees with respect and dignity and seek to provide a working/learning environment free from harassment, discrimination and victimisation. The College will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour against its learners and employees, either from other employees, learners, or members of the public. We seek to promote awareness of equality and diversity throughout the College and embrace diversity in all its aspects. Our Equality and Diversity policies are available on our website: colchester.ac.uk. Safeguarding Colchester Institute is committed to the rights of learners within all its learning locations; it is committed to promoting their welfare, protecting their physical and psychological well-being and safeguarding them from all forms of abuse. The Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy aims to ensure that all learners attending the College do so in a safe and secure environment. Colchester Institute expects all staff to share this commitment. For more information on the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy, please contact Student Services.

Access to Learning Funds Under current government legislation, Access to Learning Funds have been established to provide discretionary support to certain categories of student. If you think your financial circumstances may prevent you from attending a full-time or part-time higher education course, you may be eligible for financial support from the Access to Learning Fund. Further information can be obtained from the Student Finance Adviser at Colchester Institute on (01206) 712293. Nursery Facilities The Colchester Campus has a specially equipped nursery that is open during term time from 8.00am to 5.00pm. The Nursery, with its fully qualified staff, caters for children aged two and a half to five years and is registered with Social Services and the Government Childcare Voucher Scheme. For further information please call (01206) 712292. Students facing financial constraints can apply to the Access to Learning Fund which may offer help towards childcare costs. Information is available from the Student Finance Adviser on (01206) 712293. Counselling A professional counselling service is available should you experience personal difficulties of any kind. It is a friendly and confidential service and appointments can be made through Student Services.

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How to Find Us Transport Links

Colchester Institute is easy to reach by public transport or car and is within walking distance of both the railway station and the town centre. By Train Colchesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main railway station is easily accessed from London Liverpool Street, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Clacton, Harwich and Norwich. For train times and detailed journey information, please contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50. The campus is a short walk, or bus ride, from Colchester North rail station. By Bus/Coach There are daily coach services linking Colchester to other major towns. Local buses stop close to the campus and town centre bus stops are within a short walk. For detailed information on bus and coach services please contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. By Bicycle Colchester is on National Cycle Network routes 1 and 51 and also has an extensive network of local cycle routes, a number of which serve Colchester Institute. By Car Colchester has good road access to the rest of the UK, via the A12, M25 and A14. If arriving via the A12 from the south (London/M25/Chelmsford/A120) Take the A133 exit signposted for Colchester Central. At the roundabout take the second exit and at the next roundabout take the third exit onto Westway, signposted for Town Centre. At the next roundabout take the fourth exit into Sheepen Road, signposted for Colchester Institute and the campus is on the left. A public car park is on the right. If arriving via the A12 from the north (Ipswich) or the A120 from the east (Clacton) Take the A1232 exit, and follow signs for the Town Centre, along Ipswich Road. At the double mini roundabout turn right onto Cowdray Avenue, signposted for Leisure World. Go past Leisure World and straight on at the next roundabout. At the second roundabout take the left hand filter lane onto Westway, signposted Town Centre, and at the next roundabout take the fourth exit into Sheepen Road.

Disclaimer This prospectus describes the programmes offered by Faculty of Creative Arts. We take all reasonable steps to provide education services in the manner set out in the prospectus. We do not guarantee the provision of such service. We have tried to make it as accurate as possible at the time of publication, but it is for guidance only and does not form any part of any contract. We will do our best to provide the courses but we may have to modify or withdraw a particular course depending on customer demand and other factors. If there is any disruption to courses or programmes, through events outside our control, we will do all we reasonably can to minimise the inconvenience to students, but cannot be held responsible for any consequent loss.

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