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FdA Commercial Arts Practice

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Two years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.


The course is designed in partnership with local employers to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to their future employment. Students will be prepared for the world of work and able to apply the right skills immediately. Project briefs will make clear the industrial requirements and restrictions including a fixed deadline and will often be live assignments and competitions set by related companies and individuals.

Commercial Art and Design practice

Students who successfully complete this course have the opportunity to progress to BA (Hons) Arts Practice at the University of Suffolk or the final year of a relevant Honours degree. Alternatively employment opportunities exist within the regional and national arts sector including graphic design, advertising, gallery management, photography, illustration as well as freelance opportunities and independent artistic and craft pursuits. 

Assessment for this course is through essays/written work, portfolio production, student activity logs, exhibitions, course work and other assignments. 

Course modules

The course provides a broad range of art and design practice from art principles and processes through to techniques and communication design skills. Within each pathway students build on their capacity to be creative and resourceful, whilst becoming equipped with relevant entrepreneurial skills.

All modules build on existing skills and knowledge, allowing and encouraging broad creative responses. Teaching and learning takes place through class sessions, projects, practical workshops and demonstrations, research activities and student-centred learning.  Work-based learning consists of exhibitions of original art and design work. The first year project involves preparation, presentation and organisation of an exhibition of course work. The second year continues to develop this towards professional and sector requirements including a work placement. A number of selected industry professionals engage with the course, leading lectures, Q and A sessions and practical workshops in their chosen specialism.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Arts Projects
Sector IT Skills
Personal Development and Planning
Applied Image Making
Art project 1
Business Practice
Arts Marketing
Skills Integration
Planning and Preparation
Sector Sustainability
Project Realisation

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £8,220 p.a.
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2019 entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

Also see How to Apply.


International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.



Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.