Wolverhampton School of Art

Independent Practice (CPD)

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022, 17 January 2022
  • Award Postgraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

This course will give you the opportunity to engage in a short Masters level programme in one of the art, design or media subjects taught in Wolverhampton School of Art.

From application, you will work with an academic tutor and be encouraged to propose an independent project that will build on your undergraduate or professional experience. The course will be tailored to your individual project but may provide opportunities for you to learn new skills and work with our specialist technicians in bespoke workshops. You will learn from our academic teams how to develop a body of work that is underpinned by the conceptual and contextual knowledge required at this level of study.

If you enjoy this short course and decide to enrol on a full Masters programme the credits gained may contribute to your final award.

The course runs over 12 weeks in either semester 1 or Semester 2. It is also available in the summer semester depending on the availability of equipment and facilities required.

What happens on the course?

When you apply for this course you will be assigned a subject tutor who will help you to refine your project, ensure it is feasible in the time frame and negotiate the access to resources you require. From the outset you will negotiate tutorial times, technical resources and access to lectures and studio/workshops that you might need to use independently or with support.

Your academic tutor will meet with you regularly and provide formative feedback at a mid-point review to ensure your project is on track. You will be expected to reflect on your journey through tutorials and by documenting your progress and research in sketchbooks, journals and/or an online blog.

At the end of the course you will present your project work for assessment. You will receive written feedback and the opportunity to discuss how you could further develop your work through postgraduate study or other career opportunities.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This course provides an opportunity for you to engage in Masters Level Study and you will be supported to develop professional outcomes that may support your application for a full masters course or develop professional opportunities to further your career.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Wolverhampton School of Art is a purpose built art school in the heart of Wolverhampton. It boasts some of the best workshop facilities and studio spaces in the country. Our academic and technical teams are practicing artists, designers and researchers and can support a wide range of bespoke and interdisciplinary projects. We welcome project proposals from graduates and experienced professionals who want to engage with our creative community and test and explore the depths of their art, design and media practice.

You will learn to develop your independent practice to Masters Level Outcomes

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £712 per year 2020-21
Home Part-time £728 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £888 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Depending on the course and level of study you are interested in, our entry requirements can vary significantly. At Master's level you will usually require an undergraduate degree, possibly in the same or a related subject. You may also be expected to have secured a specific grade. Other relevant qualifications may also help to support your application.

If you have relevant work experience in your subject area this can also help you to get a place on a course. If you do not hold an undergraduate degree but can demonstrate a sufficient level of work experience in your application this could improve your chance of getting a place.

In some cases a portfolio of your work may be required, e.g. to study a Master's in Fine Art you would need to submit examples of your work which would be reviewed as part of your application.

A good standard of written and spoken English is an important pre-requisite for postgraduate study.

EU and International applicants will additionally require I.E.L.T.S 6.0 in English.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate on-site programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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