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John Hancock

John Hancock holding a guitar and his painting of a flower

Study Type: Higher Education
Study Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Subject Studied: Art and Design

Foundation degree in Creative Practice offers nice content mix

Derby College鈥檚 new foundation degree course in Creative Practice provides the ideal content mix, says student John Hancock, who loves making art and music.

John, aged 20 from Etwall, is pleased to be among the first students on this unique full-time programme, which is validated by the Open University.

The course is designed to help participants develop their technical and creative talents then to use these skills to collaborate with other students from different disciplines.

John added: 鈥淭he foundation degree allows us to be free with our ideas but at the same time it provides structure and discipline. We have to produce reports and portfolios of our work.

On my course I write and record songs but I also make visual art too 鈥 painting on canvas 鈥 that sort of thing.

If you鈥檙e going to聽 record music then there鈥檒l be some visual aspect to that too and this course gives you the opportunity to engage in the whole creative process.鈥

John, who previously took Art and Design level 2 and Music levels 2 and 3 at Joseph Wright Centre, said it was also 鈥渁 huge advantage鈥 to be taught by College staff who already know him and the way that he works.

John added: 鈥淥ur lecturers are fantastic. They鈥檙e always on hand to offer support.鈥

He now plans to go on to take the one-year level 6 top up with Derby College to gain a full BA Hons degree.

John is not sure yet which area of the arts to focus on when he graduates but said his degree will give him options.

The foundation degree allows us to be free with our ideas but at the same time it provides structure and discipline. We have to produce reports and portfolios of our work. On my course I write and record songs but I also make visual art too 鈥 painting on canvas 鈥 that sort of thing. If you鈥檙e going to record music then there鈥檒l be some visual aspect to that too and this course gives you the opportunity to engage in the whole creative process.