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Professional Practice, Arts and Creative Industries (specialisation) BA Honours

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18 months part-time
Distance education
£9,240 (UK/EU) *
£12,480 (INT) *
Course leader
Adesola Akinleye

This 18 month distance education programme is a unique opportunity to extend your academic or professional diploma, professional certificate, higher national diploma, foundation degree or practice-based experience to BA Honours level while carrying on your professional activities.

Why study BA Professional Practice, Arts and Creative Industries (specialisation) at Middlesex University?

Our BAPP, Arts and Creative Industries (specialisation) course could benefit you if you are a practitioner in the creative and cultural industries, dance, musical theatre, music, performing arts, design, fine art, media and communication. We will enable you to develop your professional practice through engagement with a range of learning activities, culminating in a major practice-based project referred to as the professional inquiry.

The programme is delivered using a university virtual learning environment, online social networking tools, and campus sessions. This blended approach allows you to access individual support and to interact with other students in the BAPP, Arts and Creative Industries (specialisation) network during your studies.

Course highlights

  • Study is focused on developing professional practice by examining and exploring the issues that are important to you through professional inquiry
  • Your learning is developed through social networking web tools and supported through campus sessions
  • Academic advisers will facilitate your learning and support your development throughout the programme.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA Professional Practice, Arts and Creative Industries (specialisation)?

This course is delivered using campus sessions and online social networking tools, with individual academic advisers provided for students on the course. You will be expected to have regular access to the web and email for the distance-learning elements of the programme.

The content of the course is mainly based on the exploration and understanding of professional practice with the introduction of relevant knowledge and skills to facilitate professional inquiry. Current practice-based experience is essential and all applicants are expected to show that they will be engaged in practice either full time, part time, paid or voluntary, or through professional engagements.

You will be assigned tasks that involve: creating blogs and wikis; reflective reports; written reports; audio-visual resources, professional artefacts, inquiry projects, and oral presentations. Students will engage in reflection upon their practice, and be expected to communicate with other students and other professionals about their studies, work and ideas. The focus is on the establishing practice of the student rather than content 'owned' or 'held' by the University. The programme introduces higher education capabilities and skills and develops professional practice. This builds in complexity, leading to a major project based upon and designed to benefit professional practice.


The programme consists of three modules:

  • Establishing Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
  • Principles of Professional Inquiry (30 credits) - Compulsory
  • Professional Inquiry (60 credits) – Compulsory

Themes in the programme include:

  • Establishing and developing reflexive practice
  • Application of communication technologies
  • Professional networking
  • Professional ethics, inquiry planning and tools
  • Carrying out a professional inquiry in the workplace or in practice

How is the BA Professional Practice, Arts and Creative Industries (specialisation) taught?

The course gives prominence to a number of core themes, which are realised through assignments and interaction between the learning community of students and tutors.

You can find out about our learning and teaching activities by accessing our tutor and student blogs. Below are links to our tutors' blogs and from these you can access our students' blogs (they appear as followers).


Assessments are based on a range of stated criteria, but we value an overall commitment by you to engage in meaningful dialogue on the issues and topics covered in the programme.

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  2. International
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  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Professional Practice, Arts and Creative Industries (specialisation) support your career?

This course will help you develop your professional practice by:

  • Enhancing existing professional practice and career progression through personal development and self managed learning
  • Consolidating and expanding professional networks
  • Building confidence in managing professional experience to create a pathway for further study
  • Converting an academic or professional diploma, foundation degree or practice-based experience into a recognised honours degree

We are experienced in professional practice and our staff are dedicated to creating a lively and useful environment for independent learning.

Middlesex University has a large collection of resources covering work based learning and subject-based areas. We strongly encourage our learners to visit the library in person or online when working at a distance to make use of the valuable resources available there.

  • Tom-Hullyer

    Tom Hullyer

    Upon finishing his National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre at Urdang Academy in London, Tom began working in fringe theatre productions in the UK before carrying out performance contracts abroad.

    I am currently working overseas as a singer and dancer. My previous placements includes Ibiza and more recently The Dominican Republic. The duration of these contracts has spanned six to eight months, providing a fantastic opportunity to travel let alone the ability to continue working as a professional performer. These contracts have offered diverse entertainment programmes with shows featuring vocal styles that extend beyond my formal training. This has proved a welcoming challenge in helping to develop my craft as a performer.

    After signing with a new agent a few years back, I was being sent for a number of auditions including West End and UK touring productions. I had not given much thought to working abroad until an audition came up and I was subsequently offered a role as a singer and dancer for the summer in Ibiza. At the time of accepting the job, I was already close to completing my second module on the BAPP Arts Professional Practice programme with Middlesex University. With my professional inquiry as part of module three studies approaching I felt that a six-month contract would provide plenty of time for collecting research data to later use when writing my dissertation.

    One of the best aspects the course has to offer is its work based learning approach, affording the freedom to study around work commitments. This is extremely beneficial to prospective students who also working in the arts due to the unpredictable nature of the job. The theory provided via the module handbooks as well as the course’s emphasis for utilising previous arts-based training helped me develop a new found awareness as a performer. Extending upon formal training, the course can give perspective to areas of the practitioner’s profession that had not previously been considered. Tutors are always on hand for advice and there are a wide variety of campus and online resources available to students during studies. If anyone in the arts is looking to build upon their existing knowledge of the arts the BAPP Arts Programme can do just that.

  • Laura-Beth Hill

    Laura-Beth Hill

    After completing her National Diploma at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, Leeds-born Laura-Beth Hill enrolled in the BA Professional Practice programme at Middlesex University. Following her graduation in 2011, she relocated to Los Angeles where an unexpected career as a stand-up comedian has taken off.

    Being a stand-up comedian isn't something I ever thought I'd do. For my dissertation at Middlesex I looked at continued professional development (CPD), the differences for actors in London and LA and whether it makes you more employable as an actor. The answer to my question was that it might not make you more employable directly but it does indirectly through networking and meeting new people and honing your skills.

    I would advise people to do as much CPD as possible. When you're here you should do everything you can and get involved in as many things as possible. Don't turn anything down because there will always be somebody there who it will be good to meet. Nearly everyone in LA is involved in the industry in some way.

    Read more about Laura's story

  • Lizzy Rowden

    I decided to enroll on the BAPP course to enable me to further my studies and go on to train and become a secondary school dance teacher. I was working as a performer at the time and wanted a form of study that would enable me to still pursue my career. The BAPP programme was great and I could fit my studying around my own commitments. The handbooks are so clear and the communication network is fantastic and tutors are always there on the end of an email or skype call.

    I went on to study at The Royal Academy of Dance and completed a PGCE in dance teaching. I am now Head of Dance in a comprehensive secondary school teaching KS3, 4 and 5. I am so happy that the BAPP programme helped me achieve my dreams and would recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative way of studying whilst still pursuing a career. It helped me to develop as a practitioner and a person and I am now studying on the MA in Dance Technique Pedagogy with the distance learning team.

    My advice to anyone considering this course is go for it! You will learn so much about yourself and your practice and It will open new doors for you.

  • Chloe Horrell

    Chloe is a professional dancer and trained at Laban before joining Transitions Dance Company, based at Laban, and more recently working with Smallpetitklein.

    As part of my studies here I worked on a project to create my own dance company. Undertaking BAPP has given me a greater understanding of my professional practice to date and is giving me tools to help me guide and further my career in the dance world.

  • Jess Clipp

    Jess has been involved artistically with The Chickenshed Theatre since 1994. During this time she progressed as a company member and also completed a Foundation Degree in Inclusive Performance.

    I undertook a major work-based project to discover and present the most constructive methods for engaging Chickenshed's support staff in the artistic work of the theatre. I feel I have developed into a self-managed learner. I am aware of the importance of continuous reflection and self-monitoring of one's work so as to continually learn and gain new skills. I have also learnt how to be self-motivated.

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