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PGDip Advanced Professional Practice

PGDip Advanced Professional Practice

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Professional Practice provides students with structure and support in their exciting first year of Art & Design professional practice. This includes developing their entrepreneurial skills, responding to market feedback in the advancement of their products and/or services, and application to selected shows, trade fairs, retailers and/or employers as they navigate their first year of business.

Key Course Features

  • You will be taught by a dedicated team of research-active practitioners who exhibit their own work both nationally and internationally.
  • Work on live projects, exhibitions, competitions, and commissions for public and private clients; this will give you confidence for your future career. For example, when approaching galleries and retail outlets with your work.
  • Focus is placed on developing your business skills in areas such as pricing, publicity and marketing. We are consistently praised by external examiners for how well prepared our students are for professional life.
  • Excellent gallery and commercial links, with the focus on craft skills to enable you to become exceptional makers.
  • Field and research trips to art galleries and important collections, exhibitions, festivals and design seminars nationally and internationally.
  • Artists in residence opportunities are available for both our graduates and established professionals. This is a real benefit both in supporting makers and giving valuable experience to our current students.

Assessment and Teaching

Assessment is predominantly through practical and design work – maquettes, sketchbooks, samples, and finished objects. Work is presented to tutors, and verbal feedback is given instantly, followed by more expansive written feedback.

You'll be assessed for each module. Formative assessments are used to monitor progress and can take place at any time. These consist of a band grading, plus evaluative comments and a feedback tutorial if appropriate. Grading isn't finalised until the end of the year when work is reviewed and moderated by an external examiner.

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work.

Career Prospects

Graduates from our current Applied Art programmes gain employment locally, nationally and in some cases, worldwide.

Self-employment and freelance employment are a particular strength within the Applied Arts with a high percentage of our graduates going on to owning their own workshop business supplying galleries and retail outlets.


The module is largely directed by the student, who will agree a scheme of negotiated study with their tutor at the outset of the module. Students will be monitored throughout their scheme of work by a tutor. They will need to demonstrate engagement throughout the process via completion of a portfolio of work, a reflective commentary, and evidence of professional engagement.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The programme admission tutors welcome applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements, or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications, usually gained through recent practice within the profession. These entry requirements are for guidance and reflect the general level of applicants to whom offers are made, but all applicants may be considered on an individual basis where motivation and commitment are considered, alongside academic requirements. All candidates will either be interviewed in person or where this is not practical, via a portfolio of recent work in hard copy or by digital representation.

University information

Wrexham Glyndwr University may be one of the UK’s youngest universities, having only gained university status in 2008, but it has bold and ambitious plans for the future. The university’s mission is to inspire and transform people and, through them, drive social, economic, and cultural change and success. This mission is underpinned by their core values, to be: Accessible – the university is dedicated to inclusivity and removing the barriers...more

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