This qualification is an opportunity to develop your skills as a writer in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and scriptwriting for film, radio and the stage. You'll be able to write in a genre of your choice and experiment with at least one other through practical and inspiring activities. You'll also hone your writing practice through sharing, reading and critiquing work in progress, and will work towards producing a substantial piece of your own creative writing to a professional standard.
Expand your knowledge and skills needed for effective, informed and creative environmental management. You'll examine current local and global concerns in areas such as environmental protection, legislation and policy, and natural resource management. Develop your skills in analysing the issues and improving environmental performance in all sectors.
If you're interested in designing and participating in effective environmental management, this diploma is for you. It's suitable for a wide range of contexts, from government, commerce and industry to voluntary, local and community organisations. You will consider the everyday concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy, in global and local contexts ? gaining the skills you need to unpack the issues and play an active and creative role in the process of improving environmental performance, in all sectors of society.
If you have a passion for the arts and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this certificate course provides you with an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications. You will deepen your understanding of art history, classical studies, philosophy or creative writing, while developing advanced research and analytical skills that will give you the edge in today's competitive jobs market and prepare you for further academic study.
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.
For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.
However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.
A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.
Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
This degree will equip you with the knowledge and critical skills to understand the histories and theories of visual, material and spatial cultures. This will be a rich and rounded experience as you go beyond the contextual study of art, architecture and design. You'll explore the power of images to influence debates, both historically and in the present day, and develop transferable skills in visual literacy. As you progress you'll acquire critical skills that address the subject area's place in the wider humanities and as a component of study in the creative and cultural industries.
This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You'll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings ? including translations ? and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage.
This degree explores human communication by focusing on the English language, its history, diversity and flexibility. You'll learn what distinguishes machine language from human language and how people adapt and change their ways of communicating in multilingual and multicultural contexts. You'll investigate how language works from written texts and conversations down to words and the smallest units of sounds, through words, conversations and written texts. You'll also explore English as a creative medium to express humour, thoughts and emotions. It's not, however, designed to teach English to speakers of other languages.
This general design degree focuses on developing creative design thinking and practical work to address problems in every aspect of life, not just the creative industries. The design modules feature online design studios, social networking and inspiring study materials alongside a significant practical component. As well as design, you'll study modules in complementary subjects gaining skills and knowledge in an area that fits your needs and interests.
Whether it's reading between the lines, exploring the written and spoken word, or developing your writing skills in several genres, this qualification is for you. With stimulating options in English literature, English language and creative writing, it provides opportunities to encounter a range of texts from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings; explore English language use in global contexts; and develop and reflect on your own writing practice.
This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating disciplines in the arts and humanities. These include art history, classical studies, creative writing, English literature, history, music, philosophy and religious studies. You can also combine your study of the arts with other options including English language, French, German or Spanish, science, technology, psychology, or social science. As you work through the course, your cultural literacy and understanding of the past will be developed. You'll also sharpen your critical awareness and refine the skills of debate and analysis that are highly valued by employers.
This interdisciplinary diploma combines science studies in biology, geography and chemistry, with aspects of technology and social science to help you understand the whole picture. You'll study the problems we face in understanding our natural environment and living sustainably, as well as developing your scientific, interpretive and creative thinking skills.