Foundation Art and Design (pre degree)

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September 2012 entry at Salisbury , Trowbridge

If you are interested in...

Art or design in any of its many forms, and want to realise your full potential with the aim of progressing onto Higher Education, then Foundation Art and Design is an excellent diagnostic course to study.

Or you think you might be good at...

  • Exploring and developing your own creative ideas
  • Using a range of materials and techniques
  • Expressing yourself visually
  • Working independently
  • Organising yourself

...then the Foundation Art and Design is the course for you.

Who is this course for

Anyone who enjoys art or design, and wants to develop his or her abilities further and who wants an energetic and challenging year.

What does this course aim to do

This is a diagnostic course which aims is to identify and develop your strengths, to enable you to successfully progress onto a suitable degree course.

Employment opportunities

Students regularly progress to a wide range of degree courses including:

  • Architecture
  • Interior architecture
  • Furniture design
  • Product design
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Craft
  • Footwear design
  • Jewellery
  • Fashion
  • Fashion promotion
  • Fashion accessories
  • Theatre design
  • Costume for film and TV
  • Textile design
  • Surface design
  • Graphic design
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Time-based art
  • Art History

Educational Progression

The main aim of this course is to enable you to progress to higher education. The course has an established record of success with usually 96% of students progressing to good degree courses.

Student Profile

Many former students are now working in design companies or as freelance craft or fine art practictioners. Many of our ex-Foundation students have gained MA degrees at the Royal College of Art.

The Foundation programme normally accommodates students with varying degrees of dyslexia - including students who are highly dyslexic and highly creative. Such a student joined the course in 2004. His academic qualifications were poor but his understanding and ability were exceptional. He produced outstanding work and progressed to a Degree course at Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

About this course

The course consists of 9 mandatory sequential units covering a whole range of art and design, including drawing, painting, basic design, surface and colour, 3D studies, print making, photography, digital media and art and design history.

The first part of this course is 'diagnostic'. You explore a wide range of media and methods and you are then able to diagnose which area fits your abilities and aspirations.

At Christmas you choose to specialise in one of four broad areas for the remainder of the course: 3D Design and Craft, Fashion and Textiles, Visual Communications or Fine Art. Students often choose areas which they had not previously anticipated and students who studied Art at A Level often become designers.

Students are provided with permanent workstations in a well lit, purpose built studio with access to excellent specialist workshops for 3D work, ceramics, printmaking, photography and computer work.

Applications to higher education go through UCAS; guidance and advice on this is a part of the programme.

You receive regular tutorials, which focus on your coursework and help you identify your strengths and future progression.

During both the Autumn and Spring terms there are organised visits to see galleries and exhibitions in London.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the coursework that you produce over the year. The work you produce in the first two terms is assessed as a pass or fail. The work produced in the Summer term is assessed as your final assignment; assessed both internally by the course team and externally by the validation awarding body. This gives you a final overall grade at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Will I have to study at home?

This is an intensive and exciting course. You will be required to undertake your coursework at home and will need to allocate about 5 hours per week.

Are there any additional costs

There is a studio fee for the year of approximately £100 which is payable at the start of the course.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 1 A Level in a related subject.
A recent portfolio of advanced standard
A good reference
A satisfactory interview.

NB Adult returners who can demonstrate a visual commitment and produce a recent portfolio of work will be considered.

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Autumn Term

Unit 1 - Information and Research
Unit 2 - Recording and Responding
Unit 3 - Media Experimatation

Spring Term

Unit 4 - Information and Interpretation
Unit 5 - Combined Experimental Studies
Unit 6 - Media Development
Unit 7- Preparation and Progression

Summer Term

Unit 8 - Integrating Theory and Practice
Unit 9 - Personal Confirmation Study

Tutorial Services

As a full-time student at Wiltshire College, you will be supported throughout your course by either a Personal Tutor, Academic Advisor or Learning Mentor. You will receive one to one tutorials at least 6 times a year with your allocated member of staff.

The purpose of your one to one tutorial is to ensure that you are making the necessary progress towards the achievement of your main qualification aim and to address any academic or personal issues that you may wish to raise.

In addition you will be encouraged to undertake enrichment activities and events or complete a Personal and Social Development qualification that will help you grow and prosper as an individual, thereby supporting your progression opportunities into further study, training or employment.

Functional Skills

Functional skills are English, maths and ICT skills that everyone needs to be able to progress successfully, and to do well, in employment or further study. We will work with you to improve your functional skills to a level to enable such successful progression.

International courses at Wiltshire College

We have a team of staff whose responsibility is helping you make the right course choice, helping you understand the financial aspects of UK education and guiding you through the application process.

Contact the team at or call 01722 344344 (international callers dial +44 1722 344344) and ask for International Admissions Salisbury.

An application form can be downloaded here: Application Form.

Did you know?

Wiltshire College is a founder member of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills.