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Foundation Art and Design (pre degree)

Key course information

Art and Design


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

The course consists of 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.During the Autumn Term you will 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, Bristol and Oxford.

female art student sat down drawing
male art student alongside a mannequin
female art student sat down drawing
male art student alongside a mannequin

What will I learn?

Units studied will include:

Research Record and Respond
, Personal and Professional Development, Media Experimentation
, Preparation and Progression
, Personal Experimental Studies
, Investigation into Creative Practice, Developing Specialist Practice, Extended Media Development
, Final Major Project

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English and Maths and 1 A Level in a related subject or equivalent.

A satisfactory interview with portfolio of recent art and/or design work.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

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.

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.

The final qualification will be a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Additional Costs and Information

There is a studio fee for the year of approximately £150 which is payable at the start of the course.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Art and Design

Career Opportunities

  • Photography
  • Animator
  • Graphic Designer

  • Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Art Teacher

  • Curator
  • Illustrator
  • Art Therapist

  • Conservator

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