If you know you want a career in art and design, this Foundation course is the perfect way to discover your strengths and interests, helping you to decide on your future career path. The course covers a wide range of topics including drawing, painting, basic design, surface and colour, 3D studies, printmaking, photography, digital media, and art and design history. At the start of the course you will explore a wide range of media and methods and then 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 find that the area they choose is not one they had previously considered). You will have a permanent workstation in a well-lit, purpose-built studio with access to excellent specialist workshops for 3D work, ceramics, printmaking, photography and computer work. You’ll receive regular tutorials which focus on your coursework and help you identify your strengths and future progression. During the Autumn and Spring terms you’ll go on organised visits to see galleries and exhibitions in London, Bristol and Oxford.
What will I learn?
You will study a range of units including:
• 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
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Your coursework during the first two terms will be assessed as a pass/fail. In the Summer term your final assignment will be assessed, both internally and externally, as a pass, merit or distinction. You will need to allocate around five hours per week for coursework at home.
The final qualification you receive will be a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
As part of the programme you will receive guidance and advice on applying through UCAS for a higher education course.
• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (9-4) including English and maths and 1 A-Level in a related subject, or equivalent.
• A good portfolio of recent art and/or design work.
• A satisfactory interview.
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?
The main aim of this course is to enable you to progress to higher education. The course has an established record of success with approximately 96% of students progressing to good degree courses, including:Architecture Spatial Design Furniture and Product design Glass Ceramics and Craft Fine Art 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