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Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Attendance Apply Year of entry
1 year full time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

OfstedThis accredited course provides a unique and thorough grounding in a broad range of areas within the creative industries. It prepares you for entry to degree-level art and design programmes, nationally and internationally.
The fast-paced modular curriculum, taught within a professional and supportive studio environment, helps you develop both conceptual and practical skills to make the most of the next level of your education.

What you will study

The course provides a thorough grounding in four main areas:

  • Visual communication – graphic design, advertising, packaging, bookbinding, art direction, film, illustration, moving image, making
  • Three-dimensional design – architecture, landscape architecture, interior, product and furniture design, prop and set design
  • Fashion – menswear, womenswear, costume, fashion journalism and constructed textiles
  • Fine art – painting, mixed media, printmaking, performance and photography

The year-long course is divided into three stages in accordance with Edexcel guidelines.

  • In Stage 1, the Exploratory Stage, broad-based workshops help you to choose and understand a future subject specialism.
  • In Stage 2, the Pathway Stage, you will explore your subject choice in greater detail and prepare portfolios for degree-level interviews.
  • In Stage 3, the Confirmatory Stage, you will write and direct your own brief using the knowledge, skills and confi dence you have acquired during the course.

You will attend a series of professional practice lectures from a broad range of industry mentors. You will also take part in a London drawing trip, where students work together on location-based drawing projects.

Please note: as places are limited and the number of applicants is extremely high, we expect applicants to have attended one of our open sessions. You will visit the studios, meet staff and students, and receive guidelines about what to include in a portfolio and how to apply, as well as an in-depth look at the course structure.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Stage 1: Exploratory Stage

  • This introductory programme gives you a chance to meet staff and other students in an intensive drawing and induction programme.

    You work in small groups to produce interactive work that pushes your knowledge of drawing-based practices. Using each other, your surroundings and new materials you will produce a body of work that explores new practices and ways of gathering research.

    We will also provide information about:

    • the faculty in general;
    • the library;
    • workshops;
    • photography; and
    • information technology using our range of iMacs.
     
  • A series of intensive six-day projects explore a range of art and design practices, preparing you to choose a subject area for your degree application next term. Working in new subjects you will not have experienced before, you will become familiar with new concepts, ideas and methods.

    The module culminates in a location-based drawing trip where you undertake a concentrated period of research and drawing with your fellow students in a foreign location.

     
  • You continue to explore a range of subjects through six-day projects, which cover:

    • graphic design;
    • illustration;
    • printmaking;
    • fine art;
    • life drawing;
    • fashion culture;
    • three-dimensional design;
    • experimental 'visual studies';
    • photography; and
    • art history with contextual studies.

    This prepares you to decide which specialist area you want to focus on next term and for your degree application. A Christmas vacation project will form the basis for the start of work next term.

     

Stage 2: Pathway Stage

  • This module is delivered in conjunction with the Combined Experimental Studies module. You will begin to explore your chosen subject for degree level application in greater depth. Projects will range from two days to two weeks as staff expose you to a range of areas within your core subject.

    You will also have time to visit colleges you are considering applying to for next year. Your personal tutor will advise you on courses suited to you as an individual and previous students will return to give you their perspective.

     
  • This module is delivered in conjunction with the Information and Interpretation module. You will begin to explore your chosen subject for degree level application in greater depth. Projects will range from two days to two weeks as staff expose you to a range of areas within your core subject.

    You will also have time to visit colleges you are considering applying to for next year. Your personal tutor will advise you on courses suited to you as an individual and previous students will return to give you their perspective.

     
  • This module is delivered in conjunction with the Preparation and Progression module. By now you will have:

    • a great deal of knowledge of your chosen subject area;
    • decided which art college you wish to apply to;
    • had mock interviews and folder reviews with your area tutors to prepare you for the degree interview; and
    • reviewed your project work and placed it in the correct sequence within your folder.

    During the final two weeks of this stage you will write and produce your own project, which will form the basis of the next stage of the course.

     
  • This module is delivered in conjunction with the Media Development module. By now you will have:

    • a great deal of knowledge of your chosen subject area;
    • decided which art college you wish to apply to;
    • had mock interviews and folder reviews with your area tutors to prepare you for the degree interview; and
    • reviewed your project work and placed it in the correct sequence within your folder.

    During the final two weeks of this stage you will write and produce your own project, which will form the basis of the next stage of the course.

     

Stage 3: Confirmatory Stage

  • The final stage of the course uses skills gathered throughout the foundation year.

    You begin research for your final major project during the Easter vacation period. The project will form the basis of your final exhibition and will be formally assessed by both internal staff and an external examiner.

     
  • The final stage of the course uses skills gathered throughout the foundation year.

    You begin research for your final major project during the Easter vacation period. The project will form the basis of your final exhibition and will be formally assessed by both internal staff and an external examiner.

     
  • Professional Practice Lecture Series

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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