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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.

Modules

  • This module introduces students to the common principles, associated techniques and demands of the art and design industry in addition to the distinctive characteristics of the four subject disciplines of Specialism. These disciplines are Visual Communication, Fashion and Fabrication, Three-dimensional Design and Fine Art. The main features of the module are the project-based assignments, which give students insight and experience of the research methods, materials and techniques of the subject disciplines, which will challenge preconceptions from previous study or experience. The teaching approach is studio-led, with one guided independent study day each week. Students will engage in structured exchanges and group activities to maximise opportunities to learn from one another and develop their interpersonal and problem-solving skills such as seminars, tutorials, group discussions, lectures and technical demonstrations. Tutor-guided critiques will familiarise students with constructive critical behaviour. Assessment of the module will be through the creation of a reflective journal and portfolio. On completion of the module, students will choose their subject discipline for Specialism.

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  • This module extends the introductions of the subject disciplines and signifies the start of Specialism. The main features of this module are the project-based assignments or tutor-supported investigations that will broaden the students' technical skills and require them to work with a diverse range of materials. Projects set within the module may be for an individual or group, and will require students to consider a range of contexts such as contemporary, historical, cultural, political or environmental factors when constructing their work, which will develop their research behaviours and ambition. The body of work created during the module will take the form of a specialised portfolio for application to the students' chosen university course or industry introduction. The teaching approach is studio-led, with two guided independent study days each week. Students will engage in structured exchanges and group activities to maximise opportunities to learn from one another and develop their interpersonal and problem-solving skills such as seminars, tutorials, group discussions, lectures and technical demonstrations. Tutor guided critiques will maintain and challenge students' reflective behaviours. Assessment of the module will be through the creation of a portfolio.

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  • This module extends the introductions of the subject disciplines and signifies the start of Specialism, running parallel to Module 2. The main features of this module are the reflective journal and structured exchanges such as seminars, group / individual tutorials and lecture series that engage students in a critical investigation of their work, progression aims and ambitions. Students will be encouraged to challenge their research behaviours and media application, as well as the work of their contemporaries. The lecture series will provide insight into the art and design industry and will aid students in their understanding of the journey into a chosen profession. The teaching approach is studio-led, with two guided independent study days each week. Additionally, students will be assigned a tutor to support them through their higher education application process. Assessment of the module will be through the creation of a personal statement, reflective journal and visual evidence of a critical awareness of research, media and technique in the portfolio.

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  • This module is the Capstone Project and concludes the foundation course. It requires greater student autonomy in the proposal of and completion of a singular, eight week developed inquiry. The main feature of the Capstone module is the self-directed project which allows students to synthesise and apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout the course. Due to the extended timeframe, the project is an opportunity for the students to extend their technical skill and creative problem-solving to produce innovative work of a greater professional standard. The module instils a professional work ethic due to the requirement of a disciplined attention to time management and project progression, preparing students for their continuation into higher education. The teaching approach is studio-led, with three guided independent study days each week. Students will engage in formative exchanges and group activities between tutors and students, and peer to peer, to maximise opportunities to support, extend and challenge thinking. Assessment of the module will be through the presentation of the project resolution and support work in a final exhibition.

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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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