This is a great course if you've already turned 18 and want to get back on track for art and design at university. The foundation diploma prepares you for specialist art and design studies either at art college or university. The course is challenging and intensive and you'll build on your skills as well as discover plenty of new ideas, media and ways of learning.
You'll explore a broad range of disciplines in fine art (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, fashion, surface design, 3D sculpture, spatial design, graphic design and illustration) with growing independence until your final projects. Most of the course is based on practical work, so you'll respond to simulated briefs and meet deadlines. You'll develop your critical independence and ability to respond in a thoughtful and creative way while meeting the needs of the brief. You'll also study art history and contextual studies projects where topics include:
- Exploratory stage research
- Recording and responding
- Media experimentation
- Preparation and progression
- Pathway stage information and interpretation
- Personal experimental studies
- Extended media development
- A final major project.
If you study at Level 4, your final project and written work will be assessed at a higher level, and against slightly different marking criteria. We will discuss with you the different levels and what will work best for you at interview.
The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Level 3
Continuous assessment and coursework.
Depending on whether you study at Level 3 or Level 4, you'll need GCSEs grades A*-C in maths and English and a Level 3 qualification, eg an A-level, which will ideally be art and design related (or equivalent). If you're an older student, you might have a Level 2 qualification and some appropriate work experience so talk to us about how we can help find a route onto this course for you. You must be 18 years or older. You'll need to bring a portfolio of your recent art and design work to interview. If you don't have one, you'll be set tasks by the interview panel.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
You'll buy an art kit and this provides a variety of resources worth more than the cost - payment is assessed on your circumstances.
Progress on to the HNC in Graphic Design at South Thames College or on to a range of higher level courses at an art college or university.
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