Art and Design: Progression to HE (Art Foundation) – UAL Awarding Body

Course Code: ADFDP
Learning Aim Code: 50079281
Full-time / Part-time: Full-time
Duration: One year (10 hours over 2 days per week)
Campus: Paget Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

This Art and Design course, aimed at adult learners, is designed to prepare you for entry to Higher Education within the visual arts whether it is Graphic Design, Fine Art or Animation or other areas in Higher Education. It is a very challenging but rewarding course which will broaden your skills and understanding within Art and Design and help you develop your own portfolio of work.

This course offers you the opportunity to explore a wide range of practical media, technical methods and a variety of theoretical ideas that are central to art and design in its contemporary context. It provides an intensive and realistic experience in a range of specialist areas and is organised in such a way that you are encouraged to build upon your previous experience whilst developing new skills, knowledge and understanding of your personal practice.

This course will give you experience in different Art and Design disciplines, including 3D Design, visual studies, textiles, illustration, photography, print making and graphic design. Each term you will work on a number of assignments and exhibit your practical work around the college with an End of Year Final Exhibition in the city centre. You will take part in practical workshops, lectures, debates, gallery visits and independent research. You will learn new skills and develop experience in a number of specialist techniques and approaches from experienced and dedicated tutors together with a range of guest speakers. We will develop your creative potential while improving your understanding of visual communication. Arts Council England has endorsed the quality of our teaching and learning and links with employers by awarding us ‘Arts Mark Gold’.

You'll train in our dedicated facilities which include dedicated 3D, Graphics, fashion and print making studios together with a range of classrooms and facilities on campus available to you including digital recording studios, TV Studios and editing suites. All tutors are active within the Art and Design industry and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to call upon enabling you the best opportunity to progress in your chosen career.

As part of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Culture we pride ourselves as being at the forefront of education and training for the ever changing Art and Design industry. Linking with local artists and companies and regularly hosting guest speakers, allows all learners to gain current and relevant training which gives them not just a qualification, but the experience in the career they wish to pursue. Arts Council England has endorsed the quality of our teaching and learning and links with employers by awarding us ‘Arts Mark Gold’.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study:

  • Fine Art
  • Visual Communication / Graphic Design
  • 3D Design
  • Textiles/Fashion
  • Photography

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will be:

  • Part of a programme of study that has Excellent pass rates
  • Taught by our enthusiastic, experienced and talented Art and Design lecturing team
  • Learning in a range of dedicated studios including Graphics, 3D, Fashion and Print Making
  • Have the opportunity to use a wide range of artist and studio equipment, software and cameras
  • Understanding how all of the skills you are learning can be applied in the industry
  • Improving your knowledge of what Art and Design industry opportunities are available
  • Gaining valuable team working and communication skills
  • Improving your employability skills
  • learning in a Creative Arts Department awarded ‘Arts Mark Gold’ by Arts Council England for the level and quality of our education provision in creative industries

How will I be assessed?

The course is project/assignment based and assessment is continuous throughout the year both in lessons, set work and through observations. Each unit will be assessed and awarded with a final grade of pass, merit or distinction. Some units may be subject to external assessment.

What can I do next?

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to begin to pursue a career in;

  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Architect
  • Fine Artist
  • Interior Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Fashion Designer and Stylist
  • Photographer
  • Sculptor
  • Concept Artist

After you have successfully completed this course you can progress on to our our HND in Graphic Design, a University Degree or employment.

What are the Entry Requirements?

It is strongly advisable to have GCSE in English at grade C or above. You will be asked to come for an interview and you will be expected to demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to undertaking an Art and Design course at this level by presenting a selection of recent Art and Design work.

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