Art & Design (Foundation Studies)

UAL Level 3 and 4 Diploma

Location Start Date Day Time Fees Duration
Leamington Sep-2017 Various 09:15 - 16:45 * see below 1 Year(s)
Rugby Sep-2017 Various 09:15 - 16:15 * see below 1 Year(s)

What will I study?

This is a pivotal qualification which provides a transition from general education to specialist Art & design study.

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.

What modules are covered?

  • Fine Art
  • Visual Communication
  • 3D Design (inc. jewellery, theatre, furniture, architecture)
  • Textiles/Fashion
  • Photography/Digital/AV media

What qualifications will I get?

UAL Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous and culminates in the Awarding of a Diploma at Pass, Merit or Distinction

What is the entry process?

The entry process is via an interview and assessment of the individual's portfolio.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum qualifications: Full level 3

For acceptance on to the course you will need to have a minimum of one A level or Extended Diploma plus a minimum of four GCSE's (Grade C or above) which should include Maths and English language or literature, coupled with a successful interview at which you will present a representative portfolio of work that demonstrates your present and potential ability. Applicants must be 18 years of age by August 31st in the year of joining the course programme. There minimum requirements may be varied for mature students by taking into account their prior experience and learning, commitment and potential.

What else do I need to know?

The course comprises of three distinct stages (Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory). Following an eight-week diagnostic period, you have the opportunity to study your chosen specialism in greater depth for the final two stages. Practical and theoretical aspects of a broad range of art and design activities enable you to make an informed choice of specialism and prepare for application to BA (Hons) degree or Higher National Diploma courses.

This course is studied one year full-time or can be studied for two years part-time.

Attendance: 4 days college for 1 year.

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English and Maths

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

What can I do after this course?

A wide variety of art, design and media occupations and careers exist in the creative industries sector of both the national and international economies. These range form commercial work in, for example, textiles, fashion, interior design, theatre, product and industrial design, advertising, televisual and film media and visual communications through to teaching and freelance or self-directed fine art and design practice. This course also aims to prepare you for entry to BA (Hons) degree or Higher National Diploma level study at college or university.

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Course tuition fees are free for UK students under 19yrs.

All students may be charged for materials e.g. equipment, clothing etc.

UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as any materials, registration and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. Please contact us for more fee information.

Advanced Learning Loan

If you are 19 or over at the start of this course, you can apply for a new loan to cover the course fees. There are no repayments until the course is completed and you are earning £21000 or more. Therefore if you earn up to £21000 a year there’s nothing to pay back. If you earn £22000 a year your loan repayments could be as little as £7 per month. Call us on 0300 456 0049 for more information.

We make every effort to ensure that these course details are accurate. Warwickshire College reserves the right to make alterations. Fees may be indicative at the time of publishing.

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