BA (Hons) in Art and Design with Foundation Year
This educational route will accelerate students knowledge and understanding within one of the four distinct pathways:
BA (Hons) in Art and Design with Foundation Year Course Overview
During this foundation year, students will be introduced to essential skills and processes relating to the chosen subject pathway as well as aspects of drawing, researching and recording. Students will also build upon the personal skills needed to express and communicate ideas. On successful completion of the foundation year, subsequent years are as specified on the BA (Hons) Art and Design course description.
This programme is delivered using a combination of set projects, lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, theoretical and practical investigation, studio and workshop practice, exhibitions, field trips and self directed study.
An introduction to a range of drawing practices and principles relating to the subject area. As well as engaging in reflection on their own work, students will learn about the drawing of other historical and contemporary artists in their field. The skills and understanding developed here will assist students in developing and giving form to their ideas in all other areas of their studies.
Through lecturers, seminar discussions, research, practical and written work, students will be introduced to historical and contemporary art and design practice, theory and ideas.
An introduction to the practical skills and expertise that you will need to explore and realise your ideas. As well as receiving separate inductions in these areas you will also be encouraged to explore and experiment with integrating and combining them on set project work.
Art and design development
Explore, investigate and develop responses to a brief through research, practical work and reflection. As well as spending time working in the studio students will be free to independently access appropriate workshops in the department. Emphasis is on the independent development of ideas and encouraging students to take ownership of the learning process. There are module specifications for different pathways – Fine Art, Graphic Media, Fashion and Textiles3D Design and Craft
Art, design and craft analysis
Art and design specialist project
An opportunity to further extend, develop and refine, research and ideas and the practical execution of work. Whether it is via a set brief or a project proposal that has been devised, students will be encouraged to take further responsibility for the direction their work takes. There are module specifications for different pathways – Fine Art, Graphic Media, Fashion and Textiles and 3D Design and Craft
Following successful completion of their foundation year, Jade O’Bryan and Hannah Parry are currently in the second year of the BA (Hons) Art and Design: Graphic Design course. Jade and Hannah recently collaborated on a live project set by OMC Investments to develop a brand identity for a new boutique hotel in Colchester and won third prize.
On completion of BA (Hons) in Art and Design, graduates obtain employment in a range of art and design related applications including fine art, three dimensional design, graphic design, illustration, fashion/textile design, education, multi-media, exhibition, museum, journalism and styling.
On successful completion of the foundation year, on this course students progress onto the three year BA (Hons) in Art and Design programme in one of the four pathways.
A portfolio of artwork. 32 UCAS points* plus 3 GCSEs (grades A*- C) one of which must be English language.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
For students aged 18 years or over, seeking accommodation in the Colchester area for the academic year 2017/2018, Colchester Institute offer the following options:
New student accommodation offering excellent facilities and comfort. Rooms are allocated alongside Essex University students where you will have the chance to exchange experiences and mix with the students from all other courses. The village is situated approximately 3 miles from the Colchester Institute.
Rooms are furnished with ¾ beds with storage underneath (however the 1 bed flat and double studios offer double beds), desk and a desk chair, plenty of drawer space and a wardrobe with additional storage space on top. All rooms have a modern en-suite. Bike storage is available and there is parking on-site for £5 per week.
The cluster kitchens include a modern fitted kitchen complete with a combi-oven, microwave, hob and fridge-freezer. The studio rooms and 1 bed flat have their own personal kitchen including a micro-oven, fridge with freezer compartment and a 2 ring hob.
All bills are included, high speed broadband and Wi-Fi facilities will be provided in all rooms and communal areas.
For more information and to apply click here.
Avon Way consists of eight residential houses, arranged into flats all of which are managed by an independent company Mansion Student. The site is set in its own grounds, with views of the nearby countryside. The flats accommodate between two and six students and have shared fitted kitchens and shared bathrooms. An internet connection is included in the price.
Prices start from £91.00 per week, plus utility fee of £195.00 (per year) and a returnable deposit of £250.00. Tenancy agreements cover 48 weeks and start from 17th September 2016. Avon Way accommodation is situated approximately 3 miles from the college campus.
For more information and to apply, please click here.
The Forest Road House complex provides purpose built Student Accommodation for students. Located to the East of Colchester town centre it is approximately 1 mile from the Essex University campus and about 3 miles from the Colchester Institute.
Forest Road House was built by the University of Essex but now it is a privately managed residence.The accommodation comprises of 124 rooms within 2 blocks of 3 storey flats. 2 Single rooms and 2 Double rooms within each block have an en-suite facility. The complex provides a friendly and secure environment to live.
The rent will be charged at £340.00-£480.00 per calendar month depending on room type, payable one term in advance on 11 months contract. The frequent communal area cleaning and Wi-Fi is included in the price. There is no deposit but an administration fee of £120.00 is payable at the start of the tenancy.
For more information and to apply directly please click here.
Rooms in student house shares available from accredited private sector.
A variety of houses situated within 0.5 – 3 miles from the college. A deposit of one month’s rent is required and the signing of a tenancy agreement.
Prices vary from £250 to £350 per month and available both with bills included and bills excluded options.
To apply for this accommodation, please complete the Accommodation Request form at the bottom of the page.
Home Stay: Self – Catering Accommodation
We have a number of landlords who rent out rooms within their own properties. You will have you own bedroom with full use of the kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. Rent is normally between £70 – £95 per week inclusive of bills. A deposit of two weeks rent is normally required in advance.
Home Stay: Half Board Accommodation
In addition you may choose to include meals with your accommodation. Breakfast and an evening meal will be provide during the week with three meals at the weekend. Laundry is usually included with prices starting from £125 per week. A deposit of two weeks rent is normally required in advance. This option may be particularly helpful to International students as it gives the opportunity to practice speaking English with the host family.
To apply for this accommodation, please complete the Accommodation Request form at the bottom of the page.
Please see the Essential Students Guide to Student Accommodation for more support and information. Unfortunately we are only able to offer accommodation to students studying at Colchester Institute who are 18 years old or above.
For maps and more information on any of the above accommodation, please email email@example.com or telephone (01206) 712613.
You can also visit the Student Union at the Sheepen Road Campus.
Please note: Prices may be subject to change.
We are always keen to recruit caring homestay providers within close proximity to Colchester Institute. Students stay from a few weeks up to a year or more. You should be able to offer a student a comfortable room with adequate lighting and heating, storage, a wardrobe, table and chair. Wi-Fi access is preferable.
We are seeking landlords who can offer either self-catering or half board accommodation (breakfast and a full evening meal with three meals a day at weekends).
Many of our students who choose to live with a private landlord are from overseas and are keen to live with a family to improve their language skills. We also support the Erasmus Exchange program that is popular among European students. We also have a number of students who prefer a quiet, home like atmosphere.
If you live close to our Colchester campus and wish to apply to become a homestay provider for our students or for further details please contact our Accommodation Team on
T: 01206 712613
Please find below the tuition fees for Higher Education courses. Scholarships will be available for some students.These fees do not apply to existing students. Continuing students can get their latest course fee information from HE Operations.
All University Centre Colchester (UCC) students should confirm their eligibility for new or continuing student fees by referring to the University Centre Colchester (UCC) Fee Policy below. The Fee Policy also contains information with regards to payment schedules.
For further information please contact Registry (01206) 712555.
If you are attending, or are hoping to attend, a Higher Education course and you require advice on any of the following; the Student Services Finance Adviser may be able to help you.
- Applications to the Student Loan Company for Loans and Grants
- Advice on student funding including University Centre Colchester scholarships
- Hardship Funds
- Self-financing or work supported study.
We encourage you to apply for a full-time loan as soon as possible, even if your place is not yet confirmed.
To learn more about loans and how to apply for a loan please see Student Finance England.
These downloadable guides include information on:
- Money you may be entitled to
- How and when your money will be paid
- Repayment examples an example of repayments rates for when earn above the threshold after graduating.
Student Finance England’s new Postgraduate Loan application service is now open! If you plan to take a postgraduate master’s course from 1 August 2016, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.
The loan isn’t means tested, so is not dependent on your income or your family’s income. The quickest and easiest way for students to apply is online at: https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
For further information on Postgraduate Loans, students can visit SFE’s student finance zone on The Student Room which has been updated with a dedicated Postgraduate Loan section and includes answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Under current government legislation Hardship Funds have been established to provide discretionary support to certain categories of student. If subsequent to starting your course you find that financial circumstances may prevent you from continuing to attend a full-time or part-time higher education or sandwich course, then you may be eligible for financial support from the Hardship Fund.
Further information can be obtained from the Student Finance Adviser at University Centre Colchester.
Self-funded or Sponsored Students
We accept payments by instalment using FlexED. This is ideal for students who may be doing a 2nd degree, a self-funded postgraduate course or who is being sponsored by their employer.
Please click here to find out more about FledEx or speak to our team, for more information about out how this method of payment can work for you.
Career Development Loans
If you do not qualify for student finance, e.g 2nd Degree or post graduate study you may be able to apply for a Career Development Loan.
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans used to pay for courses and training that may help with your progressing your career or helping get you into work.
A government initiative, you may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Subject to terms and conditions.
Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview for more information on terms and conditions.
We also accept the ELC credits from the Ministry of Defense The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.
ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England and Wales).
Please speak to our team who are able to process the claim for using your credits at University Centre Colchester.
University Centre Colchester Support Bursary
New students commencing a degree programme with University Centre Colchester are eligible for a £1,000 cash support bursary per year (pro rata payment for part time students). The cash support bursary, which is linked to continuing attendance and success on programme, will be awarded for each year of study for a maximum of three years (totalling £3,000).
In 2017/18 the cash bursary will be paid in three equal instalments during November 2017, February 2018 and May 2018.
More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.
University Centre Colchester Further Education Progression (FEP) Bursary
From 2017/18 students progressing from Level 3 programmes at Colchester Institute in 2016/17 onto a degree programme with University Centre Colchester will be eligible for an enhanced progression bursary of £1,500 per year (pro rata payment for part time students). The progression bursary, which is linked to continuing attendance and success on programme, will be awarded for each year of study for a maximum of three years (totalling £4,500).
In 2017/18 the bursary will be paid in three equal instalments in November 2017, February 2018 and May 2018.
More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.
University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship
The University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship (UCCTS) has been created by University Centre Colchester to help eligible students from low income households with the costs of attending higher education study. The UCCTS is in addition to any other loans and grants that students might receive. Applicants will be required to meet qualifying criteria and apply through their student loan application.
Travel Scheme Benefits
For full time students the scholarship normally comprises a £500 travel payment in the first year of study.
For part time students the scholarship comprises a pro-rata travel payment in the first year of study.
To find out further information about the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship, including eligibility criteria please see the link below.
How to Apply
To apply for the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship complete the application form and send to the University Centre Colchester (UCC) Admissions Department. The final date for applications for the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship is the 1st December 2017. No applications will be considered after this date for students commencing their studies in 2017.
Travel Scholarship Application Form 2017/18 (pdf)
If you have any queries about the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship please ring 01206 712777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on applying for student finance please go to www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk
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For 2017/18 University Centre Colchester is offering discounts for new students on its postgraduate courses.
The discount will apply to all those holding a full Bachelor’s Degree (gained at either University Centre Colchester or any other UK degree awarding provider).
Eligible courses for the Postgraduate Discount in 2017/18 are:
- MA Education
The discount will be applied at the point of registration. For 2017-18 this will represent the following reduction on the annual tuition fee for the first year of full-time study, or first two years of part-time study, only:
- First Class undergraduate degree 33 per cent
- 2:1 undergraduate degree 25 per cent
- 2:2 undergraduate degree 10 per cent
The discount is not awarded in combination with other University Centre Colchester discounts. If a student is eligible for more than one University Centre Colchester discount, the discount with the greater value will be applied.
NB A copy of degree certificate will be required to obtain the postgraduate discount and University Centre Colchester reserves the right to remove the discount in the event of any fraudulent claim being discovered.
Any learner where there is a commitment from their employer/sponsor to pay their tuition fees in full and have provided a Colchester Institute Employer Authorisation Form to this effect at Registration will be entitled to a tuition fee discount up to 20%.
The fee discount will be removed from the set tuition fees at the point of registration and cannot be used in conjunction with any other fee discount. If said employer/sponsor fails to pay in full the tuition fees owed the student will become liable for payment and the discount will be removed and added to the fees due.
The discount is not awarded in combination with other University Centre Colchester discounts. If a student is eligible for more than one University Centre Colchester discount only the greater is given.
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:
- long-term health condition
- mental health condition
- specific learning difficulty, eg dyslexia
You can get help with the costs of:
- specialist equipment, eg a computer if you need one because of your disability
- non-medical helpers
- extra travel because of your disability
- other disability-related costs of studying
Colchester Institute Term Dates 2016-2017
|Term||Week Commencing||Half Term|
|Autumn||Monday 5th September – Friday 16th December||Week commencing Monday 24th October|
|Spring||Tuesday 3rd January – Friday 31st March||Week commencing Monday 13th February|
|Summer||Wednesday 19th April – Friday 23rd June||No Half Term – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May and Monday 29th May only|
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Foundation 1 year, BA (Hons) 3 years
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