Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3
Projects are characterised by experiential, experimental and multidisciplinary learning and challenge you to broaden both your technical and conceptual understanding. We introduce the programme by exploring the core skills of drawing, media experimentation, research and critical reflection. You will be supported to identify personal strengths and affinities and to develop specialist skills and knowledge in a particular discipline such as fine art, textiles, fashion design, 3D design, craft or lens media. During stage one and two a series of talks, visits and workshops provide learners with detailed information about progression opportunities in higher education and beyond. Through organised presentation and critique activities the programme enables you to develop strong communication skills so that you feel fully prepared for Higher Education interviews.
Stage three takes the form of a self-initiated project. It is the culmination of the knowledge, technical and creative skills that you will have developed during the programme, and results in a final End of year Exhibition – a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work to fellow students, industry professionals, and the general public.
The course begins with a visit to a museum/art gallery that provides artwork for the first two units. There is also an educational visit abroad that provides students with the inspiration to enhance their portfolio material.
The Art and Design Foundation Diploma UAL Level 3 course consists of the following units;
- Ideas Development
- Materials and Methods
- Evaluation and Reflection
- Preparation for Progression in Art and Design
- Project Proposal and Realisation in Art and Design
In addition to this course and depending on your current qualifications, you will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.
5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English and maths (grades 9-4), and satisfactory results in a relevant Level 3 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and 1 A Level, at grade C or above, in an art and design subject. You will also complete an interview with a portfolio of artwork. All equivalent international qualifications are welcome, as are applications from mature students with alternative qualifications and/or work experience. . All applicants will be invited to attend an interview and asked to present a portfolio of their art and design work which should demonstrate their aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject.
After completing the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design in 2006, James Allen and Elliott Hammer went on to study Typography at degree level at the London College of Communication. Since graduating they have set up their own London-based design studio Birch, working with clients such as Salvatore Ferragamo and Black Box Press. They both share their experience with current Foundation students as visiting lecturers.
On successful completion of the Art and Design Foundation Diploma you will have the opportunity to progress on to various art and design related fields at junior or technician level.
If you decide to pursue a degree course, you will have the opportunity to enter employment in fields such as; graphic design, fashion/textiles, fine art practices, photography/moving image, digital design, film, interior design, furniture design, product design or teaching.
On successful completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress onto a wide range of art and design related degree courses, some of which are taught at Colchester Institute.
Applying for a Full-Time course
Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. All you need to do is complete our online application form by visiting:
Applying for a Full-Time course
Before submitting your application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to save a copy for your own records.
If you don’t have access to a computer or the internet, please phone our Admissions enquiry line on the 01206 712777 and we will send you a paper application form. The completed form can be returned by post or in person to our admissions teams at our Colchester, Braintree or Clacton campuses.
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We start accepting applications from the 1st October 2017 and have set an initial deadline for receiving applications of 31st January 2018 for a guaranteed place on your chosen programme (subject to you satisfying the entry requirements), although we do still accept applications after this date.
Applicants will receive an acknowledgement within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team on 01206 712777 to check that your application has been received.
In 2015, 1 in 4 students who got into university in the UK did so with a BTEC (UCAS report – Progression Pathways Jan 2016)
BTEC Diplomas provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and an alternative route to traditional GCSEs and A Levels. BTEC qualifications were established over 25 years ago and are recognised by universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. The table below shows how many UCAS points each of the most common qualifications are worth.
For example, an Extended Diploma at Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) equates to 3 A Levels at A*
For information on the tariffs for other qualifications, please visit the UCAS website.
The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:
- Career choice
- Progression Routes
- Higher Education
- Employability Skills
There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.
The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.
For further careers advice and guidance and support please contact email@example.com.
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If you are 19 or over on the day your course starts, and your course is an approved qualification at level 3 or above, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your tuition.
Please call (01206) 712777 for more information.
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