The Art and Design Foundation UAL Diploma offers a transition from general education to specialist art and design education, enabling you to make an informed decision when applying to art and design higher education. You will be introduced to a range of art and design disciplines, contexts and processes and supported to build a strong specialist portfolio for application to degree level study.
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.
This course is delivered through a combination of studio and workshop practice, guided assignments, tutorials, seminars and lectures, a small proportion of which may be online. A considerable amount of personal study and research will be required. By taking responsibility for independent learning and managing time effectively, this course will provide an excellent springboard to future study and progress towards career objectives or further study.
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.
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.
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 University Centre Colchester.
Applications for September 2023 open now!
The application window for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications opened on Monday 3rd October at 12pm.
Before submitting your online application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose, and use this when you create your account. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to make a note of your USERNAME and PASSWORD details! You will need these later.
We have prepared a step-by-step video guide below – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.
If you have chosen the study programme you would like to apply for then you are almost there. We recommend that you read our handy application tips, watch our video and then make your application.
You can only apply for one full-time programme and one apprenticeship. You can do this together within the same application form, in what is known as a joint application.
Remember, you cannot study more than one core subject. For example, you would not be able to study two full-time programmes in different subjects simultaneously. You would take Plumbing or Music, not Plumbing and Music.
Your subject will be your primary qualification and forms the bulk of your programme of study.
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|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Applications||Applications opened on Monday 3rd October 2022|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year olds: Free|
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