BA (Hons) in Art and Design with Foundation Year (Part-time)
This is a two-year, part-time higher education course for mature learners who would like to refresh or develop their skills before going on to further study in art and design at degree level.
You would be required to attend College two days per week over the two years. The first year is a general introduction to art and design practice, where the various modules are studied via practical workshops, a drawing programme, project work, art history, research and study skills that are aimed at providing you with the experience and knowledge you need to progress – and also to decide which subject area you would like to concentrate on in the second year.
During the second year you will focus on producing work in your chosen subject (for example, Fine Art, Fashion, Textiles, Graphic Media or Photography). The emphasis here, is on employing and enhancing the skills and knowledge you acquired during the first year, to develop a portfolio of work for progression onto a degree level course in that subject. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your choice of subject and your work with the relevant course leaders, who will be able to advise you on the suitability of their course for your needs.
BA (Hons) Art and Design modules offered
Structured practical sessions introduce students to a range of drawing practices and principles in both traditional and unconventional drawing materials. The skills and understanding developed here will assist in developing and giving form to ideas in all other areas of your studies.
Through lecturers, seminar discussions, research and practical and written work students will be introduced to the theories, ideas and history of art and design practice.
This module introduces you to printmaking, ceramics, photography, design software, wood, metal and plastics. As well as receiving separate inductions in these areas students will also be encouraged to explore and experiment with integrating and combining them on set project work.
Through set projects students will develop work that relates to your chosen subject through research, practical work and reflection. Emphasis will be on the independent development of your ideas and encouraging you to take ownership of the learning process.
This final module provides an opportunity to further extend, develop and refine your research and ideas and the practical execution of your work. You will be encouraged to take greater responsibility for the direction your work takes, and present your work in an appropriate exhibition space.
On successful completion of the first two years students will be eligible for progression onto year one of our BA Honours degree courses in your chosen subject.
32 UCAS points* plus 3 GCSEs (grades A*- C) including English, plus a portfolio of visual work or completion of the first year of a level 3 diploma in an art related subject.
Please note, students without formal qualifications, but with an appropriate portfolio of visual work or work experience will also be given full consideration.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the relevant application form and return it to our Admissions team as early as possible. You can return your completed application form in person or by post to our Colchester (for applications to Colchester and Clacton) or Braintree campuses:
The College at Braintree
Applying for a Part-Time Degree-Level course
All part-time degree-level courses are not offered through UCAS, and must be applied for directly through Colchester Institute. For this you will need to fill in and return to us as soon as possible. This application form can be downloaded here, quoting the relevant course code:
For further information about our degree-level courses click here.
Applying as a Full-Time International Student (EU & Overseas)
Applications for Higher Education courses from International Students must also be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications can be made on-line from any country via the UCAS website at www.ucas.com. Details of all eligible courses are given at this site, Colchester Institute’s UCAS reference number is CINST C75.
International Applications made via UCAS will be forwarded to us for processing but the offer and acceptance procedure is made through UCAS and not directly with us. Once we are notified of your acceptance we will request payment of your deposit for more information on fees and deposits click here.
Applying as an Part-Time International Student (EU only)
Students coming into the UK on a Tier 4 (General) student visa will only be eligible to apply for full-time courses at a minimum NQF level 3 or above or full-time English Language Programmes.
Colchester Institute’s International Student Application Form is available to download. Before completing the application form you must read and understand the information about our Fee Payment and Refund Policy. On signing the application form you are agreeing to the terms of this policy.
With your application form you must also send:
- Certified copies of your academic qualifications
- Where appropriate, evidence of your English Language ability (IELTS or equivalent)
- A reference to confirm your status and suitability for the course.
- An email or correspondence address where we can keep in touch with you about your application
Print off and complete the International Applications Form and return it to:
International Admissions Officer
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 University Centre Colchester Operations office 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.
The Late Funding Loan is used to assist home students whose funding, for whatever reason, is not available to them at the beginning of term (excluding the usual 5-7 day delay caused by registration and loan release
Students are required to complete a brief application form and provide evidence to show that they have applied for funding. This evidence can be a letter, online print-out of a screen shot or staff confirmation of online account. Telephone contact with funding provider is also acceptable if necessary.
Loan amounts are based on Income Support figures and are allocated in four week blocks.
Loan amounts for four-weeks are:
£260 for single students/couples
£330 for students with one child (an additional £60 to be added for each additional child)
All loans must be repaid by the end of the academic year, students will not be allowed to progress onto the next year of their course or receive transcripts or degree certificates while there are any outstanding loans.
Should you make a successful application to the main Hardship Fund, your Late Funding Loan may be deducted from your eventual award.
Application forms can be collected from Student Services, B Block Ground Floor.
The University Hardship Fund aims to assist students who experience unexpected financial difficulties due to circumstances which could not have been predicted at the start of their course.
Students must demonstrate the following in their application:
- How their financial situation has changed since their studies began.
- Why these changes are unexpected and could not have been predicted at the start of their course.
- What steps they are taking to find alternative funding. Students in the early years of their course must demonstrate that they have thought about how they are going to fund the rest of their studies.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Students can apply to the Hardship Fund (HF) if they are experiencing unexpected and unforeseeable financial difficulties.
- Students must be enrolled on a University of Essex degree programme or a Pearson HNC/HND award.
- Students must fulfil the residency criteria as described in sections A and B of the application form
- Undergraduate students must have taken the full amount of student loan to which they are entitled before they can apply to the Hardship Fund – this means that they must have been financially assessed. The only exception to this is where students have not been financially assessed because their household income is over the income threshold for means-tested support. In this case students must provide evidence of their household income (i.e. P60’s, wage slips, etc.)
- Awards will not normally be made to students whose situation is financially unsustainable unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Panel needs to be assured that students have sufficient funding in place for the remainder of their course.
How does the Panel define unexpected circumstances?
The following circumstances are not considered unexpected and will not result in an award:
- students who, in the opinion of the Committee, had inadequate funding at the outset of their course;
- students who are unable to obtain paid employment unless a contract was in place prior to commencing their studies;
- students who require assistance with childcare costs, where this has not been taken into account at the start of their studies. It is expected that all students will have made full provision for themselves and their family before beginning their studies. Assistance cannot be given to students who need to increase their childcare because they have underestimated their study needs;
- students who need assistance in repaying debts which were in existence prior to start of their course. It is expected that students will have taken these into account when deciding whether they can afford their studies;
- assistance will not normally be given to support maternity or paternity leave for children born whilst a student is on course, unless there are exceptional circumstances;
- students who require funding to replace damaged or stolen belongings will be expected to report losses to the police and make any insurance claims before applying to the University Hardship Fund;
- students whose parents or sponsors have allegedly withdrawn their support unless there are exceptional circumstances.
What is the application procedure and deadlines?
Students should contact Student Services to request an application form and discuss their application. Completed application forms should be submitted by the student to Student Services as soon as possible and by the appropriate deadline listed below.
Applications are considered by the Panel, which meets termly. The relevant dates are listed below:
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|2||16th March 2018||24th March 2018|
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Submitting your application
Before Colchester Institute will consider your application to the Hardship Fund we require you to take the following steps:
- Seek advice and assistance from Citizens Advice Bureau about your financial situation
- Seek advice from the National Debt Agency (if you have debts)
- Research charities that may be able to help i.e. Turn2Us.org.uk
- Be in or able to evidence that you are actively seeking paid employment
- Complete the Money Management Development Modules available from Student Services
Please provide evidence of the above with your application. If the above steps are not evidenced in your application it will not be assessed and a decision will be delayed.
In addition to the evidence above, on the back page of the application form is a list of documents you will need to submit with your completed application form.
How are students notified of the outcome?
The outcome of an application will be sent via email to the student. Payment of any award will be made directly to the student, to the account specified in their application.
If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of their application, they must submit an appeal in writing within 14 days of the date of the decision letter. Letters should be addressed to the Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality at Colchester Institute.
An appeal must either:
(i) Contain new or more detailed information relating to the applicant’s situation which was not available to them at the time of their original application. Applicants must be able to provide compelling reasons why the information was not available in the first instance, or
(ii) Dispute the application decision by demonstrating that the decision was procedurally flawed, for example that the decision was not taken in accordance with the funding criteria.
The results of the appeal will be sent to the student within 28 days of receipt of the appeal.
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It is possible, in urgent cases, to apply for a Crisis Loan/Award for the Panel to consider between meetings for the Hardship Fund.
Awards will be made in kind (e.g. bus pass). No cash awards will be made unless there are exceptional circumstances and in these instances approval will be required from the Panel.
Students must provide evidence from tutor confirming that the funds applied for are essential to student completing their chosen course.
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
Our courses are delivered by tutors with extensive experience in their chosen field and their professional expertise is valued by our students. You will be taught by an experienced teaching team, including professional practitioners with industry experience, whose know-how and knowledge provides an enlightening and unique understanding of the industry. Students value their small teaching groups and ready access to academic staff who know their students well and provide individualised support and guidance.
We aim to provide a welcoming environment in which you are encouraged to realise your full potential and where every individual is valued and offered equal opportunity to progress.
We know that there might be times during your studies when you need someone to talk to, or you may have concerns that you need some support with – our welfare team is on hand to help.
We offer a free counselling service to all our students.
Counselling can offer support with a wide range of personal issues, including difficulties with anxiety, family problems, or personal relationships. We also hold lists of local health and support services so that if we can’t help, we can direct you to a specialist service that can.
We pride ourselves on the support provided to students with additional needs. Our dedicated team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. If you have a disability and/or learning difficulty it is important that you notify us at the outset, by indicating this on your UCAS application form. This way, the right support can be put in place to help you make the most of your studies.
Our aim is for you to become a successful and employable graduate. Planning a route for your career journey is essential and we proactively offer opportunities for you to develop the skills and knowledge you require to succeed in your ambitions.
We have high expectations of your ability to progress and achieve your goals. Above all, we are committed to supporting you in developing and managing your career aspirations during your time with us. Whether you plan to progress into postgraduate study, employment, professional training, a portfolio career, entrepreneurial activities, or simply wish to explore your options through experience and placements, our Careers team is on hand to deliver a wide range of services to support you.
- Guidance to begin your career thinking early and to make well-informed choices that are right for you
- Support in seeking work experience and employment opportunities
- High quality resources, information and advice
- Support in building an excellent graduate cv and digital profile
- Knowledge of the graduate labour market
In addition to providing a bank of resources on the UCC Study Skills page on Moodle, our Undergraduate & Postgraduate Study Skills Tutor provides whole class sessions and one to one tutorials in the following areas:
- What tutors expect: how to read module guides and assignment briefs
- How to plan an assignment
- Time and workload management
- Written English (including grammatical accuracy and use of punctuation)
- Academic writing style
- Harvard referencing and how to avoid plagiarism
- Research skills
- Reading tips: how to get more from your reading and reading difficult texts
- Proofreading techniques and creating a personal checklist
- Higher order thinking skills: critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, synthesis
- How to write good essays: introductions, conclusions and linking
- Report writing and formatting
- How to relate theory to practice
- Reflective practice
- PowerPoint and giving presentations
- Computer skills
- English & Maths for PGCE/Cert Ed students
- Revision skills and exam technique
Students can book 50 minute tutorials for academic support tailored to individual requirements.
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