BA (Hons) Visual Arts with Foundation Year (Level 0)

Welcome to BA (Hons) Visual Arts with Foundation Year (Level 0)

This could be a good starting point. If you have had a break from education (however long it might have been), but are thinking about a career in art and design, this programme has much to offer. Designed to provide you with a practical introduction to different areas of art and design practice, you will build a portfolio of work to support your progression onto one of our degrees in the School of Art.

If you would like to find out more, one of the best ways to do that is to meet our current students. We have Open Days that you can book into, but you can also contact us to arrange an individual visit.

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Your profile
You are a creative, imaginative individual, keen to learn and excited about the idea of working alongside others in an equally creative studio environment. You may need extra time to prepare yourself for study at degree-level, or you are just not sure which area of the visual arts to pursue.

Your subject
Art and design is all about making and doing, being imaginative and creative, inquisitive and adventurous. This can be through film, photography, design, illustration, fashion, textiles, fine art, craft-based disciplines and a host of other practices, all of which contribute to the UK’s cultural heritage, which is one of the richest in the world. All together our creative industries make a significant contribution to the economy and many are fuelled by Art and Design graduates.

Your course
This is a two-year, part-time degree-level course in Art and Design. It is a predominantly practical course and through lectures, workshops, personal tuition and independent study provides an opportunity for students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to progress onto the first year of degree level study.

The Foundation year is a general introduction to art and design practice that includes modules in drawing, art history, research, study skills and workshop practices such as print, ceramics and photography. Other project-based modules in art and design provide the opportunity for you to develop your own creative direction. With tutorial support, these modules will help you decide which subject area you would like to progress onto for your degree-level studies.

First Year

The first year is a more 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.

Second Year

The second year provides an opportunity for students to develop their own creative direction. During the second year you will focus on producing work in your chosen subject (for example, Fine Art, Fashion, Textiles, Design 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.

End of Year Shows

Click here to see our some of our virtual end of year show exhibitions for 2020.

https://www.colchester.ac.uk/ucc/exhibitions

 

Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Year One (Level 0) Year Two (Level 0) Contextual Studies Pre-2020 Course Information

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.

*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2020.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements for International Students:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

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.

Your future
Beyond graduation, there are many avenues of employment in the creative industries. They include teaching or simply establishing your own business or practice, but the potential career paths graduates can pursue are considerable in number and reflect the subject area’s educational diversity. Art and design courses also teach you transferable skills, such as communication, flexibility, teamwork and problem-solving skills that are a valuable asset in any area of employment.

Awarding body: University of Essex

Students who complete the course successfully will receive a degree from the University of Essex. The agreement between the University Centre Colchester and the University of Essex is reviewed every five years and was last renewed in 2017.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.

When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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BA (Hons) Visual Arts with Foundation Year (Level 0)
LevelLevel 4
LocationColchester
Duration2 Years
Course CodeZE2BAADP10
Academic Year2020-2021
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)2019-20: £3,000 per year
Additional Cost Information

The School of Art provides access to a wide range of specialist equipment relevant to courses. However, many students prefer to have their own laptop, and students will need to provide some basic things, such of your own drawing equipment. There will be costs in terms of educational visits, field trips, external exhibitions of your work and the purchase of materials required whilst completing the programme. These vary from year to year. Please contact the Head of School for further details. The majority of materials used in timetabled workshop sessions will still be provided free of charge. However, when students develop ideas/outcomes during independent study time, or when they are relatively expensive, or when a student needs to use particularly large amounts of a material, they may need to buy or make a payment for them. The various workshop facilities keep a list of stock items and their respective costs, but please note that these lists are subject to change and the School may need to add other items as appropriate.

Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia
Year One (Level 0)

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAADF0A / DU1BAADP0A The Practice of Drawing (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

To deliver a series of practical sessions aimed at supporting students in developing a broader awareness and application of the practice of drawing, through the practical and cognitive development of the skills, knowledge, understanding and application of materials and fundamental principles of drawing, as well as process-led approaches that will inform various aspects of their studio and workshop based studies.

What do I learn?

A studio-based practical module, designed to introduce materials, techniques and processes related to the act and language of drawing.

Through weekly workshop sessions, working from observed phenomena and conceptual information, students will explore approaches to drawing practice and develop their knowledge, understanding and practical experience through a range of drawing experiences.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio of drawing work, sketchbooks, contextual research and written reflection.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

DU1BAADF0B / DU1BAADP0B Study Skills and Contextual Studies (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an introduction to art and design history and practice alongside developing their awareness and application of the key elements of effective academic study.drawing, as well as process-led approaches that will inform various aspects of their studio and workshop based studies.

What do I learn?

A lecture and seminar-based module with two aims:

  • To provide an introduction to the main elements of higher education study.

This will typically involve sessions on research and presentation skills; time management; appropriate practice in academic writing and verbal communication.

  • To introduce students to a range of histories, cultures and subjects in historical and contemporary art and design.

This element will be delivered through a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars and study visits.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through oral presentation and written submission.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

DU1BAADF0C / DU1BAADP0C Workshop 01: Materials and Processes (analogue) (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to provide students with practical introductions to some of the historical art and design techniques and processes available to them.  This will contribute to the range of skills with which they can go on to develop their art and design ideas and interests as their studies and careers progress.

What do I learn?

A studio and workshop-based practical module, supported by tutorials, workshops, demonstrations and designed to introduce a range of ‘analog-based’ art and design materials, techniques and processes.

Through weekly workshop sessions, students will explore theme-based approaches to a range of workshop-based practices, such as printmaking; resistant 3D materials; ceramics and moulding techniques; Textiles.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio of practical work, sketchbooks, contextual research and written reflection.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

DU1BAADF0D / DU1BAADP0D Workshop 02: Materials and Processes

(digital and lens-based) (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to provide students with practical introductions to some of the digital and lens-based processes and equipment available to them.  This will contribute to the range of skills with which they can go on to develop their art and design ideas and interests as their studies and careers progress.

What do I learn?

A studio and workshop-based practical module, supported by tutorials, workshops, demonstrations and designed to introduce lens-based and digital art and design, techniques and processes.

Through weekly workshop sessions, students will explore approaches to range of workshop-based practices, such as photography and digital imaging.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio of practical or digital work, sketchbooks, contextual research and written reflection.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Year Two (Level 0)

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAADF0E / DU1BAADP0E Art and design Project (40 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired to the development of a more personally directed and sustained body of resolved art or design work.

What do I learn?

This is a practical, studio-based module.  Supported by tutorials, workshops and demonstrations, study visits, peer review, group and individual critiques, it provides opportunity for students to either propose their own or respond to a given brief with the development and production of a body of work that is informed by their own emerging interests.

This module also has a diagnostic element to it, enabling students (with support from tutors) to identify potential choices of discipline for study at level 4.

What’s the assignment?

Exhibitions, presentations or displays of work may also be a feature of module content and outcomes are evidenced through submission of a body of practical and contextual research, artefacts and written reflection.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Contextual Studies

Year One: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF4C / DU1BAFTP4C / DU1BAADF4C / DU1BAADP4C / DU1BAFAF4C / DU1BAFAP4C /  DU1BAPHF4C / DU1BAPHP4C

Study Skills with Contextual Studies: Histories, Theories and Contemporary Scenes (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to develop an understanding and awareness of the essential requirements of academic study at degree level and to gain practice in applying them through the study of historical and contemporary contexts relevant to their discipline.

What do I learn?

Through lectures, tutorials, seminars and study visits, this module provides a firm grounding in key elements of higher education study to support students in forming transferable skills relevant to all modules studied, whilst also providing a firm grounding in contextual historical and contemporary practices and theories of art and design.

This will typically involve sessions on research strategies; presentation skills; time management; critical thinking skills for effective reflection on learning; developing appropriate practice in academic writing and verbal communication.  This is carried out alongside introductions to a range of histories, cultures, theories, subjects and contexts that have a bearing on the conception, production and consumption of historical and contemporary art and design.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes will be evidenced through written submission and oral presentation.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Year Two: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF5C / DU1BAFTP5C / DU1BAADF5C / DU1BAADP5C / DU1BAFAF5C / DU1BAFAP5C /  DU1BAPHF5C / DU1BAPHP5C 

Critical Studies – Theoretical and Contextual Framing (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to develop their knowledge of contemporary practice in their discipline and to consider and articulate their own position in relation to it.

What do I learn?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practices and histories introduced in the Contextual Studies module at Level 4.

Through lectures, seminars, tutorials, study visits and independent study, students will examine further the relationship between art and design practice and theory, in order to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary theories of art.

What’s the assignment?

The outcome of their studies will inform their studio work and be evidenced through written submission and oral presentation.

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Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF5D / DU1BAFTP5D / DU1BAADF5D / DU1BAADP5D / DU1BAFAF5D / DU1BAFAP5D /  DU1BAPHF5D / DU1BAPHP5D

Personal Development Planning (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

For students to develop their abilities in reflective evaluation of their own progress; to identify potential future goals and determine what steps or changes they need to make to ensure their skills and expertise are equipping them for further study and supporting the achievement of these goals.

What do I learn?

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and study visits. Exhibitions, presentations or displays of work may also be a feature of module content.  The module serves as a bridge between the more study orientated (Level 4) Study Skills and Contextual Studies and the post-graduation, employment-facing (Level 6) Professional Development Planning module delivered in the final year.

The modules purpose is to provide a focus for students to consider how the skills and expertise they are developing are equipping them for their ongoing studies, the wider world and professional practice in their discipline.  They will be required to reflect critically on their experience to date, assess their strengths and abilities and determine what that means in terms of managing their ongoing studies and consider how they might impact upon future plans and where improvements or changes are needed in order to achieve those goals.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes for this module are evidenced through written submissions, blogs and oral presentation.

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Year Three: All Art and Design Pathways

Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF6C / DU1BAFTP6C / DU1BAADF6C / DU1BAADP6C / DU1BAFAF6C / DU1BAFAP6C /  DU1BAPHF6C / DU1BAPHP6C 

Research Topic: Relating your Practice (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this module is for students to gain a detailed understanding of a particular aspect of their discipline through detailed and focussed research and written communication.

What do I learn?

This is a research-based module, requiring students to prepare and submit a 3,500-word essay or report on a topic that bears a specific relevance to their main studio practice.  Delivery will be through an introductory presentation on the module and its requirements, followed by group and individual tutorials to support student’s development of their proposals and ongoing research.

What’s the assignment?

Submissions for assessment will be in the form of a written proposal and a written essay submission.

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Module Code and Title:

DU1BAFTF6D / DU1BAFTP6D / DU1BAADF6D / DU1BAADP6D / DU1BAFAF6D / DU1BAFAP6D /  DU1BAPHF6D / DU1BAPHP6D 

Professional Development Planning (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

The purpose of this is for students to prepare for pursuing their professional goals and aspirations by engaging in research and planning.

What do I learn?

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and study visits.

Students will be required to engage in reflective planning and documenting of professional development goals in relation to their personal interests and practice and although this is delivered and assessed as a separate module, students are encouraged to consider it as an integral part of their development as a creative practitioner.

What’s the assignment?

Outcomes for this module are evidenced through written submissions, blogs and oral presentation.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Pre-2020 Course Information

This programme was previously validated by the University of Essex as BA (Hons) Art and Design with Foundation Year. Students who commenced study on the course prior to September 2020 will complete modules approved by the University of Essex and upon successful completion will be awarded a University of Essex validated degree.

Please find below a list of modules for each year of the BA (Hons) Art and Design with Foundation Year programme.

Year 1

Module Code and Title:

BAAAD010 Materials, Processes and procedures (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is a series of practical introductions to the various workshop facilities in the School of Art (Wood, Metal, and Plastics, Ceramics, Print, & Photography).  You will also work with a particular theme or subject across all the work you produce for this module.

What do I learn?

You will learn appropriate health and safety procedures and a range of practical skills in printmaking, photography, working with clay and other materials.  You will also learn the value of developing and exploring an idea in a range of different media and techniques.

What’s the assignment?

You will be assessed in two parts:

  • Research and Development, which forms 60% of the mark. This will typically include all your artist research, sketchbooks, and the various experiments you have tried with different materials and processes.
  • Material Outcomes, which is all the finished work you produce, makes up the other 40% of your mark.

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BAAAD020 Art, Design and Craft Analysis (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is about the history of Art and Design, but not just what was done and when, but why, how, who it was, what people thought about it at the time, and how it influenced our thinking.

What do I learn?

You will practice and develop research and writing skills as you investigate and learn about the conception, production and consumption of art, design and craft.

What’s the assignment?

You will be assessed in two parts:

  • A short audio-visual Presentation, which forms 50% of the mark. This will typically be on an artist or designer, or a particular example of their work.
  • A 1,500-word essay, on a topic similar to your presentation, makes up the other 50% of your mark.

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BAAAD030 Drawing (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This is a studio based, practical module, aimed at improving and broadening your drawing skills and introducing you to some of the underlying principles of drawing.  It will also extend your understanding and awareness of drawing as a practice in a broader sense, through an introduction to the work of contemporary and historical artists and designers.

What do I learn?

You will practice and learn drawing techniques and skills, and you will also learn how to apply those skills in an experimental and exploratory way.  As the module progresses you, you will learn and apply research skills to investigate the work of artists and designers, which will broaden your awareness of historical and contemporary drawing.

What’s the assignment?

Assessment is based on a Portfolio of Coursework.  This includes all drawings, sketchbooks and research material.

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Year 2

Module Code and Title:

BAAAD040 Art and Design Development (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

The emphasis here is on experimentation, exploration, and an opportunity to apply the skills you have learnt so far to developing the personal creative direction in your work.  You will have the freedom to select the media, materials and processes you work with and also be encouraged to investigate the work of other artists and designers whose work is relevant to you interests.

What do I learn?

You will learn how to produce a wide range of visual research material to explore an idea that you are interested in.  You will learn to analyse the work you are doing and make appropriate decisions and selections to be developed into more resolved and final outcomes.

What’s the assignment?

Assessment is based on a Portfolio of Coursework (100%). This includes all drawings, sketchbooks, visual research materials and any other work.

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BAAAD050 Specialist Art and design Project (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is all about identifying a specific field of study (e.g. Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles) and developing finished work for presentation at the end of the year.

What do I learn?

Following on from the previous module, you will learn how to apply yourself to the process of translating your research material into resolved Final Outcomes, and these will be displayed in the Graduate Exhibition at the end of the year.

What’s the assignment?

You will be assessed in two parts:

  • Research and Development, which forms 60% of the mark. This will typically include all your artists research, sketchbooks, and any other work.
  • Material Outcomes, which is all the finished work you produce, makes up the other 40% of your mark.

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.



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