What opportunities will this course give me?
The Pre-degree Foundation Diploma offers an opportunity to explore the full range of art disciplines and career opportunities available within the creative industries. If you are unsure of what aspect of art, design and media you would like to study at university, then this programme will help you make an informed choice through practical experience supported by critical understanding. You will have hands-on experience in all the art disciplines from fine art, graphics design, illustration and fashion/textiles to photography, animation and digital video production. Working in a studio-based environment, each student has access to specialist workshops, equipment and facilities.
Under the guidance of a personal supervisor, you will create an exciting and articulate portfolio in preparation for application to university.
For the last 13+ years we have maintained a 100% success rate in applications to university. Previous students have gained places at courses within all art, design and media disciplines at leading universities throughout the UK including Goldsmiths, London College of Fashion (UAL), Chelsea College of Art (UAL), Central St Martins (UAL), The Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) and Glasgow School of Art.
What will I be learning?
The Pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media includes Level 3 and Level 4 units. The qualification is awarded by The University of the Arts, London (UAL) and is delivered in three progressive stages:
Stage 1: Learning Skills and Context (Level 3 units) In this initial exploratory stage you will undertake a rotation of six - eight specialised workshops providing technical skills relevant to all art, design and media pathways. These are photography/graphics; printmaking/illustration; fashion/textiles; fine art/sculpture; digital video production; research and ideas generation. In addition, you will take part in a week of life drawing classes. The workshops are extended through a series of short independent projects, which build on the practical investigation of materials and processes. This will enable students to make an informed and confident choice of pathway specialism.
Stage 2: Development and progression (Level 4 units) this stage enables you to focus on a specific pathway. Students will be encouraged to work increasingly independently to facilitate their practical work and research themes. You will produce work in response to assignments with open briefs, which allow students to respond individually to solve challenging and exciting visual problems. You will specialise in the second part of this stage, preparing a digital and paper portfolio in preparation for application and progression to university.
Stage 3: In this confirmatory stage you will work with a specialist personal tutor to write and direct an independent Project Proposal. Students will initiate, research and realise, a substantial body of work in response to a subject defined by the learner in their proposal. The project is concluded through a public exhibition of the work produced. It is at this stage that the overall grade is awarded.
Why is this course for me?
You will be taught in a studio environment with access to specialist equipment, facilities and workshops. As part of a series of set assignment briefs, students receive regular feedback through tutorials and group critiques. The open briefs are designed to encourage independence and facilitate an individual response to complicated and challenging visual problems. Students receive feedback at the end of each assignment and are formerly assessed at the end of each of the three programme stages, receiving both verbal and written feedback. Students will also take part in a seminar programme. Final grades are awarded in response to the work produced during the Project Proposal and Realisation stage. This requires students to professionally present their work in a public exhibition. It is at this stage students will determine their overall grade as Pass, Merit or Distinction. Students are expected to attend all taught sessions and have additional access to facilities during self-directed study periods. Tutorial periods are designed to facilitate progression and include specialist workshops to help students with their UCAS applications and prepare for the academic environment of university. These sessions include an introduction to Harvard referencing, writing a personal statement and developing an online digital portfolio.
What do I need to sign up?
It is preferable for applicants to have a Level 2 qualification in an art & design related subject and are required to have a portfolio demonstrating suitable potential for the course. Mature students may be considered on the quality of portfolio alone and are encouraged to apply.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Students are offered a range of study visits to galleries and museums in cities such as London, Brighton and Oxford. In addition to nationally important exhibitions at major institutions, students are given the opportunity of visiting small independent galleries and exhibitions.
In addition to art materials and sketchbooks, students will need to buy an A1 portfolio in preparation for their university application. As part of this portfolio and the end of year exhibition, students may need digital prints of their work. The cost of this printing is the responsibility of individual students. Tuition costs for the Foundation Diploma are fully funded for students under 19. For students who are 19+, fees may apply.
UAL Awarding Body is part of University of the Arts London and is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England. They are selective about who they work with and seek to identify institutions who are innovative, creative and committed to arts education.
Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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