Art and Design - Level 3 Foundation Diploma (UAL)
Qualification Obtained: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (QCF)
The Blackpool and the Fylde college level3/4 Foundation Studies is a pivotal qualification which supports students in the transition from general education to specialist art and design education. The qualification has been designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk taking. Learning through projects, assignments, presentations and group critiques will enable students to develop strong communication skills and support the transition from general to specialist art and design education. The qualification builds on learners’ prior experience, linking skills already acquired with ideas and challenges which will extend the learners’ critical independence and enable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards required to achieve progression to higher education. It is delivered over one year, and is a progression route for learners who have completed A-levels or a Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Art & Design or related subjects. The majority of learners completing the Diploma in Foundation Studies –Art & Design progress into higher education, with some progressing into employment or apprenticeships.
Course Entry Requirements
If you have passion and interest in creative practice, and are prepared to work towards developing your potential we want to hear from you. Successful applicants to this course will usually have:
5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language plus one 'A' level pass or Level 3 Extended Diploma.
Equivalent level qualifications, including equivalent industry experience or international qualifications will be taken into account. An informal discussion is required with portfolio of artwork.
If you would like to discuss your qualifications or you are concerned about anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Career Options and Progression
The majority of students progress onto BA Honours Degree courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College and other institutions. Degree level study could include: 2D or 3D Visual Communication, Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Graphics, Illustration, Architecture, Creative Industry Administration, Management or Teaching. Students may also apply for Level 3 Creative Apprenticeships to gain further qualifications in the workplace.
The North West has a burgeoning creative industry supported by significant investment in recent projects including Media City, Salford however the multi-disciplinary nature of a diploma in Art and Design means graduating students will develop the skills to work towards a number of different industry environments and respond to a range of varying market demands.
Modules and Assessment
This intensive, exciting and rewarding art and design one-year programme of full-time study is primarily designed for those students who intend making application to Higher Education (HE) at degree level.
Although recognised as an access route and preparation for HE entry to art and design, the course also functions as a broad educational experience, enabling students to apply and transfer skills to a wider range of related career pathways.
The Diploma in Foundation Studies features three distinct stages leading students towards independent and self-reliant learning.
During the exploratory first stage of the course, you will experience both 2D, 3D, and digital media disciplines and develop skills such as Drawing, Typography, Lens Based Media, Visual thinking and Analysis, Textiles, and 3D Design. You will also study historical and contemporary artists to inform your own work.
You will work in well equipped art, print, digital media, and textiles studios as well as using the latest industry-standard Apple iMac computers and software.
In the second and third stages, you will select a specialist option area of study that will lead you to a highly sophisticated broad skilled portfolio as part of your final major project, supporting applications and interview at degree level. Self-motivation, a strong work ethic and dedication are the key to your success on this programme.
Assessment is based purely on coursework, there is no exam. The course consists of 7 subject units and is designed to allow students a broad experience through creative briefs and specific projects. In the third stage of the course, students undertake a final major project that is assessed at level 3/4 (year 1 Degree level). Students will complete an individual independent project that synthesises and develops their practice, exploiting their skills and creative thinking in their chosen pathway.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will be working on practical assignments where you will be producing art and design work, with a wide variety of techniques, materials, and methods. In addition you will be given the opportunity to investigate experimental approaches to your work, combining traditional and digital methods. You will be expected to research, plan, explore, develop, produce and then evaluate and reflect on your ideas.
The primary teaching method is specialist workshop based demonstration and experimentation which is supported by individual and group based projects and briefs as well as group crits and seminar based discussion.
Work Placement and Field Trips
The course encourages students to attend research trips that are organised for the Foundation course. Previous research trips have taken students to Yorkshire Sculpture park, Tate Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery, Royal academy, National Gallery, Tate modern and Tate Britain. Research trips play an important role on the course and student projects.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
Essential materials such as sketch books are supplied initially as well as access to specialist and industry standard equipment. Students thereafter, are expected to cover the costs of their art materials and an indicative list of materials is supplied at the start of the course.
The college has its own art shop, and there is a larger art and design shop 5 minutes walk away from the college. Course trips that are organised by the college may have a fee attached to them, full details of which will be given to students at the start of their course.
Students will have access to industry standard equipment from the beginning of the course. All students will have available to them a supply of basic materials at the start of the course. Students are encouraged to purchase their own materials to support their studies. Students will also have access to industry standard software such as Photoshop, illustrator and ‘Solid works’. Access to laser cutting and 3D printing is also available to Art & design students on this course. We have large fully equipped traditional print room that is used to support students projects.
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