Art & Design - Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma

Course Overview

This post A level, UAL specialist one year Art Foundation course bridges the gap between Level 3 and Level 4 study and is completed in three stages. Stage 1 introduces you to a range of art/design skills including, fine art, textiles, fashion, visual communication and 3D. Stage 2 develops your chosen specialism in more depth, and at stage 3 you will propose a final major project and produce work for an open public exhibition. All aspects of this prestigious course will give you the confidence to further develop your specialisms at HE level.

Course Requirements

You will have completed and passed a minimum of one A2 Level (preferably in a creative subject) plus five GCSEs grades A-C, which must include a creative subject, English and maths. Alternatively you must have a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or an associated creative subject at Merit grade, plus 5 GCSEs grades A-C, which must include a creative subject, English and maths.

At interview you will be required to present a portfolio of recent artwork which demonstrates your ability to think creatively and develop your ideas.

Course Skills & Benefits

The University of the Arts London (UAL) Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a one year pre-university course aimed at providing a fresh, flexible and challenging approach to this pivotal art and design qualification. The units are designed with open assessment criteria to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk taking.

Mandatory Units

The course has three stages:

Stage1 -
A 4 week diagnostic timetable to introduce the 4 main areas of Art & Design disciplines taught on this course, which are Combined Media, Fashion, 3D and Visual Communication.

During this stage you will experience new skills with innovative and experimental approaches to Art & Design. Assessment & Tutorials will enable you to choose a specialist area of study in Stage 2 of the course.

Stage 2 -
At this stage work is generated via staff and learner based projects. Research, experimentation and independent study are promoted.

Stage 3 -
At Stage 3 a project proposal (500 words) is devised independently which forms the basis of the Final Major Project.

Optional Units

You will be advised on completing the final units at Level 3 or Level 4 by your tutors.

Course Progression

Students who complete this course will be guaranteed an interview to study at University of Arts London or alternatively You can progress on to the Fda Illustration or Fda Graphic Arts & design or BA (Hons) Degree courses here at Stockport College or to a range of creative degree courses at other institutions across the country.

Course Assessment

There are 7 units that make up the qualification; units 1 – 6 are graded at pass only with the final unit, unit 7, graded at pass, merit or distinction. You will be assessed at several stages throughout the course and you will take part in self-assessment exercises.

Course Finance

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are a resident in the UK and the European Economic Area or have been for the last 3 years. You must be under 19 years old on 31st August in the calendar year you start your course.

19+ learners, please contact the Customer Services team on 0161 886 7070 for course and fee information.

Course Additional Information

Full-time