Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art & Design

Pre-degree

2018 entry

If you’re returning to education and looking for a part-time art and design course, then UCA’s Access to Higher Education Diploma – Art & Design is the perfect springboard to a degree course, a career change or progression in your existing career.

Specifically tailored to those entering education after a break, our Access to Higher Education Diploma gives you the chance to explore a range of art and design subjects, whilst balancing other work or family commitments.

Open to anyone over 19 years of age, you’ll study with us for two days a week, normally experimenting in five disciplines – Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, 3D Design, Lens-based Media and Visual Communications.

Throughout your studies you’ll have your own dedicated studio space, as well as access to the same facilities as an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

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Length of study:

One year part-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Also available at UCA Epsom, UCA Farnham, UCA Rochester

Course overview:

On this course you’ll develop or rediscover the skills and confidence needed for the art and design world. You’ll be supported by individual tutorials, educational visits, a range of lectures, and opportunities to partake in live briefs and competitions.

All staff members teaching this course are either active practitioners or involved in research in their specialist fields, offering you a great opportunity to build relationships and learn directly from experts.

Our Access to Higher Education Diploma is fully integrated with the other pre-degree and foundation courses on the campus – so you’ll be working within a wider creative community where you can share ideas, techniques and project concepts.

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Course content - 2018 entry

The first part of your year will be spent delving into different areas of art and design, identifying your strengths and interests.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Introductory Stage

    You’ll work on a project that covers a variety of disciplines across five pathways – Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, 3D Design, Lens-based Media and Visual Communication. The aim of this stage is to develop your practical and conceptual skills, as well as introduce you to the broader area of art and design – helping you to identify your areas of strength and interest.

As the year progresses, you'll have more freedom to specialise. This helps you to grow as an artist and determines which creative direction your academic path and future career may lie in.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Specialist Studies

    Engaging in a single project theme, you’ll specialise in one of the pathways explored in Stage 1, which will further nurture your skills and idea development. You’ll also acquire the verbal and written skills needed to present your ideas effectively and to engage in critical debate.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Final Project

    Your creative and personal development will be realised by undertaking a final major project of your own choosing, culminating in a final exhibition.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

We run a supportive Diploma 2 Degree scheme which helps streamline the process of progressing from a pre-degree to an undergraduate course with us at UCA. The scheme guarantees your place on a degree course at UCA, providing you get the support of your tutor and course leader, and successfully pass your course. More details about the scheme can be found on the Diploma 2 Degree pages.

   

How to apply - 2018 entry

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When should I apply?

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March 2018. We guarantee that we'll consider all applications received by this date. If places are still available after this date, we'll consider late applications.

Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required. Entry is by interview and evidence of ability and commitment, in the form of a body of work or non-traditional portfolio.

If you don’t have a GCSE in English and/or Maths you may be offered the opportunity to sit these GCSEs here.

Your portfolio

Our course is designed to support anyone returning to education after a break. You may not have a traditional portfolio, or any previous formal art and design education, but wish to progress to higher education. At interview, we'll look for evidence of an interest in art and design and drawing skills.

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