Diploma in Art & Design

Pre-degree

2018 entry

Our Diploma in Art & Design at UCA Epsom gives you the opportunity to study within a university environment from the age of 16 or 17. As an equivalent to one-and-a-half A-Levels and designed to be taken after GCSEs or a Level 2 Diploma, our course offers you a comprehensive and creative introduction to a range of art and design disciplines.

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Length of study:

One year full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Epsom

Course overview:

On the Diploma in Art & Design you’ll experience a broad range of art and design activities throughout the course, enabling you to develop your skills and identify a direction for further study and career progression. You’ll be able to explore a range of materials, processes and techniques such as drawing, painting, 3D design and workshop practice, graphic design, and historical and contemporary studies in the first part of the course.

Then you’ll go on to study a selection of compulsory and specialist units, including visual communication, fashion design, photography, visual studies, computer applications and public art.

At the end of the year, you’ll have your own unique and varied portfolio to take you to the next step, whether it’s a step up to the Foundation Diploma or progressing onto year 2 of an Extended Diploma with us. You’ll have access to the excellent facilities of a specialist creative university and the support of lecturers who are professional designers, artists and researchers.

While studying for the diploma you’ll be on campus for at least three days a week, working in a dedicated studio space. If you’re studying English and/or mathematics as part of your programme you’ll be attending for longer. The library and some workshops are available each day.

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

  • Stage One

    You’ll undertake a combination of compulsory and specialist units, exploring a range of materials, processes and techniques such as drawing, painting, 3D design, graphic design, and historical and contemporary studies.

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

  • Stage Two

    You’ll study a selection of compulsory and specialist units, including visual communication, fashion design, photography, visual studies, computer applications and public art. You’ll also create a comprehensive portfolio of the work you’ve produced for the projects in Parts 1 and 2.

At the end of the course, you’ll work on your own project, sourcing inspiration and techniques from the ideas developed and workshops undertaken in Stages One and Two.

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

Course stages

  • Final Major Project

    At the end of the course, you’ll work on your own project, sourcing inspiration and techniques from the ideas developed and workshops undertaken in Stages One and Two.

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

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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

Normally four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2) OR Higher Diploma (Level 2) in a related subject area.

Your portfolio

Your portfolio should contain up to 25 pieces, comprised of portfolio sheets and sketchbooks. You should include creative work in a variety of media that shows your interest in art and design - this could include paintings, drawings, photography or design work. Please submit any large-scale or 3D work as photograph and do not bring large-scale work, 3D pieces or original canvases with you. You can include film or video work but make sure it's on a DVD/CD and is no more than three minutes in duration.

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