Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies

Pre-degree

2018 entry

Designed for post A-Level students, our Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies prepares you for the progression from diploma to degree. You’ll spend the year exploring a range of creative subjects, giving you the time and creative inspiration to decide which area of art and design you’d like to specialise in when you come to choose your undergraduate degree.

You’ll have access to our high-spec facilities and will be supported by teams of subject specialist lecturers – most lecturers are active within their own fields as professional designers, artists and researchers.

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Length of study:

One year full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Rochester

Also available at UCA Canterbury, UCA Epsom, UCA Farnham

Course overview:

Working in and amongst our undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of our uniquely creative community, you’ll be able to observe first-hand the range of degree options available to you.

The first part of your year will be spent investigating different areas of art and design, identifying your strengths and personal interests to help you grow as an artist or designer. As the year progresses, you’ll have more freedom to specialise and direct your route through the course, resulting in an exhibition of your work at the end of the year and a unique and varied portfolio, ready for your undergraduate degree.

As a foundation student, you’ll be on campus for at least three days a week with your own dedicated studio space. If you’re expected to be studying English and/or Maths as part of your programme, you’ll attend for longer.

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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

  • Learning Skills and Context

    Through a structured programme of drawing and visual studies, you’ll identify your skills, strengths and interests. You’ll also develop practical abilities in 2D and 3D, helping you to make an informed choice for specialist study.

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

  • Development and Progression

    You'll choose to specialise in one pathway from graphic design, illustration, photography, film, 3D design, fashion, textiles and fine art.

The course finishes with an end of year show on campus.

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

Course stages

  • Proposal and Realisation

    You’ll bring together all your newly developed skills, knowledge and understanding in art, craft, design and communications to plan and fulfil a major project, resulting in an exhibition.

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

Course stages

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

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

Minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 9-4 plus one A level or 80/32 UCAS points preferably including: art, design, media, or related creative subject at A level or Level 3 equivalent, English and mathematics at GCSE level.

OR Progression Diploma (Level 3) in a related subject area.

OR Advanced Diploma (Level 3) in a related subject area.

Your portfolio

Include creative work in a variety of media that shows your interest in art and design - this could include paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics or design work. You can include film or video work but make sure it's no more than three minutes in duration. Also you could bring sketchbooks, notebooks, worksheets and ideas sheets as well as finished work. We also like to see examples of written work, such as an essay, case study, evaluation or exhibition review.

Fees & finance

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