Graduate Diploma: Art & Design

Pre-masters

2018 entry

Our Graduate Diploma: Art & Design is a pre-masters course which is academically focused and specifically designed to prepare you for postgraduate level study at UCA.

Validated by the University, this course will help you develop the academic skills and practical subject expertise needed to succeed at Masters level.

Art and design at postgraduate level in the UK is subject focused and requires prior knowledge and practice to allow you to explore, develop and challenge established practices within your specialist field of study.

Starting the course in January means you can progress directly onto an MA course with us in September.

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Length of study:

32 weeks

Starts:

January 2018

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Course overview:

Our Graduate Diploma: Art & Design course has been created to support international students who have not previously studied in the UK education system, helping them to successfully progress to postgraduate study.

This intensive course enables you to develop, strengthen or even change the subject focus of your first degree (or previous experience) through the development of your portfolio of work. You will also build up knowledge of essential academic research skills and methodologies.

English language support is also integrated into the course, which will improve your English language level in preparation for postgraduate study.

Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma: Art & Design, you will be guaranteed a place on an MA course at UCA.

Key facts

  • Tutor engagement

    Our student to staff ratio of a maximum of 15:1 ensures an exceptionally high level of tutor engagement. Art and design teaching methods include studio work, practical skills workshops, educational visits, one-to-one tutorials, lectures and seminars.

  • English language

    Integrated English language study is available in all terms, helping to develop the academic skills required for studying in the medium of English. The course covers the following areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing and language development (vocabulary and grammar) as well as the chance to practise the English and skills learnt through the practical and theoretical tasks, assignments and projects in both semesters.

  • Teaching methods

    Teaching methods include studio work, one-to-one tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical skills workshops. Assessment methods range from group presentations, essay workshops, tutorials and formative critiques. This course will develop your existing practical skills in your chosen subject to enable you to progress to MA level study. You'll also learn about British culture and public arts institutions, and study a range of current cultural and theoretical debates in the visual arts.

  • Fee waiver for progressing students

    All full cost (non-EU) students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma and progress to a UCA postgraduate degree level course are automatically eligible to a £1,000 fee waiver.

  • Academic and student support

    You'll receive opportunities to informally discuss points raised in lectures or seminars through personal tutorials. You'll also receive individual support and professional advice on personal and academic issues, including your next steps in your choice of studies or career. You're supported in applying to UCA for your postgraduate degree course, and can receive advice and guidance on visa applications and other pastoral matters.

Course content - 2018 entry

Our Graduate Diploma: Art & Design is made up of three terms. The course develops your English language, academic, research and study skills, knowledge of visual and cultural contexts and critical and analytical abilities in relation to your chosen area of interest.

An interdisciplinary teaching approach supports students with a range of different qualifications and previous experience.

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

Course stages

  • Creative Art and Design 1: Exploration

    You will learn about the practice and the process of exploration of creative problem solving in relation to both your specialist focus and the broader creative industries in a global context. This will involve peer discussions and debates with the purpose of problem solving, critical questioning and self-reflection. These learning processes will help to inform and lead you to a series of creative solutions that will enable you to explore the transformation of information into knowledge.

  • Research Methods and Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes

    This unit runs throughout the 30 week course across both semesters. The aim is to develop and embed effective and practical research methods - introducing students to advanced critical inquiry, academic and critical writing, and independent research. This is delivered concurrently with the theoretical and practical teaching of English language practical skills.

Our Graduate Diploma: Art & Design is made up of three terms. The course develops your English language, academic, research and study skills, knowledge of visual and cultural contexts and critical and analytical abilities in relation to your chosen area of interest.

An interdisciplinary teaching approach supports students with a range of different qualifications and previous experience.

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

Course stages

  • Design and Visual Culture with English for Academic Purposes

    In this unit you will examine traditional and current ideas in the development of design and visual culture within a contemporary context. The debates during the unit will help you explore the relationship between the types of narratives and the social and cultural identities that can in part be determined by the objects, texts and images that we produce and experience.

  • Research Methods and Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes

    This unit runs throughout the 30 week course across both semesters. The aim is to develop and embed effective and practical research methods - introducing students to advanced critical inquiry, academic and critical writing, and independent research. This is delivered concurrently with the theoretical and practical teaching of English language practical skills.

Our Graduate Diploma: Art & Design is made up of three terms. The course develops your English language, academic, research and study skills, knowledge of visual and cultural contexts and critical and analytical abilities in relation to your chosen area of interest.

An interdisciplinary teaching approach supports students with a range of different qualifications and previous experience.

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

Course stages

  • Creative Art and Design 2 : Confirmation

    This unit builds upon the previous units moving you from exploration into creative practice, creative problem solving and research to engagement with these skills within your selected subject area. The unit involves two projects, one that will ask you to assess and utilise your key skills and subject specialism within a group project and the other where you will design and produce a self-directed major project Your reflective review from Semester 1 will be a key starting point for you to take forward action points and interests that you want to continue developing in Semester 2.

  • Research Methods and Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes

    This unit runs throughout the 30 week course across both semesters. The aim is to develop and embed effective and practical research methods - introducing students to advanced critical inquiry, academic and critical writing, and independent research. This is delivered concurrently with the theoretical and practical teaching of English language practical skills.

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

Course stages

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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).

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Dates & fees - 2018 entry

The Graduate Diploma course is made up of three terms of ten taught weeks, plus two reading weeks.

 

Course

Start date

End date

Cost (Standard fee)

Cost (Discounted fee)

Graduate Diploma: Art & Design

January 2018

July 2018

£10,530

£10,110

If you choose to pay your fees in full before you enrol for your course, you will pay the discounted fee. If you choose to pay after you enrol, or pay in instalments, you will pay the standard fee.

How to apply - 2018 entry

Apply online

All applications for this course should be made direct to UCA, using the online application form:

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How to submit your portfolio

Once you have submitted your application, you can upload your portfolio using the portfolio upload tool on the applicant portal.

Alternatively, you can email your portfolio (ideally in pdf format) or upload your work to a file-sharing website (for example youtube, flickr, dropbox). please send your work or the link to internationaladmissions@ucreative.ac.uk.

Please write your name, your seven-digit student number and the course you have applied for in the subject header of the email.

Entry requirements - 2018 entry

Minimum entry requirements

  • A recognised honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

AND

  • Knowledge and/or experience of an art and design discipline or creative industry

English language requirements

For this course you need an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component or an equivalent UK Visas & Immigration recognised qualification.

Your portfolio

You will need a portfolio of work which demonstrates your prior learning, creativity and relevance for your subject area, this can be sent to us digitally. Either email your portfolio (ideally in PDF format) or upload your work to a file-sharing website (e.g. You Tube, Flickr, Drop Box).

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Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Graduate Diploma course or studying at UCA, please contact our Enquiries Team by completing our online form. 

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