You’ll spend the first year developing essential visual language skills, exploring a range of practical media, techniques and processes in an experimental manner.You'll study the five key specialisms of:
- Fine art
- Fashion and textiles
- 3D design
- Lens-based media (photography and film)
- Visual communication.
This will enable you to build a fundamental skill set for a future in art, including drawing, photography, construction and making, typography, animation, interactive design and moving imagery with sound.
By exploring each area in detail, you'll be able to make an informed choice for specialist study.
As you enter the second year, you’ll work alongside students from the Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies and Access to Higher Education Diploma – Art & Design courses, and continue one of the specialisms as a pathway to focus on for the rest of the course.Once you’ve picked a pathway from the five specialisms, you’ll develop specific skills in this area of study and prepare a portfolio to support an application to an undergraduate degree or, in some cases, direct employment.Towards the end of the course, you’ll undertake a final major project and prepare for your diploma exhibition.The second year of the Extended Diploma is fully integrated into the Foundation Diploma and the Access to Higher Education Diploma, so students share studios and lectures.
After completing this course, most of our students progress to a degree course at UCA.
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