If you want to pursue a career in art and design but are not sure of your specialism, this is an excellent way to find out. Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a year-long course providing the vital stepping stone from A-Level / Extended Diploma to Higher Education. The course is in 3 stages: Stage One extends your skill base; we will introduce you to a variety of disciplines, processes and materials, allowing you to experiment in fields such as; painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, textiles, fashion, graphics, printmaking, 3D, life drawing and illustration. Stage Two is about you narrowing your interests and deciding upon a way forward, eventually finding the perfect undergraduate course for you – this may be in fine art, design, contemporary crafts, visual communication, fashion and textiles, digital media or architecture. Stage three is a self-initiated project that is graded. This will celebrate all of the knowledge, technical and creative skills you have developed during the course. You will showcase your work in an end-of-year show to fellow students, industry professionals, prospective employers and the general public. There are trips to major art galleries and exhibitions planned throughout the year, depending on what’s showing; often Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and London are on the list. We will support you in applying to university or writing a C.V. preparing you for interviews for higher education or employment, we will also show you how to present a strong and exciting portfolio of work and write UCAS statements. You will be based at our Newark campus which has light and airy studios, MAC suites, a print room and a dark room, pottery workshop and access to a library well stocked with art books and periodicals.
You will need 5 GCSE’s (minimum grade C), 2 A-Level’s including an Art of Design related subject (minimum Grade C), or a Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification in an Art related subject. You will be required to attend an interview, where you will be required to show your art and design ability in a portfolio of artwork. You are also required to provide a reference (from an employer or recent school/college report).
There is no exam. Coursework is all internally assessed through a combination of interim and formal assessments at the end of each stage. The final project is graded pass, merit or distinction. You can achieve a level 4 qualification at the end of this course