This pre-degree course prepares you to apply with confidence for a place on any Art and Design BA (Hons) degree course. This is an intensive, creative course that promotes and stimulates inventive and experimental analysis of the arts.
Your experience will be rich, diverse and challenging. Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Students will regularly work with outside businesses on live projects and exhibit in external venues.
The course is designed to bridge the gap between A-levels and higher level specialist degree courses at prime universities. The course tutors are experienced professional artists and designers who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and creative ideas with them.
Our goal is to provide the creative ground work on which you can base the rest of your professional life.
For the first few months students will work in the exploratory stage, where they will explore media experimentation across a range of art and design disciplines. Students then move into the specialist pathway stage where they can chose from a range of subjects listed below:
Fine Art - including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation.
Graphic media - including graphic design, illustration, animation, digital imaging, digital video, 3D computer modelling.
3D Design - including product design, furniture design, architecture, interior, landscape design.
Fashion and Textiles - including fashion, fashion promotion, constructed textiles, fine art textiles, surface pattern.
The curriculum also includes; the history of art and design, visiting practising lecturers, real life industry projects, life drawing and professional practice.
During the last 3 months students will work at Level 4 producing their own self-directed Final Major Project, which comes together in a final exhibition.
Assessment is through a continuous assessment of portfolio and project work evaluations leading to a final major project.
Pre-Degree programme suitable for 18+ applicants intending to apply to higher education). Entrants typically have either a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design, or A Levels including Art and/ or Design. You will also be required to have an interview to look at your art and design work.
If you are a mature applicant (21+), we would be happy to interview you based on a representative portfolio of your art work.
After Your Course
The natural progression is to HE and then into the following careers, but some of the below can be accessed straight from the Foundation course.
There are a huge range of local and international careers in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Marketing, Illustration, Fashion Design, Textiles, Printmaking, Animation, Interior Design, Film and Theatre Design, Fashion Promotion, Landscape Design and Product Design.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.