Why Should You Take This Course?
This exciting and intensive one-year, full time course prepares you for studying Art and Design at Higher Education. The course is diagnostic in its first stage, during which you will develop your research and visual recording skills into a broad range of both two and three dimensional options.
You will be introduced to a variety of Art disciplines, including Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Printmaking, 3D Design and Sculpture, Graphic Design and Illustration, Digital Media, and Contextual Studies. Your own work will be enhanced with visits to relevant galleries and exhibitions. You will be taught by a range of practising designers and artists who will support and help you to develop your portfolio in your chosen specialist pathway in preparation for HE application or employment.
Stage 1: Exploration
Through a structured diagnostic programme you will identify and extend your existing skills, strengths and interests. You will also develop both practical and critical thinking abilities, helping you to make an informed choice for your specialist study.
Stage 2: Development and Progression
You choose to specialise in one pathway from Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography and Illustration.
Stage 3 :Proposal and Realisation
You bring together your skills, knowledge and understanding in art and design to carry out a major project, resulting in an exhibition.
How will I be assessed?
There will be regular, focused and individualised tutorials and assessments throughout the year and you will take part in group critiques.
Are there any special expenses?
There is a materials fee of £25 per half term to cover the cost of basic Art and Design materials, you will be advised to buy your own sketchbooks and portfolios and specialist materials for your final major project.
What could I do next?
The Foundation course leads onto a range of art related degree courses.