The Diploma builds on your prior experience and sets challenges throughout the structure of the qualification.
This course is made up of three stages; Exploratory stage is the first nine weeks, providing you with the opportunity to explore a number of art based disciplines and experiences such as fine art, surface pattern and textiles, illustration, fashion, print-making, photography, applied arts product, sculpture, product and spatial design. You will develop your sketchbook skills with a blog journal of your work in progress to support your electronic portfolio.
The Foundation Diploma supports an informed and mature choice for Higher education and employment.
It is often required by competitive course at Higher education nationally and internationally.
Previous students have gone on to study at the London School of Fashion, Goldsmiths, Brighton, Manchester Met and Nottingham Trent Universities.
Staff and facilities:
You will learn from experienced and specialised art and design tutors who will be able to offer advice and support in terms of your studies and future goals. Classes are delivered in well-resourced art studios and IT rooms as well as specialist workshops for fashion, photography, metalwork, printmaking, ceramics, 3D design, textiles print and surface.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is imaginative, creative and wants to have a future career in the creative arts.
5 GCSEs at A* - C (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language with A-Level or BTEC National /Extended Diploma equivalent in art and design. Students must be aged 18 or over on 1 September of the year of entry. All applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of work
Assessment is continual and takes place at the end of each stage. Units for the Exploratory and Pathway stage are graded at a pass. The Confirmatory stage is graded at a pass, merit or distinction grade.
Students are required to provide their own basic equipment as well as pay a studio fee of approximately £50 towards the cost of materials kit provided by the college. You are also expected to contribute towards the cost of trips and visits. You may be entitled to help with these costs and anything else you need to buy for your course from the college’s Learner Support Fund.