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Art and Design

Art and Design

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UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design | UAL Level 4 Consolidating Practice Unit

If you are creative and enthusiastic and are thinking seriously about becoming a professional artist or designer; if you want to study alongside others who are as keen and talented as yourself, and can show us a strong portfolio of work, then you should make an application to this course.

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Is this course right for me?

This one year course builds on your’ prior experience, linking skills already acquired with ideas and challenges, which will expand their critical independence and enable you to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards necessary to progress to Higher Education or to a career of your choice.

This programme is characterised by experiential, experimental and integrated learning, relying upon the application and transfer of manual skills. Learners should value the accidental and disruptive results that can occur, and recognise common principles and distinctive characteristics of subject disciplines within the field of art and design.

  • Level 3 Art/Design at grade C or above (either A-level or vocational qualification)
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh
  • A portfolio/examples of work will be required for this course
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Level 3 Art/Design at grade C or above (either A-level or vocational qualification)
  • Successful decision from progression board meeting

Units to be studied to include:

  • Exploratory Stage – investigation of the fundamentals of visual language, through an intensive examination of drawing, colour and a range of basic 2D and 3D visual languages and processes
  • Pathway Stage – students can specialise in a range of disciplines for example, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion/Textiles, 3D
  • Confirmatory Stage – work on a major personal project based on your chosen area of specialisation leading to an individual exhibition at the end of the year

Skills you will learn:

  • Understanding and application of the creative process
  • Creative skills to a high level in your specialist area
  • Presentation techniques
  • Time management and self initiated study and motivation
You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Completion of a final major project

This course has an excellent reputation of preparing learners for study in Higher Education throughout the UK. Many students choose to progress on to degree courses and can progress into professional positions in all areas of Art and Design, including: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, 3D Design and Crafts, Fashion/Textiles and Teaching.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • You will need to bring your own device/laptop for this course, click here to find out more
  • Art materials - you will be told about any specific items during or before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You will need to pay a £70 art workshop fee each year before you start the course
  • You can rent a locker for £10 per year this will be refunded if the locker remains undamaged and keys are returned
  • There may be trips/expeditions required or optional as part of this course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 27/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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