Art and Design

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma
Level: Level 4
Awarding body Pearson/Edexcel
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date Monday 24th September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is an exciting and cost effective opportunity for those wishing to develop their creative identity, confidence and skills in order to prepare themselves for higher education and/or employment. The course provides an insight into studying art and design in higher education, allowing students to explore new ways of seeing the world and their own work. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking and creative interpretation, supported by an exploration of creative activities and new techniques.

The Foundation Diploma provides a strong transitional experience between Level 3 study and degree entry. However, the course is designed to provide learners with a standalone higher qualification, better equipping learners for employment by developing higher levels of personal, intellectual and practical skills.

Entry requirements

You will need a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design, or A Level equivalents.

Mature students (age 19+) with limited formal qualifications are also welcome to apply and will be considered based on prior experiences and portfolio.

Studying and learning

The Foundation Diploma is made up of 3 stages;

Stage 1 – Exploratory

Unit 1 Researching, Recording and Responding in Art and Design

Unit 2 Media Experimentation in Art and Design

Stage 2 – Pathway

Unit 3 Preparation and progression in Art and Design

Unit 7 Information and Interpretation in Art and Design

Unit 8 Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design

Unit 9 Extended Media Development in Art and Design

Stage 3 – Confirmatory

Unit 10 Final Major Project

How will I be assessed

Each unit is delivered around a series of seminars, lectures and projects. Students will be assessed on their ability to research, respond to briefs and develop projects to meet set criteria.

Things you may need

Essential kit will be discussed with applicants at the enrolment stage.

What next

The course allows for progression in a range of degrees in a vast range of art and design subjects. The course also equips students with the necessary skills to progress in to entry level jobs within the industry.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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