Who is this course for?
This is an exciting, challenging and rewarding course that offers you the opportunity to explore your creative potential and develop your skills.
Launched in September 2011 the innovative two year programme within the School of Art and Design enables students to complete their Diploma with the additional Foundation Diploma in two years rather than three.
Working with specialist staff and facilities, you will complete a Level 3 Diploma in year one in your chosen specialist area. On successful completion, you will then automatically progress onto the second year which is the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design validated by the University of the Arts London - see page 28
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In year one students follow a generic first term in being introduced to the principles of art, whilst expressing self creativity and building and developing core skills needed within art and design. You will then develop your specialism through different workshops and studio activities in your second and third terms culminating in your
Final Major Project.
You can specialise in the following areas with this course:
• Graphic Design
• Interactive Media
• 3D - Product Design
• Fine Art
• Fashion and Clothing
• Photographic and Creative Media Imaging
In year two you will follow an exciting and challenging Foundation Diploma programme that allows the individual to develop their creative potential in their arts practice. Lecturers work closely with you throughout the year in developing your more independent study and developing your portfolio ready for higher education progression.
The new model allows a faster access to either university level study or a vocational profession with a more flexible and responsive approach should your circumstances change throughout your time with us.
During your first year you will be introduced to a range of the principles of design, and ways of looking, thinking and expressing ideas visually. We will teach you skills of drawing, how to use colour with effect and how to work in 3D and use of computers in application to creative idea development. You will learn how to research and develop your ideas creatively, how to visualise them, talk about them and write about them! This will be further supported by a visual lecture and study skills programme.
You will work using a variety of media and materials and use specialist technical equipment in our resource centres to get the very best out of your ideas.
The team are experts in their field and with your personal tutor, will purposefully support and guide you through your first year. This, your first year experience, will help you feel confident of your chosen specialist study for year two but will also enable you to change to another art and design study if appropriate.
As a fine artist you will communicate with the world by exploring, interpreting, explaining, expressing and finding employment in a wide and diverse field using an extensive range of media and technologies such as photography, video, sound, light and computers. This programme will enable you to develop your creative 'spirit' to its full potential.
Your practical studio-based experience is enriched through a stimulating programme of visits. Previous years have included visits to New York, Venice, London, Oxford and St Ives, as well as the opportunity to talk with artists and designers.
Teaching and Assessment
Practical and written assignments, continuous assessment and external moderation. Your progress is monitored by tutorials and seminars.
Career & Progression Opportunities
If you are thinking of progressing onto a degree, this course will help you decide which degree will be most suitable for your skills and interest. The study of painting or sculpture, the use of multi-media, graphic design, fashion or textile design, interior design, theatre design, photography or new media design are some routes you could follow.
Many of our students progress internally onto a Foundation Degree or Honours Degree here at Somerset College.
Five GCSEs at grades A* to C (Mathematics and English GCSEs are desirable) or a First Diploma in Design or equivalent. You will be invited to an interview and required to bring your portfolio of work with you.
For further guidance and advice contact the Careers team on 01823 366 331, or email firstname.lastname@example.org