Foundation Diploma Art and Design (Pathways to HE) - formerly Access to HE

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    UAL (University of the Arts London)
  • Cost
    £ 4185.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    From September 2020, our Access to HE Art and Design course transfers to the University of the Arts London (UAL) and becomes part of our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Pathways to HE). This allows students a highly dynamic and creative experience with the flexibility to shape their future in a wider array of creative disciplines, so we are looking forward to delivering this exciting new course. Whether you are an adult returning to education or have just completed A Levels or an Extended Diploma, this is the course to build your ceative portfolio and be ready for Higher Education.

    Our Diploma in Foundation Studies gives you the chance to experience a wide range of art and design disciplines, while helping you build a portfolio for your application to an undergraduate course. The qualification is the perfect preparation for higher study or a more responsible role in the industry, providing you with a nationally recognised qualification.

    By encouraging you to adopt an experimental approach to your learning, we help you to develop your individual skills and determine your future direction as an artist or designer. This is a gradual process, over three terms, during which you will have a chance to specialise in areas such as fine art, fashion, lens-based media, illustration, media make-up, graphic design, 3D, interior or architectural design and textile design.

    During your course, there may be opportunities for residential trips in the UK and abroad as well as a variety of day trips. Previous cohorts have taken opportunities to embark on study visits to London, New York, Berlin and Paris among others.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    Our specialist lecturers work closely with you throughout the year. The course is studio-based and involves continuous assessment and external moderation, and your progress is monitored by tutorials and group critiques.

    The curriculum is delivered through a blend of projects and workshops, designed to help you develop the skills that most interest you, in an environment that is professional and focused on achieving success. You will have your own workspace, and will be encouraged to work independently in College and at home, with input and support from our specialist staff. You will also be expected to take part in a work placement.

  • Progression Opportunities

    This course is designed to increase your chances of securing a place on your chosen degree course. The majority of our students progress to study a degree and many choose to stay on at UCS College in order to make continued use of our newly refurbished, first-rate facilities.

    This Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies carries UCAS points, meaning you can count it towards entry on a degree-level programme. Added to the high-quality portfolio of work you’ll have developed during your time with us, you will be perfectly placed to progress to a degree course, either at the College or further afield, or try to find employment. Either way, we’ll give you all the help you need to pursue your ambitions.

  • Entry Requirements

    • A pass in one A Level or a twelve unit AVCE, ideally in an arts subject
    • or an equivalent Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma
    • plus four GCSEs at C/4 or above

    The outcome of prior experiential learning can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required in certain circumstances.
    You will be asked to present a portfolio of work at interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study through 12 to 15 pieces of recent work and two sketchbooks.

    Awarding Body: University of Arts London

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