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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Adult Loan Amount: 5421.00****

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Course Summary

The Advanced / Higher Level 3/4 Art and Design Foundation Studies pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study Art and Design as a single creative subject, along with work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

The pathway is aimed typically at students aged 18 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in both English and Maths, Advanced Level 3 or A-levels in a creative subject and want to progress to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

The Art and Design Foundation Studies pathway provides a transition from general education to specialist art and design education and encourages exploration, experimentation and risk-taking, which will extend your critical independence and enable you to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards required to achieve progression to higher education.

You will expand your skills, knowledge and experience of art and design and develop your critical language skills. The pathway has specifically been designed to enable you to make better informed decisions about higher education.  It will also provide continued opportunity to develop basic skills including maths and English and enhance your understanding of the many fulfilling career opportunities in this field.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have one of the following:

  • Advanced GCE (A-level) or an AS GCE (AS-level) in Art and Design or the equivalent
  • Advanced Diploma in Art and Design or suitable Creative Pathway
  • A minimum score of 24 for those applicants with the International Baccalaureate Diploma or Certificate awards

You must also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings), two of which must be in English Language and Maths.

Mature applicants will need to provide evidence of their ability within an art and design field.  A portfolio is required for entry to the foundation course and applicants will be interviewed.

Course Content

The programme follows three key stages:

Part 1: Learning Skills and Context including Research Methods, Ideas Development, Materials and Methods, and Evaluation and Reflection.

Part 2: Development and Progression including Research, Ideas and Methods and Preparation for Progression in Art and Design.

Part 3: Proposal and Realisation including Art and Design Project Proposal and Realisation, which culminates in an end-of-year exhibition.

Candidates without GCSE Maths at C grade or above will retake this qualification.  There is also the option to access further GCSE English to improve grades and to enhance life skills and future career progression opportunities.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of practical and written work occurs regularly throughout the course.  You must pass all seven units to complete the final exhibition, which is externally verified.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Tuition and exam fee registration charges apply to students aged 19+ not in receipt of Job Seeker's Allowance or other qualifying benefits.  There is a £25 studio fee for materials.  You will also be required to bring a basic art and design toolkit, based on a list provided at enrolment.

What can I do after this course?

Further study in higher education could include working towards a BA (Hons) Degree, Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FdA), or similar level training. 

There are also many diverse career paths that could open up for you such as graphic communication, advertising, animation, photography, fashion design, textiles, 3D or furniture design, theatre set design, jewellery design and architecture.  You could also work as an independent artist in a variety of media.

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John Hancock

John Hancock

Foundation degree in Creative Practice offers nice content mix

Derby College’s new foundation degree course in Creative Practice provides the ideal content mix, says student John Hancock, who loves making art and music.
 
John, aged 20 from Etwall, is pleased to be among the first students on this unique full-time programme, which is validated by the Open University.
 
The course is designed to help participants develop their technical and creative talents then to use these skills to collaborate with other students from different disciplines.
 
John added: “The foundation degree allows us to be free with our ideas but at the same time it provides structure and discipline. We have to produce reports and portfolios of our work.
 
On my course I write and record songs but I also make visual art too – painting on canvas – that sort of thing.
 
If you’re going to  record music then there’ll be some visual aspect to that too and this course gives you the opportunity to engage in the whole creative process.”
 
John, who previously took Art and Design level 2 and Music levels 2 and 3 at Joseph Wright Centre, said it was also “a huge advantage” to be taught by College staff who already know him and the way that he works.
 
John added: “Our lecturers are fantastic. They’re always on hand to offer support.”
 
He now plans to go on to take the one-year level 6 top up with Derby College to gain a full BA Hons degree.
 
John is not sure yet which area of the arts to focus on when he graduates but said his degree will give him options.

The foundation degree allows us to be free with our ideas but at the same time it provides structure and discipline. We have to produce reports and portfolios of our work.


On my course I write and record songs but I also make visual art too – painting on canvas – that sort of thing.


If you’re going to  record music then there’ll be some visual aspect to that too and this course gives you the opportunity to engage in the whole creative process.

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