This programme is designed to prepare you for a Level 3 course in Arts, Design, Technology or a related area. It is aimed at those who have GCSE English and Maths but don’t have an Art or Design qualification.
It will also enable you to achieve GCSE English and Maths to grade C/4 if you do not already have those grades.
Whatever your entry qualifications, you will continue to develop your English and maths skills on the course.
The Diploma offers an active live brief/work-placement programme in arts, design and related areas. It will also develop your independent learning and transferable skills.
You will need four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above, or you may be someone who has grade C/4 and above in several subjects, including English and Maths, but have not yet achieved an Art or Design qualification.
All candidates must have a successful interview and show a portfolio to gain a place.
The course encourages your own direction and the final outcome is in an area of your choice. This forms the basis of your Final Major Project.
A lot of activities are based around visual and physical problem solving. Each unit offers a set of particular problems to solve.
The course will challenge you in the development of the formal elements of visual language, such as line, tone, plane and colour, to name but a few.
You will learn about technical processes, new materials, methods and techniques, then use your creative freedom to produce exciting artwork in areas of your own personal interest.
You will develop into an effective independent learner, able to manage yourself, your learning, your research and your artwork. You will be expected to experiment, practise and make valuable mistakes to learn from.
Direct observed drawing from the real world (not pictures) provides a large part of the content and you will be expected to carry out life drawing - ie drawing from the human body.
You will carry out a range of two-dimensional activities/assignments including photographic recording and creative development, painting and graphics, alongside a range of three-dimensional activities/assignments in wood, metal and clay etc.
There are other specialist activities and materials, some of which may be very experimental. Upcycling and sustainable materials are forming an important part of the course.
You will be expected to carry out contextual research relevant to the area that you are studying.
Some of the technical elements of the course will ask you to apply/use maths skills, such as measurement, ratio and proportion, and develop your English comprehension and critical writing skills.
The Diploma is assessed at the end of each unit. There are eight units on the Diploma, with Unit 8 being graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.
The work for Unit 8 has to be professionally presented in an end-of-year show for you to achieve the grade.
The course requires a studio fee of £25.00. This also provides you with a sketchbook and a basic tool kit. You will be expected to buy materials/tools to replace or improve your kit. There will be money required for trips.
The course is designed to prepare you for a Level 3 course in Arts, Design, Technology or a related area.
Guitarist and drummer Richard Mylemans has found that studying on Derby College’s Creative Practice foundation degree has stretched his interpretation of what music is.
Richard, who is 20 and from Allestree, likes the way the full-time course brings together different strands of the creative arts, teaching him about more than music.
The foundation degree, at the College’s Joseph Wright Centre, is designed to promote collaboration among arts students and broaden their skills.
Richard said: “At the moment I’m completing a digital technology assignment. It’s about how how digital technology assists us in the recording studio and how it’s used in editing and producing sounds. Our course content is good. It looks at other fields, in this case computer technology, and how they work with the creative arts.”
In another example of how the various subject strands complement each other, Richard drew on both his artistic and musical talents to make a poster and produce an audio piece for an events planning assignment.
Richard is not sure yet what he wants to do after college but is pleased to be among the first cohort of students on the new foundation degree, which is validated by the Open University.
He started learning the guitar at school but also took up drumming after a friend gave him a one-off lesson on the drums. Richard initially came to Derby College to study level 2 music then moved on to level 2 creative media then level 3 music.
He added: “I’m not in a band but I have played guitar with my uncle and cousin at charity and charity gigs. I’ve also played a few gigs at college as part of my course assignments and tasks.
I’d say my music choices are down to what mood I’m in but if I had to choose a favourite, I’d say rock’n’roll.”
Our course content is good. It looks at other fields, in this case computer technology, and how they work with the creative arts.