This course is designed for adults aged 19 or over who are considering a future career in art and design.
It is delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced tutors who understand the needs of Access learners and therefore are able to provide appropriate support and guidance. You will learn through a wide range of activities including workshops, lectures, seminars, practical projects and presentations.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas ensure that you are well prepared for university study as well as future employment. We therefore deliver the additional subjects of study skills and academic writing. If you are returning to learning after a break from education, this course is for you.
This programme is delivered at our Joseph Wright Campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You are also encouraged to attend an open evening to discuss the course with the tutors.
Applicants need to have at least a grade C in GCSE English and it is advantageous to have at least a grade C in Maths, although you will be able to study GCSE Maths alongside the course if you do not already have it.
Applicants who have not achieved English and Maths GCSE recently will have to undertake an English and maths assessment.
Applicants also need to demonstrate a keen interest in art and design and should provide a relevant portfolio of practical work at interview - either printed or electronically. In addition, you should have some basic knowledge of contemporary and historic practice.
Modules will include*:
* Modules may be subject to change
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, group presentations, written essays (practical and theory). All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
Most resources are provided. However, if you require additional specialist equipment or materials, you will need to purchase these. More information can be provided at your interview.
This course provides the ideal platform for applying for university courses in Art and Design at the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University, and De Montfort University.
There is also the potential for progression to careers centred on art, design, photography and moving image making.
Please note - as with all qualifications - the award of the Diploma does not guarantee progression to a higher education course: this will depend upon learners meeting the conditions set by individual universities for specific degrees.
Derby College student Emma Parker has received special recognition for the hard work she's put into her Children and Young People's Services Foundation degree.
Emma, who is currently in Year 3 of the part-time course, is a recipient of the University of Derby's Dean's Award – an honour given to the top 10 per cent performing students across the University's Further Education collaborative courses.
Emma, who looks after children aged from three to 17 in residential care in Derby, fits in her studies around her demanding job. Emma, who always wanted to work with children, is delighted with her Dean's Award but couldn't quite believe it when she first heard she'd got it.
She said: "I didn't have clue that I was in the running for it, so when I got a call to say that the university wanted to see me I was quite worried. I thought at first that there must be something wrong with one of my essays!" Emma is now planning to top up her degree at the University of Derby next year.
Fortunately the way the part-time foundation degree course is structured works well with my hours, which include regular 24 hour shifts.
When I am on nights I don't start my shifts until 3pm which means I get time to do my college work in the morning. I like the fact that we have coursework, not exams, and I also like the way the different modules are taught.