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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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Richard Mylemans

Richard Mylemans

Creative Practice foundation degree broadens music student’s skills

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.


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