Art & Design

UAL Foundation Diploma Level 3/Level 4

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Availability & Details

Art and Design, UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma AF-ARDE3F-D(0000)002

Venue
Alton Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, Non-UCAS

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board
UAL

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Overview

Our UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, is a practical, one year full time course. It allows lots of freedom to develop personal style and creative direction. The course is recommended by many top universities prior to studying a degree within the Creative Industries. It is an invaluable bridge between A Level and Vocational courses and Higher Education.

The Foundation Diploma enables you to explore a wide range of specialist areas such as fine art, illustration, graphic design, fashion and textiles, 3D design, fashion promotion, photography and animation. You will work toward building a portfolio and the topics studied channel you into specialising in one area of art and design. Investigations into historical and contemporary artists, along with designers, are integrated into practical project work. You will take part in group discussions and analysis of your own work and are encouraged to participate in a variety of trips and exhibitions, either in the UK or overseas.

You will find this course exciting, fast-paced, challenging and rewarding. It is a chance to really explore your own personal interests, before making a commitment to employment and Higher Education at university. You will gain the necessary skills that are required for success at a higher level that have not previously been explored within A Level or Vocational studies. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career in art and design, this is the course for you.

– Applications are Oct/Dec, later applications will be considered
– Portfolios submitted the week following February half term
– You may also be invited to an interview
– A minimum of 5 x GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Mathematics, and one A Level, or equivalent Level 3 qualification, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

On the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at HSDC Alton you will study a range of challenging and creative projects that enables you to:

  • Work in specialist areas from the start of the course
  • Explore new specialism
  • Build a sophisticated and ambitious portfolio
  • Develop analytical and evaluative communication skills
  • Design for a better future. Engage in sustainable and ethical design practice.

Experienced tutors will support and guide you across different pathways to use a range of art and design materials and approaches effectively: painting, printmaking, sculpture, Adobe Photoshop, photography, graphics, drawing, garment making and illustration. These all utilise 2D, 3D and 4D skills in the physical and digital world.

The course concludes with a Level 4 Final Major Project in which you choose and investigate a creative topic that fits in with your skills and progression ambitions, with a private view and public exhibition.

You will take part in group discussions and analysis of your own work and that of others. Investigations into historical and contemporary artists and designers are integrated into practical project work. There will be opportunities to take part in day trips to visit exhibitions, as well as overseas locations. Previous destinations have been New York, Iceland, San Francisco, Beijing and St Petersburg.

100% Coursework.

– Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice (Level 3)
– Unit 2: Developing Specialist Practice (Level 3)
– Unit 4: Consolidating Practice (Level 4)

Units 1 and 2 are graded Pass only. The overall qualification grade is based on Unit 4 and is graded as Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

There are additional costs associated with this course, these will vary depending upon which area of specialisation is undertaken. All art supplies are available to buy from the College. You are also asked to contribute £15 towards the cost of materials for the Final Major Project - Summer Show Exhibition.

This course works well for: advancing to competitive art and design courses in Higher Education and seeking creative employment or Apprenticeships.


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Megan Hall, A Level student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

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