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This is a one year, full-time, course of study leading to the award of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, level 4, awarded by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body (UALAB)

The course is primarily intended as a diagnostic and preparatory year to support applications to higher education in art and design or associated studies. It is immersive and introduces a wide range of art and design practices through project work and practical studio based learning as well as self-directed study, alongside a programme of lectures and visits.

This means that it can also be used as an opportunity for re-orientation (for mature applicants) or as preparation for employment in art and design.

For the Course Handbook please go to ‘How to Apply’ page, under ‘Where can I find the course handbook?’

 

PART 1 – LEARNING SKILLS AND CONTEXT

The year begins with a general introduction to art and design, starting with a variety of approaches to drawing and research and continuing with workshop inductions, introductions to painting, photography, sculpture, design communication, 3D design, printmaking and art and design history and theory. This part of the course sets out to help you to recognise where your strengths lie and supply you with the experiences you need to make informed decisions about your future study options.

As the ‘diagnostic’ phase of the course develops there will be a series of talks/presentations given by artists and design professionals intended to inspire you and provide a picture of the study and employment options available.

At the end of Part 1 you will identify, with support from tutors, the subject area that you plan to focus on for the rest of the course.

PART 2- DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION

Once you confirm your specialist subject area you will be allocated a personal working space that will be the base from which you will work throughout the remainder of the course. You will continue to have access to the Art School’s range of technical workshops and facilities to support you to test out and ultimately produce a body of work.

A ‘Towards Professional Practice’ series of workshop sessions focuses on issues such as documenting your work, writing application statements and preparing for interview.

Tutorials and workshops will continue to support you to develop your work and tutors will advise you on your portfolio and any applications you plan to make. You will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and to evaluate your own and others work in seminars, studio discussion and critiques.

PART 3 – PROPOSAL AND REALISATION

By this stage of the course you will work more independently, instigating and organising your own work and projects. Part 3 commences with your first draft of your Project Proposal that outlines your plans for your Final Major Project. Part 3 of the course is an opportunity for you to test out your ambitions and produce a self-initiated project that will be exhibited in the Foundation end of year exhibition. Throughout the development of your Final Major Project you will benefit from tutorial advice as well as group critiques that will offer opportunities to discuss your work with your peers.

FOUNDATION SHOW

The Foundation Show at the end of the course is a high point of the Art School’s year and is a time to celebrate your achievements during the course. Students and staff collaborate on the preparation, curation and hanging of the show and this experience is an important part of the course. The Foundation Show is advertised and open to the general public with a lively private view and prize-giving for your friends and family.

TUTORIAL SUPPORT

Studio tutorials enable you to review your progress and offer you advice on all matters relating to your plans for the future including: choice of subject and further courses, applications and interviews, preparation of portfolios and writing of personal statements.

In addition to more formal recorded tutorial sessions informal tutorials take place on a regular basis and you will be encouraged to make use of the full range of tutors available in your specialist area.

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