Course overviewFoundation Diploma in Art and Design City of Bristol College
Looking for an Art and Design Foundation Diploma course in Bristol?
This one-year, full-time (or two-year, part-time) course is for people aged 18+. It can help you progress onto a university-level course.
You’ll build a portfolio of art and design work including your final major project.
Dates and applications
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|Course Code||Dates||Duration||Days||Hours per week||Start Time||Location||Fee|
|LGF1191C01-1||11/09/2023 - 04/07/2024||35 weeks||Date/Day(s) Being Finalised||12.50||09:15||College Green Centre||
This course costs £5421. If you are aged 16-18 and looking to study full time; you will not pay any tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
Who is this course for?
This course is for adults aged 18 and over who have completed a Level 3 qualification but is looking to undertake a new challenge to develop or strengthen a portfolio of work for Higher Education.
What you'll learn
During this course you will develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills as you study a number of units across the year, or two years.
You will complete units in researching, recording and responding in Art and Design, media experimentation, interpretation and personal experimental studies before completing a Final Major Project.
Course entry requirements
A portfolio of work is required for entry onto the foundation course, which demonstrates evidence of having achieved a standard, which will enable applicants to benefit from the fast-paced curriculum.
Applicants show have at least one of the following qualifications:
- One A Level supported by three GCSE grades 9-5 (A*-C) or equivalent
- A Level 3 Vocational Qualification ideally in Art and Design.
Ideally we would like all learners to have GCSEs in English and Maths.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
This course is part of a wider study programme, which includes a tutorial and personal development element, work experience opportunities through outside set projects and design challenges, development of English and maths skills through embedded activities.
Your work will be assessed through written and practical means. You will present the work in sketchbooks, digital blogs and in different practical formats and you will be assessed on your research, development and experimentation and final outcomes.
You will have access to a full record of feedback and marks for you to monitor your progress, self assess and reflect on your own practice.
Future career and study opportunities
After completing this course, you can progress from the Art Foundation to Higher Education. As the course is the equivalent of three A Levels, it will generate the same UCAS points in total.
Students can apply for any Foundation Degree or BA Hons at any university, or may wish to internally progress onto one of our specialist foundation degrees which include: Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia and Photography.
Some students may choose to find employment or an set themselves up as freelancing or commissioned practitioners within the Art and Design industry.
You may need to buy materials or pay for educational trips.
If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.
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