Art & Design UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma (2-Year Fee) Part Time Eve

Richmond School of Art - UAL Foundation Part Time over 2 years

The aim of our UAL (University of the Arts London) Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and experiment within a wide range of project-based art, design and media-based activities in order to prepare them for progression into Higher Education art, design and media courses. The course will enable you to build on your existing skills, and offer new practical, critical and theoretical experiences, with an emphasis on drawing in its broadest interpretation.

The course provides a structure to assist you in making informed choices for your future education and career.

Course content:

Stage One: Year 1

Short project assignments and workshops will introduce you to a broad range of Art and Design mediums and technique, to help you develop a range of art and design skills and processes and pinpoint your area of interest . At the end of each project your work will be assessed by your tutors. The broad pathways of study are: Fine Art, Printmaking, Ceramics, Fashion & Textiles, Phtography, Digital Media/Moving Image.

Stage Two: Year 2

Having selected a specialist pathway you will begin to develop your skills and understanding of your chosen specialism in greater depth. You will build a portfolio that will enable you to both fulfil their pathway units and apply for further study or work. An increasing level of independence study is expected at this stage of the course.

Stage Three: Year 2

Part Three allows the opportunity to consolidate the experiences of the previous two terms. Students will undertake a self-initiated Final Major Project (FMP) which culminates in an exhibition at the end of the course. At this stage the work is externally assessed.

Course Content

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is structured in three parts:

Part 1: Learning Skills and Context: You will be introduced to a variety of subject areas including: Fine Art; Graphic Design/Illustration; 3-dimensional Design; Printing; Textiles and Fashion, and Crafts. You will also explore fundamental aspects of drawing.
Part 2: Development and Progression: During second part of the course you will work within your chosen specialist area responding to briefs and developing your independence and your individual creativity. You will also continue to develop your drawing skill.
Part 3: Proposal and Realisation: During this final part of the course you will work on a major project within your specialist area where you will integrate your research and ideas into practice. You will be expected to take full responsibility for the direction of your work, through a process of independent learning and exhibit your final major project in an end of year exhibition and assessment.

History and Contextual Studies
Throughout parts 1 and 2 you will develop a critical understanding through lectures and gallery visits; your programme will cover historical and contemporary issues and concerns.

Entry Requirements

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is intended primarily for those students wishing to progress to higher education in art and design or associated studies. However, students who wish to use the qualification as preparation for employment will not be discouraged.

You will need to show a portfolio of work that demonstrates evidence of having achieved a standard that will allow you to participate effectively in and benefit from the Foundation course. Your portfolio needs to articulate:
• Your visualisation skills (eg drawing, photography, 3D work)
• Your ideas development skills
• Your particular interest in art & design - this could include other artist/designers that inspire you or exhibitions or events you have attended.
Your portfolio should include sketchbooks to demonstrate some of the above. It is also advised that unless you are a mature student you have one Advanced GCE supported by three GCSE grades A* to C or equivalent, a combination of an Advanced GCE in Applied Art and Design or AS GCE in Art and Design or Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design or a Foundation Diploma Level 3.

You will be interviewed with your portfolio prior to enrolment, and a pre-interview task will be set on application which you should bring with you, completed, to interview.

A minimum of Level 2 Literacy and Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) Numeracy is recommended. Competency in ICT is essential.

This course is designed for 19-plus learners although 18-year-olds may be able to enrol by exception.

First Class Requirements

2 passport sized photographs, A6 sketchbook, pen and pencil

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is essential to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through formal review by course tutors according to UAL standards. Your work will be continuously assessed via portfolio/sketch books and project work. You will be given written feedback throughout the course. Informal assessments also take place through critiques and tutor guidance. You are required to pass all the previous stages before being submitted for the final unit. To achieve the whole qualification, you must achieve a pass for all 120 credits that you will submit, via a unitised system. Units 1-4 and 5 & 6 are achieved at pass only. Unit 7 is graded Pass/Merit/Distinction. The grade for Unit 7 constitutes the final qualification grade. It is possible for you to achieve Level 4 in Units 5-7.

Further Study Options

Higher Education. With further training or study, students go into careers including: Advertising, Marketing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Photography, Crafts, Illustration, Architecture, or Animation, Fine Art, Film, Theatre. RACC also offer a range of HNC level 4 qualifications in Art & Design.

Additional Information

If you require further course information please email alternatively pop into one of our Open Days and speak to a tutor.

A small materials fee is included in your course fee to cover basics such as cartridge paper and charcoal, but you will need to purchase any additional specialist materials required for your individual projects. Some materials are available through the college's resale system.