Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Course Details

Course Title: BTEC Level 3 / 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Time:
Type: Duration: 36 weeks.
Start Date: 5th Sept End Date:
Day 3 days per week Cost: £5,420 (Advanced Learner Loan available)
Mode Full time    

If you are serious about Art and Design and would like to progress on to university, this one year course is designed to prepare you for entry on to degree level art and design programmes. The fast paced curriculum is taught within a hard-working but supportive atmosphere, helping you develop the skills you need to make the most of your time at College and allow progression to the next level of your education.

Students on this course will be given the opportunity to discover their own artistic strengths through a range of different projects, methods and materials, with a strong emphasis on research and personal development.

You must be aged 18+ and have a C or above in at least one Art A Level or Merit in a BTEC Diploma in an Art discipline as well as Level 2 qualifications
in English and Maths, plus a satisfactory Art portfolio.

This course is open to mature students, subject to interview. Consideration will be given to applicants with no previous qualifications, but who have well developed art skills.

Students on this course will be given the opportunity to discover their own artistic strengths through a range of different projects, methods and materials, with a strong emphasis on research and personal development.

Areas of study may include fine art, photography, textiles and fashion, 3D sculpture, printmaking and graphics. If you want to explore your options first, there’s a diagnostic pathway option where you can sample different curriculum areas before choosing a specialism.

There will be exhibition opportunities and professional briefs, helping you develop yourself as a practising artist or designer. There will also be opportunities for trips.

We encourage an exploratory approach to study, giving you a critically creative environment and a wide range of skills to start you off on your career within the world of visual arts.

Generally your assessments throughout the course will be in the form of assignments. The type and content of these assignments will vary depending on the particular unit that is being assessed. It is important that you realise that you are being assessed continually and will earn grades for all work that you do, and it is therefore important to strive for good grades, particularly if you hope to progress to university.

All assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For every assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades. On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The 3 grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Progression onto HE required a minimum MMM grade profile.

We have fabulous, spacious studio space and state-of-the-art facilities including a full PC suite and photography studio with dark room and industry standard editing software.

Students are asked to pay a consumable fee of £85, which will provide them with a great value kit of art materials, a sketch book, some mount card, a visit to a gallery and some contribution to the materials used on the course.

Additional costs include sketchbooks, printer credits, specialist materials for final pieces and non-compulsory trips and visits that could include, the Liverpool Tate and Walker Gallery, Manchester Art Galleries, The Stitch and Knit Show at Harrogate, The Media Museum and Impressions Gallery-Bradford, The Harry Potter Studios in London and a residential visit to London.

Former students are studying at a number of top universities including Goldsmith’s College, Central St. Martin’s School of Art, the Edinburgh College of Art, Kingston University and the Wimbledon College of Fashion.

Our students have gone on to gain fantastic careers such as Web Designer, Set Designer for Theatre and TV, Film Maker, Photographer, Furniture Designer, Product Designer, Illustrator, Art Therapist, Architect, Fashion Designer, Town Planner, Costume Designer, Special Effects Props and Make up, Computer Games Designer, Museum Curator, Industrial Ceramic Designer or Teacher.

  • LSIS Beacon
  • matrix

© 2017. Nelson and Colne College