Art, Design & Digital Media UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma

The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art in Fine Art and Digital Media is an exciting course designed to give you the creative skills and portfolio you need to progress to university or other higher education in 2018, or to prepare for work in the creative industries. This course is also ideal for anyone needing to increase their UCAS tariff points, offering 285 at Distinction, 225 at Merit and 165 at Pass levels.

This is a stimulating and challenging course designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk taking, which will extend your critical independence before you decide on your preferred medium for your Final Major Project (FMP) and end-of-year exhibition.

You will learn essential traditional art and design and craft skills alongside key creative digital program. As you progress through the course you will develop your capacity to analyse, reflect on and review your progress in a series of group crits and self evaluations. By the end of the course you will have both an online and a traditional portfolio of work ready to take to the next stage.

Course Content

This is a challenging and intensive course that will build upon and expand your prior creative skills and knowledge of art & design practice, both traditional and digital, and of the creative industries and their historical context. By the end of the course we aim to have developed your capacity to analyse, reflect on and review your progress within the context of art and design.

The course is highly experimental and exploratory giving you the opportunity to discover a range of different disciplines and practices before you specialise in one field. This course will develop your ability to challenge your preconceptions. It will increase your personal independence in developing ideas and extend your skills in using materials, techniques and processes.

UAL, the University of the Arts, London, has a worldwide reputation in art and design education. It is also an awarding body of art and design qualifications and offers a range of excellent arts-focused qualifications.

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is structured in 3 parts:

Part 1: Learning Skills and Context:

You will be introduced to a variety of subject areas including: Fine Art; 3-D Design including sculpture and installation; Printmaking; Textiles and Digital Media, including design for print and web using Adobe CC (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator etc), photography and the moving image, and animation.

Part 2: Development and Progression:

During the 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 skills.

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 part 1 and 2 you will develop a critical understanding through lectures and gallery visits, your programme will cover historical and contemporary issues and concerns. You will conduct a significant independent research project to gain an understanding of the location of your practice in the context of contemporary art & design.

Entry Requirements

The UAL Foundation Diploma in Fine Art and Digital Media 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 be interviewed with your portfolio prior to enrolment.

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 study this by exception.

First Class Requirements

A6 sketchbook, pen and pencil

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed 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 the 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.

Further Study Options

The qualification will prepare you for a wide range of undergraduate courses in art, design and related subjects depending on the chosen specialism, but could include BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Product Design, BA (Hons) Textile Design, BA (Hons) Advertising, BA (Hons) Animation, BA (Hons) Graphic Branding and Identity, BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media, BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design, BA (hons) Spatial Design and others.

RACC also offers a range of HNC level 4 qualifications in Art & Design.

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.

Additional Information

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