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Foundation Degree in Art and Design

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  • Is this course for you?

    The course is an industry and employer focussed course that is designed to enable you to develop your creative practice to a professional level in preparation for working within the Creative industries. Initial studio-based workshops will allow you to explore the different subject specialisms and resources we have to offer as a starting point for your professional development. These could include, Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Photography and Design.

    The course will be delivered through studio-based projects, contextual and historical studies, and will provide you with opportunities to work with external agencies within the Creative sector. You will gain an understanding of working with real clients and external agencies from initial client briefings and project proposals to the realisation of artwork for exhibition or other specialist appropriate outcomes to develop your professional practice. Self-identification of a professional development plan is crucial, and this will form the basis of your time on the course.

  • Required qualifications

    For entry to the Foundation Degree applicants under the age of 21 should have:

    • 100 UCAS points from at least one full ‘A’ Level or
    • BTEC National Diploma grade PPP, BTEC National Certificate grade MP
    • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma at MP
    • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award – 60 credits)
    • UAL Diploma Grade Pass, UAL Extended Diploma Grade, Pass

    All students will be interviewed to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course.

  • What skills will I develop?
    • Practical specialist studio-based skills development.
    • Historical and contextual understanding within your specialist area.
    • Skills relating to professional practice and working with external agencies such as funding applications and writing formal project applications and proposals.
    • Wider skills associated with being effective within the Creative industries, such as communication skills, time management skills and collaborative working skills.
  • Careers

    The Creative economy is worth over £1115.9 Billion to the UK economy with arts and Culture contributing around 0.5% of UK economic output. There were an estimated 226,000 jobs in the arts and culture sector pre-pandemic which included careers in: Advertising, architect,  artist, arts journalist, art director, CAD/CAM designer, cartoonist copywriter, content writer, costume designer, creative director, curator, digital artist, engraver, entrepreneur, event manager, exhibition designer, researcher, fashion designer, film maker, footwear designer,  furniture designer, gallery staff, game designer, graphic designer, interior designer, illustrator, lighting designer, makeup artist, marketeer, merchandiser, multimedia designer, product designer, programmer,  photographer, set designer, teacher, therapist, UX designer, videographer and web designer.

  • English and maths

    English and maths is an important aspect of any future employment, self-employment and in working freelance. The course will encourage students to continue to maintain and further develop their literacy and numeracy skills in addition to HE study skills as part of the course.

  • Other important information

    The Foundation Degree course is two year full time based at our Lichfield Campus. Students will have their own studio workspace, which they can also book into outside of their timetable hours to further develop their work, and build their portfolios.

    Study visits:   

    The art department recognises the importance and value of viewing art and design in the context of a ‘live’ exhibition, museums and gallery visits and we encourage all of our students to independently take regular advantage of galleries and museums, for research,  inspiration and the purposes of ‘keeping up’ with current trends taking place within the creative industries.  The art team invites you to join in with organised visits to local and national venues including Birmingham museum and art gallery, The Ikon, Walsall New Gallery. The National portrait gallery, the National gallery, Victoria and Albert museum, Tate galleries and each year we visit a major European city such as Paris for a weeklong study visit.

    Equipment and materials kit list:  

    It is important that all students invest and equip themselves with a basic art and design kit.  A comprehensive kit list will be issued to all students during the course induction.

  • Is this course for you?

    The course is an industry and employer focussed course that is designed to enable you to develop your creative practice to a professional level in preparation for working within the Creative industries. Initial studio-based workshops will allow you to explore the different subject specialisms and resources we have to offer as a starting point for your professional development. These could include, Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Photography and Design.

    The course will be delivered through studio-based projects, contextual and historical studies, and will provide you with opportunities to work with external agencies within the Creative sector. You will gain an understanding of working with real clients and external agencies from initial client briefings and project proposals to the realisation of artwork for exhibition or other specialist appropriate outcomes to develop your professional practice. Self-identification of a professional development plan is crucial, and this will form the basis of your time on the course.

  • Required qualifications

    For entry to the Foundation Degree applicants under the age of 21 should have:

    • 100 UCAS points from at least one full ‘A’ Level or
    • BTEC National Diploma grade PPP, BTEC National Certificate grade MP
    • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma at MP
    • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award – 60 credits)
    • UAL Diploma Grade Pass, UAL Extended Diploma Grade, Pass

    All students will be interviewed to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course.

  • What skills will I develop?

    • Practical specialist studio-based skills development.
    • Historical and contextual understanding within your specialist area.
    • Skills relating to professional practice and working with external agencies such as funding applications and writing formal project applications and proposals.
    • Wider skills associated with being effective within the Creative industries, such as communication skills, time management skills and collaborative working skills.
  • Careers

    The Creative economy is worth over £1115.9 Billion to the UK economy with arts and Culture contributing around 0.5% of UK economic output. There were an estimated 226,000 jobs in the arts and culture sector pre-pandemic which included careers in: Advertising, architect,  artist, arts journalist, art director, CAD/CAM designer, cartoonist copywriter, content writer, costume designer, creative director, curator, digital artist, engraver, entrepreneur, event manager, exhibition designer, researcher, fashion designer, film maker, footwear designer,  furniture designer, gallery staff, game designer, graphic designer, interior designer, illustrator, lighting designer, makeup artist, marketeer, merchandiser, multimedia designer, product designer, programmer,  photographer, set designer, teacher, therapist, UX designer, videographer and web designer.

  • English and maths

    English and maths is an important aspect of any future employment, self-employment and in working freelance. The course will encourage students to continue to maintain and further develop their literacy and numeracy skills in addition to HE study skills as part of the course.

  • Other important information

    The Foundation Degree course is two year full time based at our Lichfield Campus. Students will have their own studio workspace, which they can also book into outside of their timetable hours to further develop their work, and build their portfolios.

    Study visits:   

    The art department recognises the importance and value of viewing art and design in the context of a ‘live’ exhibition, museums and gallery visits and we encourage all of our students to independently take regular advantage of galleries and museums, for research,  inspiration and the purposes of ‘keeping up’ with current trends taking place within the creative industries.  The art team invites you to join in with organised visits to local and national venues including Birmingham museum and art gallery, The Ikon, Walsall New Gallery. The National portrait gallery, the National gallery, Victoria and Albert museum, Tate galleries and each year we visit a major European city such as Paris for a weeklong study visit.

    Equipment and materials kit list:  

    It is important that all students invest and equip themselves with a basic art and design kit.  A comprehensive kit list will be issued to all students during the course induction.