Art & Design | UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design | (Post A-Level)

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Course Code: FE0029-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Qualification: UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Post A-Level) Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

The Foundation Diploma is an exciting and fast-paced course which will enable you to build on your prior knowledge and skills, and to explore your creativity at a deeper level. We will develop your creative independence and encourage experimentation in a dynamic and safe creative environment.

Throughout the course you will experience a wide range of processes and contemporary approaches to creativity which will allow you to define your individual creative practice.

  • Specialist art studios and workshops
  • Opportunities to gain valuable work experience with external clients
  • Industry relevant and residential trips
  • Outstanding progression rates to university or employment

Start dates

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  • alumni Views Zuzanna Weiss UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    Joining the Brighton Foundation was one of the turning points in life for me.
  • alumni Views Alice Gale-Feeny UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    The Brighton MET Foundation course was a pivotal year for me. At the time, I remember thinking ‘this is the best year of my life so far!
  • alumni Views Adam Meyrick UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    The first stage of the year was beneficial because it broadened my understanding of other areas of art and design and it reaffirmed my decision to progress onto the 3D pathway.
  • alumni Views Milan Tarascas UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    My foundation has been the easily been the best year in education of my life.
  • alumni Views Sepideh Zolfaghari UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    On the Foundation Art & Design course, tutors really push your ideas and thoughts into a reality, helping to make you an open minded person and discover new skills you didn't realise you had.
  • alumni Views Gresham Blake UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    The Foundation Art and Design course really did turn my life around and I’m very thankful for my time here.
  • alumni Views Owen Davey UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    Foundation was the first time where ideas became the main focus of my work.
  • alumni Views Rae Durgerian UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    After my A levels I was 99% sure I didn't want to go to university, I thought doing a Foundation would give me another year to carry on doing art and exploring my possibilities. This foundation year changed my mind and made me realise how much I love the subject I have chosen
  • alumni Views Lois Capel UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies
    By choosing 3D I was able to study with a very varied group of individuals which in turn helped influence my creative thinking.

Entry requirements

To join this course you need at least one A-Level at grade C or higher (or equivalent Level 3 qualification) in a creative subject. Plus five GCSEs grades 9–4 (A–C) to include English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work.

Entry to the course includes a 1-1 in person interview. This will be with one of the Tutors, Curriculum Manager or Head of Creative Industries.

During the interview you will be able to discuss and present your portfolio of work and ask questions. This will be an opportunity for us to talk to you about your work and interests. 

Entry requirements

What we are looking for?

  • Evidence of good drawing skills and a sound understanding of the formal elements; line, tone, colour, texture, pattern composition
  • Ability to handle different media, techniques and processes
  • Inventiveness and experimentation
  • Ability to generate ideas and develop ideas from concept through to realisation
  • Evidence of work that has involved students in design decisions and problem solving e.g. fashion, jewellery, textiles, costume, stage sets, prints, 3D design
  • Sketchbooks and notebooks demonstrating a students ability to research, experiment and explore ideas through both visual and written approaches
  • An interest in historical and contemporary aspects of art, design and general cultural issues
  • Energy, self motivation, commitment and a genuine enthusiasm for the subject
  • Students that are accepted onto the foundation course are sent a project brief over the summer holiday period to undertake prior to the start of the course in September

Pre-entry preparation

You should familiarise yourself with a range of contemporary and historical aspects of art and design.

Below are some of the commonly read texts which should be available in your local library. These are useful starting points, you are not expected to have read them all:

The Story of Modern Art Norbert Lynton

Ways of Seeing John Berger

The Shock of the New Robert Hughes

Blimey and It Hurts Matthew Collings

Design Thomas Hauffe

Design in Context Penny Sparke

Objects of Desire Adrian Forty

Design for the Real World Victor Papenek

The Elements of Colour Johannes Itten

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Betty Edwards

Experimental Drawing Robert Kaupelis

You also should familiarise yourself with and read magazines such as Freize, ArtForum, Crafts, Blueprint, Domus, Creative review, IconEye, International Textiles and Vogue to explore future career directions.

About this course

Throughout the course you will experience a wide range of processes and contemporary approaches to creativity which will allow you to define your individual creative practice. For example, you can explore 3-D design, fashion and textiles, fine art, illustration and graphic design.

The course has a long association with many prestigious universities and guided by the professional lecturing team, you will create an impressive portfolio to assist your progression to university or for seeking employment in the creative industries.

This course is based around project assignments exploring various disciplines and a final major project. You will undertake independent work, study historical and contextual theory and develop your portfolio.

Exploratory stage: Learning skills and context 

This stage includes short project assignments and workshops. At the end of this stage all your work will be assessed by your tutor to decide which specialist pathway best suits you. The five pathways of study are:

  • Fine art
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Fashion and textiles
  • 3D design

Pathway stage: Development and progression

Having selected a specialist art and design pathway you will begin to develop your skills and understanding of your chosen specialist pathway in greater depth. You will build a portfolio that will enable you to both fulfil your pathway units and apply for university. An increasing level of independence and maturity of approach is expected at this stage of the course.

Final Major Project (FMP): Proposal and realisation

You will consolidate the experiences of the previous two stages. You will undertake a self-initiated final major project which culminates in an exhibition at the end of the course. The FMP is assessed at level 4 and graded; Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • Brighton MET's Visual Arts department is extensive and has excellent art and design facilities
  • Your own studio space, Mac computing suite and facilities for 3D crafts, printmaking, fashion, laser cutting
  • A big arts community at the College from Level 1 through to Foundation Degree level
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Why the MET?

You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients, and participate in contemporary fine art competitions and exhibitions, including the highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

The department has a wide range of full-time and sessional staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in Brighton’s buzzing art and design scene.

Whether you’re a school leaver or mature student, if you want to work in the creative industries but need guidance in finding your direction, there are staff here who will help you to focus and realise your potential.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our Central Campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Facilities
  • Brighton MET's Visual Arts department is extensive and has excellent art and design facilities
  • Your own studio space, Mac computing suite and facilities for 3D crafts, printmaking, fashion, laser cutting
  • A big arts community at the College
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
Assessment

The course is divided into three stages of which you are required to pass each stage before progressing to the next.

The final stage, stage three, is graded at pass, merit or distinction.

Project work for assessment will take the form of sketchbooks, design sheets and planners and should include your reflections and final outcomes.

After this course

Further study

This course is the preferred progression route to higher education art and design specialised study and the majority of students use this course as a stepping stone into higher education. 

We have an excellent track record of placing students at prestigious universities and art colleges throughout the UK. 

Degrees level courses at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Digital Design, Fashion, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

The Foundation Diploma is a contemporary, innovative and challenging course that allows you to explore a wide range of disciplines including: 

  • Fine art, fashion and textiles
  • Photography and film
  • Animation and sound
  • Graphic art and design
  • Illustration and 3D crafts

Future careers

Employment in the art and design industry normally requires applicants to have studied at degree level. 

  • Fashion, textiles, jewellery and accessory design
  • Graphic design 
  • Illustration
  • Product design
  • Interior design
  • Concept art
  • Art education
  • Furniture design
  • Architecture
  • Exhibition and museum curatorship
  • Printmaking
  • Theatre design
  • Set design
  • Prop making
  • SFX design

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here. Please speak to our Admissions team if you have any further queries: admissions@gbmc.ac.uk | 01273 667704

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase drawing materials. A portable hard drive (500GB minimum) will also be beneficial to support your learning.

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur incidental costs.

You may wish to purchase resources appropriate to the presentation of your work especially for the final major project and final show such as presentation materials, structures or props.

Open events

Register for our open events in October and November. It's an opportunity to explore our amazing facilities and hear from our expert teaching staff.

 

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!


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