Art & Design | UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design | Part-Time

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Age 19+. Completion of a Level 2 Diploma, or a strong portfolio of creative work. Interview required. Assessment: Peer review, tutorials and formal assessments of portfolio evidenced-based work Qualification: UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Post A-Level) Awarding Body: UAL Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan Fees (September 2023): £3744.00

Why this course?

The part-time Foundation course is an intensive 1-year Art & Design diploma taught over two days per week. The course is designed to develop and extend your creativity through a series of thought-provoking and stimulating projects and workshops. The course will enable you to build a professional portfolio suitable for employment or university-level study. Successful completion will facilitate progression into any higher education creative direction or degree pathway and is most suitable for 19+ students and mature learners.

At the start of the course, you will benefit from an intensive skills-building program that will introduce you to a wide range of processes and techniques. You will have the opportunity to work between 2D and 3D media to help you understand how to develop creative concepts and ideas. Seminars and presentations will help you to articulate your ideas further.

The course is designed to provide you with intellectual challenges and will encourage you to consider how you wish to work as an artist or designer. You will learn how to evaluate your work and ideas and how to reflect on your practice. This will include the exploration of various approaches to working creatively, including the investigation of the work of others, critical reviews, gallery visits, and other research activities.

It is expected that you will study independently for one or two days per week to develop your practice. You will also be required to undertake extracurricular work such as research and attending university open days. This course has an excellent track record of placing students at prestigious universities and art colleges across the UK. On successful completion, you will receive a UAL Level 3 Diploma.

This course is open to adults 19+ and is eligible for funding via the Advanced Learner Loan. 

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0055-1C 08 Sep 2023 Central Brighton TBC
33 weeks £3744.00 Apply
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    I was crying with happiness. I felt so lucky to discover this course that accepted me without formal art qualifications. If this course wasn’t in my life, I don’t know what I would be doing. It has built my character and made me stronger in every single way.

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Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be aged 19 or over to apply. 
  • Completion of the Level 2 Diploma or equivalent, or a strong portfolio which meets exploratory assessment criteria.
  • Interview required.
Entry Requirements

Course content

Level 3:

  • Integrated Art & Design research, Ideas and Methods
  • Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
  • Project Proposal and Realisation in Art and Design

Level 4:

  • Final Major Project in Art and Design

Why the MET?

The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in Brighton’s buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.

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 at Brighton MET

  • Extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and art studios
  • 3D printer, laser cutting machine, large scale ink jet printer, Canon EOS DSLR cameras, Mac animation suite, photographic suite
  • Printmaking workshop (screen, lino, metal and dry point etching)
  • Plaster, ceramics and glass workshops
  • 3D wood, metal and plastics workshop including a forge, a pattern cutting room and fashion studios
Facilities at Brighton MET

What's next?

This course facilitates progression onto higher education. The majority of our students want to go onto a degree or a foundation degree and we have a very good track record of students progressing onto good HE courses.

  • Students are given considerable support in preparing their portfolios and helping them make the right decision.
  • In a few instances, some part-time foundation students have progressed onto MA courses.
  • For those students not wanting to go into higher education there will also be guidance on professional practice, arts council funding setting up galleries, and applying to competitions and exhibitions.
  • The majority of students wishing to pursue an art and design career will usually have a degree in an art and design subject.
What's next?

Course fees and additional costs

This course is eligible for funding through the Advanced Learner Loan. Find out more here.

You will need to purchase materials and equipment prior to the start of the course term (approx cost £100) and top up consumable items (paper, paint etc) throughout the year. This will be approximately £5 or more per week . 

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