Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Art & Design | UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Post A-Level | Level 3/4

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Course Code: FE0315-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Qualification: UAL DIploma Art & Design Foundation Studies Level 3 & 4 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

This contemporary, innovative and challenging course allows you to explore a wide range of disciplines including fine art, photography, film, animation and sound, graphic art and design, illustration, fashion, textiles and 3D crafts, before discovering your strengths and focusing on your preferred areas. The course is designed to support progression on to higher education.

All the staff are practising artists and designers who will encourage you to experiment and improve your techniques and skills through workshops, seminars and trips.

Disciplines include: fine art, photography, film, animation and sound; graphic art and design; illustration; fashion and textiles; and 3D crafts.

The course culminates in a final project and end of year exhibition.

Start dates

Start
September 2019 Apply
September 2020 Apply

Please note: Applications for courses starting in September 2020 will be processed in late October 2019.

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who 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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Entry requirements

You can join this course if you have at least 1 A-Level at grade C or above in a creative subject and five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths.

Entry requirements

Course content

Exploratory stage:

  • Materials, methods and media
  • Broad range of disciplines
  • Individual, group and collaborative work
  • Historical and contextual lectures
  • Study skills

Pathway stage and final project: 

  • Focus on areas of interest
  • Techniques and skills
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Portfolio building
  • Final major project
  • Exhibition


Why this course at the MET?

Northbrook MET has a fantastic track record of progression to prestigious universities.

You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients and be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in the region'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 Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the art & design courses running alongside theatre arts and music courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

Further study and future careers

You can progress to a university-level course, either at the MET or at universities throughout the UK.

Our West Durrington Campus is also our University Centre, a creative arts space with students studying at degree level in art & design disciplines as well as theatre arts and music.

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

Future careers include:

  • Freelance fine artist
  • Photographer
  • Filmmaker/animator
  • Graphic artists
  • Illustrator 
  • 3D artist
  • Textile designer
Further study and future careers

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Course fees for 19+

If you are over 19+ you will be required to pay the full course fees as an adult learner.

An Advanced Learner Loan is available to assist with these costs.

Like the Higher Education student loan, the Advanced Learner Loan is only repaid once your course is complete and you are earning over £25,000 a year.

  • student Views Elsa Art Foundation - Illustration

    “Being at the MET has really broadened my horizons. I can do what I enjoy doing, all day every day and I've never had so much freedom. I want to go to university but I'm going to have a year out first and do some travelling.”

  • alumni Views Hope Laker Art Foundation

    “The Foundation course really helped me develop my creative skills.”

  • alumni Views Yasmin Costen Art Foundation

    “The Foundation course is really structured, and the staff very helpful – they helped me achieve the grade I wanted.”

  • alumni Views Stacy Griffiths Art Foundation

    “Art Foundation at Northbrook was the perfect place for me to find my future practice. With fantastic resources and access to workshops, as well as a team of inspiring and supportive tutors, it made for a truly wonderful year!”

Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Archivist or curator

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines, appraises and advises on the acquisition of exhibits, historic records, government papers and other material.
  • Classifies material and arranges for its safe keeping and preservation.
  • Maintains indexes, bibliographies and descriptive details of archive material and arranges for reproductions of items where necessary.
  • Examines objects to identify any damage and carries out necessary restoration whilst preserving original characteristics.
  • Makes sure that storage and display conditions protect objects from deterioration and damage.
  • Allows access to original material or material not on display for researchers.
  • Develops and promotes ideas for exhibitions and displays.
  • Negotiates loans of material for specialist displays.
  • Liaises with school and other groups or individuals, publicises exhibits and arranges special displays for general, specialised or educational interest.
  • Answers verbal or written enquiries and gives advice on exhibits or other material.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,567

AVERAGE £23,946

POTENTIAL £37,889

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Artist

Typical Tasks:

  • Conceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.
  • Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
  • Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc.
  • Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
  • Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
  • Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
  • Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
  • Produces works on commission basis for clients.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -1.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,706

AVERAGE £26,735

POTENTIAL £48,282

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Monitoring
  • Science

Graphic designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £18,077

AVERAGE £24,648

POTENTIAL £39,039

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Product, clothing or related designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
  • Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
  • Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
  • Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
  • Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,004

AVERAGE £23,790

POTENTIAL £38,415

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Science
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