Art and Design

Foundation Studies in Art and Design Level 3

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Programme Details
Awarding Body WJEC
Sector Further Education
Programme Length One year full time.
Bilingual Delivery This course is available through the medium of Welsh
Programme Description:

Our lively programme offers a diagnostic experience which encourages you to experiment and make informed choices for future studies and creative practice.

It acts as a bridge between your Level 3 studies (A Level and equivalent) and the first year of a degree. You can explore a wide range of skills which will help you to become a flexible, lateral thinker in preparation for a place in higher education and employment.

You will study in a creative environment that stimulates inventiveness, experimentation and analysis. The programme is taught in Carmarthen School of Art’s Degree departments and you are also given your own studio space to undertake project work.

Programme Features:

You will explore all curriculum areas in art and design before choosing which specialist pathway suits your personal interests. You will develop skills working with a variety of materials and processes which will help you generate and develop ideas and outcomes.

Your studies will be supported by our Contextual Studies lectures. This exciting element of the course helps to grow your confidence in creative and critical thinking, personal reflection and subject knowledge of historical and contemporary practices.

The programme is delivered 5 days a week for 35 weeks and is FREE of tuition fees. A studio fee of £150.00 will pay for workshop materials throughout the year.

Progression and Employment:

You will be taught by degree tutors and subject specialists, most of whom have their own practice, which encourages immediate knowledge transfer. We will help you to build a subject-specific portfolio and using specialist facilities will introduce you to ways of working ready for studying a degree or going on to employment.

Many of our students go on to universities throughout the UK or choose direct progression onto one of our 9 degree programmes at Carmarthen School of Art at Coleg Sir Gar, for which you will be eligible for an Internal Progression Bursary of £1000.

Programme Content:

You will generate work for six units which cover drawing, making and projects specific to your chosen specialist pathway. The course culminates in a Major Project.

The programme is split into three stages:

Stage One: You will spend 9 weeks studying a range of workshops to introduce you to processes and ways of working. Through personal investigation, tutorials and assessment you will establish which specialist pathway suits you and your progression route. Workshops include Painting, Life Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Print-Making, Fashion & Textiles.

Stage Two: You will select and follow your chosen specialist pathway. You will be asked to explore specialist projects and processes to support you in building a portfolio appropriate to your course of study at higher education or for employment opportunities.

You can choose to study one of the following specialist pathways:

  • 3D Art & Design – typically:- Installation; Architecture; Set & Costume design; Ceramics; Jewellery; 3D Design; Sculpture etc.
  • Fashion & Textiles – typically:- Fashion Design; Garment construction; Printed Textiles; Knitted Textiles; Fashion Communication; Textiles Art.
  • Fine Art – typically:- Illustration; Painting; Fine Art - Drawing and Printmaking.
  • Visual Communication - typically:- Graphic Design; Video; Animation; Photography.

Stage Three: You stay within your chosen specialist pathway but the emphasis is on ambition, individuality, specialist focus and independence - which is what is expected of you in Level 4 and higher education. You will propose and develop your own Major Project and the results of 10 weeks of practice will be presented in an end of year exhibition open to the public.

Method of Assessment

The result of your Major Project will give a final diploma grade of Distinction, Merit or Pass. You must pass each criteria in each Stage to move on to subsequent Stages.

Units are assessed internally. You will also create a final Major Project which is externally moderated by the WJEC.

UCAS Points acquired from studying Foundation Art and Design:

Distinction - 112

Merit - 96

Pass - 80

Entry Requirements

All applicants will need to bring a portfolio of art and design work to their interview. Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.

An applicant for the Foundation Diploma (L3) will need to have:

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A* - C - Including English and Maths.

A minimum of 1 A-Level OR other equivalent Level 3 qualification (preferably in an art or design subject).

Mature applicants are welcomed and will be considered on an alternative basis of portfolio and life experiences.

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Full Time Jobswell Campus 1 Year Apply
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Campus Locations

Campus Address Postcode
Ammanford Campus Dyffryn Road,
SA18 3TA
Gelli Aûr Campus Gelli Aûr,
SA32 8NJ
Graig Campus Sandy Road,
SA14 4DN
Pibwrlwyd Campus Pibwrlwyd,
SA31 2NH
Jobswell Campus Jobs Well Road,
SA31 3HY

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