UAL Level 4 Foundation  Diploma - Art & Design

"The University of the Arts London Awarding Body Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies is a pivotal qualification which supports students in the transition from general education to specialist art and design education, enabling them to make an informed decision when applying to art and design higher education, or seeking employment within a related industry. The qualification has been designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk taking. Learning through projects, assignments, presentations and group critiques will enable students to develop strong communication skills and support the transition from general to specialist art and design education. The qualification builds on learners’ prior experience, linking skills already acquired with ideas and challenges which will extend the learners’ critical independence and enable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards required to achieve progression to higher education."

- www.arts.ac.uk -

 
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Course content

The course is designed for students who have successfully completed a Level 3 qualification in Art and Design or related subject either at Diploma level or A level and wish to work towards Degree level study. This is very much a preparation year for Higher Education and helps the learner to develop their own style and ideas within Fine Art. In the first term students will explore a range of disciplines building a strong foundation in art theory and fundamental, practical skills.  The second term further explores technical skill using painting and portraiture as a theme as well as developing dynamic images to give work a contemporary and sometimes commercial edge. Students will be able to try out different techniques and materials and explore  ways in which artists and designers work towards professional practise within their careers. Work from the third term will form a Personal  Project. Students will be encouraged to create exciting and ambitious artwork in order to build an extensive portfolio for exhibition and application for Higher Education. The course includes general observation drawing, painting, design, art history, theory and art appreciation.

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teaching and assessment

This is a one year program of study delivered over 3 academic terms.

The course is made up of 7 project/assignment based units. Assessment takes place throughout the course in the form of group discussion, one to one tutorials and formal feedback and grading. The course requires a final personal project, assessment and exhibition.

How many UCAS points is it worth? 

This qualification does not offer any UCAS points.

Can I go straight onto University from this course?

Yes, subject to the university's admissions criteria. In the past many of our learners have been able to secure a place on a Higher Education Degree Course in a creative subject whilst others have chosen to seek employment within the creative industries or become self-employed.

How many days will I be in College?

Attendance - 3 days per week 9.00am till 4.30 pm. Some extra hours may be required if learners are taking English and Maths qualifications.

How many hours of work will I do at home?

At least one or more days of self- study are required.

Do I need to buy all my materials? 

Learners are required to pay a £150 fee at enrolment and at the start of year two which allows them to use the studio materials and printing facilities whilst at college and goes towards an educational trip Some materials will be required for self- study. College of West Anglia can offer a Materials Bursary from the Learner Support Fund that goes towards the materials fee for learners who's family experience financial difficulty. A separate application is required to Student Services at CWA. Details of this can be provided on request. The bursary is subject to conditions.

Is there any help with travel costs?

College of West Anglia can offer a Travel Bursary from the Learner Support Fund that helps with travel costs for learners who live certain distances from AAE and who's family experience financial difficulty. A separate application is required to Student Services at CWA. Details of this can be provided on request. The bursary is subject to conditions.

Is there any help with meals costs whilst at college?

College of West Anglia can offer financial help with the cost of lunches whilst at AAE from the Learner Support Fund who's family experience financial difficulty. A separate application is required to Student Services at CWA. Details of this can be provided on request. The bursary is subject to conditions.

What if I didn’t get grade 4 or above in my English and Maths GCSE?

Learners who are accepted onto the Study Program (16+) who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 or above in English and Maths GCSE will be required as a condition of funding to continue studying towards these qualifications. English and Maths lessons will be provided each week at AAE with qualified teachers in small learning groups. Students are required to work towards one level above their previously attained level ( this may be Functional Skills) and sit exams each year until they reach GCSE Grade 4 or above or their course ends which ever is sooner. Please note that this is compulsory. 

Do I need an Art A'level or Level 3 Diploma?

Yes this is preferred, however, we have in the past accepted applicants who do not hold a Level 3  qualification in Art but who show a high level of artistic ability and commitment in other areas. We would expect to see examples of creative work undertaken by the learner at interview and applicants will be expected to demonstrate a real focus in developing a creative career. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit. We are committed to offering support to learners who may have faced challenges in their education in the past for a number of reasons ie having Dyslexia, anxiety issues, Autism or physical challenges where our facilities and staff levels allow.