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Art and Design Level 3 Foundation at Basingstoke College of Technology

Course description

The course offers a broad programme which allows students to gradually specialise and then to decide on a particular area.

It enables them to take advantage of an exceptional placement record, develop an appropriate folder of work and gain a nationally recognised qualification (ABC Diploma).

The programme is divided into three stages: 'Exploratory', which includes field study (residential trip); 'Pathway' and; 'Confirmatory', where you will work on your final project in your chosen specialism.

Initially students follow an intensive period of bridging studies which is centred on drawing and developing research skills.  This visual studies programme provides students with enough flexibility to explore their own potential in specific areas of the department and to gradually specialise in their preferred discipline.

During stage two students will develop their visual and practical skills through a range of project based activities in specialist workshops and studios: Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 3D design, Ceramics and Glass, Graphic Design and DTP, Computer Aided Design, Screen Printing, Fashion, Printed Textiles, Knitted and Woven Textiles, Photography and Video. The practical work is complemented by a programme of written contextual studies which includes Art and Design History.  These theoretical studies provide for a critical understanding of Art and Design and its function in society.

Students may choose to study for a GCSE alongside the course.  Where students are intending to continue their studies at a Higher Education Institute it is recommended that students consider this option.

To enhance employment opportunities the course may also have additional qualifications built into the programme which will be assessed by either continuous assessment, a completed portfolio of work, or an end test.

Entry requirements

2 A Levels or 1 A Level plus 3 GCSEs at grade C or above. You must show enthusiasm for the subject supported by a portfolio of work demonstrating your creative ability.


The course is continuously assessed through assignments, projects and case studies.  Students will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on their own and in groups.  The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local business wherever possible.

Financial information

If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free. 
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.

Future opportunities

Most students progress onto a Degree or Higher National Diploma course in Art and Design (average 98% per year).

Further information

Each course offers appropriate work experience to complement the knowledge and skills you will learn at College. Trips to art galleries and exhibitions are essential to the course, students will be required to pay towards the cost of these trips.  The course also includes an essential residential trip at the start of the course to St Ives costing approximately £180.  Students will have an opportunity to go on a second trip to Berlin costing approximately £350.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Basingstoke College of Technology directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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