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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3/4 at Trafford College

Course description

The aims and structure of the course is to support students to develop essential skills required to progress as a creative visual practitioner. The course is delivered through a programme of activities and workshops, including: Fine Art drawing and painting, 3D design and sculpture, textiles, visual communication, digital art, photography and print-making. These workshops are underpinned by core studies in life drawing and visual studies.The programme is delivered in three key stages:Stage 1: Diagnostic: Students will experience all practical areas of the course through organised activities and workshops. Through this experience they will extend skills and become more informed about potential career pathways within Art & Design and creative industries more broadly.Stage 2: Pathway: Students elect to specialise in one area, choosing from Fine art, 3D Design, Visual Communication or Fibre arts. Students will embark on theme-based projects aimed at extending skills and knowledge within that area. Students will be supported closely by experienced specialist staff.Stage 3: Confirmatory: Students will undertake a self-led Final major project culminating with an exhibition of selected work.

Entry requirements

18 years of age or older (although younger applicants Post 16 may beconsidered)One "A" level subject (preferably in an Art or Design subject) + 5 GCSEs grade A-Cincluding English. Applicants will need to attend an interview with a portfolio of art and design work. We welcome applications from mature students, including those who do not necessarily have the formal entry requirements, but can demonstrate their suitability at interview.


Continuous assessment takes place and is a primary tool to measure performanceand to develop individual learning plans. Students must successfully complete each stage of the course in order to progress to the next. The final stage of the course determines the students overall grade for the qualification through the final major project and exhibition of work.

Future opportunities

The primary, although not exclusive, progression route for successful candidates is Higher education and degree level study. Students will be supported through the application process and advised throughout by experienced staff. The course staff team have a great deal of experience and an excellent track record in supporting students to successfully secure places on degree courses.

Further information

Direct contact - Greg Warden (course leader) 0161 952 4899 or or Course Enquiries 0161 886 7070

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 May 2016
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