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Foundation Studies Diploma Art and Design at Bournville College

Course description

The Art and Design Diploma in Foundation Studies will enable you to engage in an intensive one year programme to prepare for Higher Education or employment within the Creative Industries. This is a post AS / A Level course and consists of 12 units at Level 3 and 4. You will be creating a portfolio of creative work in preparation for progression. There will be an opportunity to take part in an educational visit to a European destination during the academic year. Local trips are also planned into the curriculum to enrich the programme.

Course content

The first stage of the course is entitled Introductory Studies and introduces students to a range of different art and design disciplines. There is a particular emphasis on the development of draughtsmanship skills alongside workshops in areas such as fashion and textiles, graphic design and many other specialist disciplines. The second stage is called the Pathway Stage where students choose which specialist area they want to pursue as a career. The last stage is the Confirmatory Stage where students get to write their own project proposal, culminating in an end of year exhibition.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements are 2 AS Levels or one full A Level and 4 GSCEs grade C or above (including English). A portfolio of creative work is required and you will be interviewed for your suitability for the course.


Continual assessment will take place after each unit / assignment is completed. Written and verbal assessment feedback is given with guidance on how to improve your grades. Students will be unable to continue onto the Confirmatory Stage until they have passed all previous units.

Future opportunities

You will progress onto an undergraduate BA (Hons) Degree, a Foundation Degree, HNC/D, a Higher Apprenticeship or employment in the Creative Industries.

Further information

If you are interested in studying this course please contact the Advice Zone on 0121 477 1300

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: 08 August 2016
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