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BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Full Time Level 3 & 4 at Richmond Adult Community College

Course description

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design aims to prepare you to make the right choices concerning your future career in the Arts. This primarily, but not exclusively, involves you creating a portfolio of work that gives you the best possible chance of gaining a place at university. It is a challenging and intensive course that will build upon and expand your prior creative skills and knowledge of art & design practice, the creative industries and their historical context. By the end of the course we aim to have developed your capacity to analyse, reflect on and review your progress within the context of art and design. The course is highly experimental and exploratory giving you the opportunity to discover a range of different disciplines and practices before you specialize in one field. This course will develop your ability to challenge your preconceptions. It will increase your personal independence in developing ideas and extend your skills in using materials, techniques and processes.

Course content

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is structured in 3 separate stages; Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory Stage 1: Exploratory: You will be introduced to a variety of subject areas including: Fine Art; Graphic Design/Illustration; Photography, Video, Three Dimensional Design; Printing; Textiles and Fashion, Spatial Design and Crafts Stage 2: Pathway During this stage you will work within your chosen specialist area responding to briefs and developing your independence and your individual creativity. Stage 3: Confirmatory During this stage you will work on a major project within your specialist area where you will automatically integrate your research and ideas into practice. You will be expected to take full responsibility for the direction of your work, through a process of independent learning and exhibit your final major project in an end of year exhibition and assessment. Historical and Contextual Studies Throughout stages 1 and 2 you will develop a critical understanding through lectures and gallery visits, your programme will cover historical and contemporary issues and concerns. You will conduct a significant independent research project in the form of a 2,500 word essay to gain an understanding of the location of your practice in the context of contemporary art & design.

Entry requirements

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is intended primarily for those students wishing to progress to higher education in art and design or associated studies. However, students who wish to use the qualification as preparation for employment will not be discouraged. You will need a portfolio of work which demonstrates evidence of having achieved a standard which will enable you to benefit from the course. Your portfolio needs to articulate:- • Your Visualisation skills (e.g. Drawing, Photography, 3D work) • Your idea development skills • A range of materials and processes that you have used • Your particular interest in Art & Design this could include other artist/designers that inspire you or exhibitions or events you have attended. • Your portfolio should include sketch books to demonstrate some of the above. It is also advised that unless you are a mature student you have one Advanced GCE supported by three GCSE grades A* to C or equivalent, a combination of an Advanced GCE in Applied Art and Design or AS GCE in Art and Design or a Btec National level 3 or a Foundation Diploma Level 3. You will be interviewed with your portfolio prior to enrolment. A minimum of Level 2 Literacy and Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) Numeracy is recommended. Competency in ICT is essential.


Assessment is through formal review by course tutors according to the Edexcel BTEC standards. Your work will be continuously assessed via portfolio/sketch books and project work. You will be given written feedback throughout the course. Informal assessments also take place through critiques and tutor guidance. You are required to pass all the previous stages before being submitted for the final unit. To achieve the whole qualification, you must achieve a pass for all 120 credits that you will submit, via a unitized system. Units 1-3 and 7-9 are achieved at pass only. Unit 10 is graded Pass/Merit/Distinction. The grade for Unit 10 constitutes the final qualification grade.

Further information This course may not be set up yet but it will be available in 2012

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond Adult Community College directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2017
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