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Art and Design EDEXCEL BTEC Foundation Diploma Level 3 at Cornwall College

Course description

Ideal if: you wish to build on prior experience in art and design, and develop a specialism which informs your practice and your choice of higher level study. This course can lead to a wide range of university courses, providing you with an environment to cultivate an inquiring approach and develop the ability to practice with increased autonomy.

You'll need: a level 3 qualification, equivalent experience and a portfolio of work.

You'll learn: to explore a wide range of materials, techniques and processes through workshops and studio practice. These will allow you to develop new skills whilst enhancing your understanding of art and design relating to social, cultural and personal themes.

Expect: lots of variety, guest lectures and subject specialist teaching.

You'll love: to have your own dedicated and prupose built studio space with access to ecellent workshops in 3D, ceramics, fashion and textiles, printmaking, animation and film.

You'll go onto: employment or university study such as our Foundation Degree in Contemporary Creative Practice.

Course content

During the first term students are introduced to a wide range of materials, techniques and processes through workshops, such as: drawing, mark-making, print making, photography, graphics, mixed media, painting, 3D and textiles.  These workshops allow students to explore new skills whilst developing their understanding of art and design; relating to social, cultural and personal themes.  Students benefit from being taught by specialist lecturers, they are also introduced to various 'tools of the trade' such as Apple Macs.

Contextual Studies underpin all aspects of the course and this is taught through lectures, seminars and gallery visits.  Students also have the opportunity to improve their literacy, I.T. and research skills and are given the support to research and apply through U.C.A.S. to courses in Higher Education establishments.

During the second and third term students develop their own projects and ability to work with an increased autonomy, leading up to the Final Major Project, where students are able to consolidate all that they have learnt so far on the course.  With support from staff, they choose the topic, the materials they wish to use and they decide what they would like to produce for a final exhibition of their work. This exhibition showcases the work from the Final Major Project amongst other course work.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a level 3 qualification, equivalent experience or in some circumstances a portfolio of work, as well as enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to further your education in the arts. If you wish to apply, you will be asked to bring along a portfolio of your work, if possible, to an informal interview.  The Foundation Diploma qualifies students to progress directly on to Higher Education in a specialist Art or Design subject.  There is currently a very large choice of higher level courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees or full Honour Degrees that can lead to a wide range of career opportunities. 

Future opportunities

The Foundation Diploma qualifies students to progress directly on to Higher Education in a specialist Art or Design subject.  There is currently a very large choice of higher level courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees or full Honour Degrees that can lead to a wide range of career opportunities. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cornwall College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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