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Art and Design - Level 3 Foundation Studies at Harrow College

Course description

Those who wish to apply for degree courses in Art and Design related subjects.

Course content

The Exploratory Stage (Rotation and Assignment One - Tutor Set) Unit 1: Information and Research Unit 2: Recording and Responding Unit 3: Media Experimentation

A rotation period comes at the start of the course and during these first four weeks you will have the opportunity to experience all the specialist areas and complete an induction project. Sampling each specialist area will help to make the right decisions about each student's future development in art and design.

During week three, students will have consultations with their personal tutor who will help advise on choice of specialisms and after discussions you will be asked to select 3 options from the 4 listed below:

  • Painting and Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Illustrations and Graphics
  • Architecture and 3D

As well as your specialist studies, each week you wll attend the following core studies which are compulsory:

  • Drawing Studies (including Life Drawing)
  • ITC (using Photoshop and QuarkExpress)
  • Cultural Studies

Unit 4: Information and Interpretation This unit is delivered through weekly Art History lessons and Contextual Studies viewings and visits.

Pathway Stage (Assignment 2 - tutor set) Unit 5: Combined Experimental Studies Unit 6: Media Development Unit 7: Preparation and Progression

Confirmatory Stage (Assignment 3 - student set) Unit 8: Integrating Theory and Practice Unit 9: Personal Confirmatory Study

For each of the three stages, there are 3 grading themes: Knowledge and Understanding, Personal Development, Manipulation and Translation

Entry requirements

Completion of an A level programme or BTEC Certificate/Diploma in Art and Design. Mature students who have a keen interest in developing knowledge and skills in order to progress to a BA in Art & Design.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

To prepare a portfolio for BA (Hons) degree application or entry into design employment.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

You need some art materials at home to complete your homework. You should have some paints, colour pencils and markers at home.

Additional costs:

£100 materials levy and £50 for trips to London exhibitions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OT3FADWA
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  • Number of planned places: 25

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