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Orientation to Art and Design at University of the Arts

Course description

The Orientation to Art and Design has been carefully created to help students with little or no art and design education to bridge the gap between their current skill level and the experience and knowledge required to gain access to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (or other equivalent course).

Course content

Aims of the course
The objective of this full-time programme of study is to enable you to develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills for entry on to a foundation-level course. This includes observational, analytical and research skills, the control of materials and processes in the realisation of ideas, the capacity to evaluate your work and the work of others and to establish communication skills with particular reference to language used to discuss work in the studio. The curriculum is regularly reviewed by academic staff to ensure that it is meeting the criteria required by foundation-level admission tutors. A very large percentage of students who successfully complete this course will be successful in their application to the Foundation Diploma courses at Central Saint Martins or a foundation-level course elsewhere.

At the beginning of the course you are given a timetable of projects, which enables you to prepare for tasks that lie ahead, and will help you evaluate and digest completed work. Beginning with basic drawing and observational skills, the coursework will progress through painting and colour theory, life drawing, 3D construction projects, clay and plaster casting, architectural drawing, photomedia and design for the body. There will also be projects based around visits to local museums and galleries. All projects must be completed and the final part of the course will involve producing an exhibition of completed work. Progress on the course is regularly evaluated through tutorials that are scheduled as part of the timetable. Students are asked to provide their own materials for drawing - all other specialist materials are provided.

English Language
The English language tuition will emphasise speaking and listening skills especially within the context of English used in the art college environment. It will also include discussions about specialist art and design subjects and visits to museums and galleries.Students entering the course are given a timetable of projects, enabling them to prepare for tasks that lie ahead as well as evaluate and digest completed work. All projects must be completed. Progress on the course is regularly evaluated through tutorials which will be scheduled as part of the timetable.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Applicants should be at IELTS level 5.0 in English language and should have started to establish a portfolio of drawings. All applicants must be interviewed or submit a portfolio of recent work before being accepted on to the course. This course is open to students aged 17 years and older.

Other courses that will help with applying to Orientation to Art and Design are:

  • Beginners Drawing
  • Beginners Painting
  • Creative Drawing
  • Developing Your Drawing
  • Drawing Now
  • Drawing Portfolio
  • Etching
  • Evening Painting
  • Experimental Printmaking
  • Foundation in Drawing
  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Introduction to Sculpture
  • Life Drawing
  • Total Drawing
  • Towards Abstraction

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University of the Arts directly.

Last updated date: 30 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 6 Weeks