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Art, Design and Media Foundation Level 3 Diploma at Weymouth College

Course description

- To enhance students’ capacity to learn, and develop faculties and skills which lead to creative self-reliance
- To develop critical awareness of the visual world
- To develop ability in the methods of creative production
- To enable students’ to identify and interpret their strengths and direction, through progressive exploration of skills and concepts central to art & design practice
- To enable progression onto higher level study in art & design

Course content

The first year of the course offers an opportunity for a broad introduction to Art & Design. The emphasis is on acquiring a range of creative and practical skills and on building up a strong portfolio of work. Drawing and contextual studies form an important part of the work throughout the course, and there are regular visits to galleries to support this. The course is tightly structured and closely taught in the first year, with students’ developing a more personal and independent approach to work in the second year. First year progress review points take place in November and February with a final assessment of the years work in June. In the second year, there are assessments in November, February and June. The new structure of the Foundation course means that all students who complete the course gain a level 3 qualification, however students who are working to a high level will also gain a level 4 qualification in addition. There are three main stages – exploratory, pathway and confirmatory. Year One Exploratory (level 3) Students have the opportunity to work across a range of art and design disciplines, including Illustration, Animation, Graphics, Photography, Print, Textiles, Fine Art- Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Sound, Video and Ceramics. Emphasis is placed on breadth of research, observing and recording information and development of skills and responses. Drawing is critical at this stage as a vital research tool. Media experimentation is also a key element of this stage. Alongside the practical workshops there is also strong contextual element to the course with a program of lectures and weekly talks from Visiting Artists, both of which enable a greater understanding of students creative practice. Year Two Pathway (level 3 & 4) Students should begin to find their preferred location within art & design, using the experience, skills and understanding developed through the previous stage. They have the opportunity to experience specialist areas and consolidate their choice of a chosen pathway, building up a distinctive folio of work, in preparation for Higher Education interviews. Students should also gain confidence in independently generating, developing and presenting their work and ideas. Stage Three – Confirmatory (level 4) At this stage of the course student’s work within their chosen Specialism, developing and integrating their skills and understanding through a process of independent learning. Students are expected to take full responsibility for the direction of their work and their own learning. At the end of the course, students mount an exhibition of their work for the final assessment and awarding of grades. Previous students have been successful in gaining places on a wide variety of courses, in colleges locally and nationally. E.g. BA Hons courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Animation, Photography, Video, 3D Design Crafts, Fashion/Textiles and Illustration.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE’s at C or above and two ‘A’ levels (or equivalent) one in an Art based subject. Mature students without these qualifications are actively encouraged to apply.


Assessment will be continuous throughout the course. At the end of the course you will be expected to put up an exhibition of your work which will be assessed and graded. Units 1-7 are pass/fail only. Unit 8 has grade outcomes at Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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