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Foundation Art and Design (pre degree) at Wiltshire College

Course description

The course consists of 7 mandatory sequential units covering a whole range of art and design, including drawing, painting, basic design, surface and colour, 3D studies, print making, photography, digital media and art and design history. 
The first part of this course is 'diagnostic'. You explore a wide range of media and methods and you are then able to diagnose which area fits your abilities and aspirations. 
At Christmas you choose to specialise in one of four broad areas for the remainder of the course: 3D Design and Craft, Fashion and Textiles, Visual Communications or Fine Art. Students often choose areas which they had not previously anticipated and students who studied Art at A Level often become designers. 
Students are provided with permanent workstations in a well-lit, purpose built studio with access to excellent specialist workshops for 3D work, ceramics, printmaking, photography and computer work.
Applications to higher education go through UCAS; guidance and advice on this is a part of the programme.
You receive regular tutorials, which focus on your coursework and help you identify your strengths and future progression.
During both the Autumn and Spring terms there are organised visits to see galleries and exhibitions in London.

Course content

Units studied will include:

  • Research Record and Respond 
  • Media Experimentation 
  • Preparation and Progression
  • Information and Interpretation 
  • Personal Experimental Studies 
  • Extended Media Development 
  • Final Major Project

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grade A* - C or equivalent, plus 1 A Level in a related subject or an access to HE qualification . 
  • A recent portfolio of advanced standard
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview.
NB: Adult returners who can demonstrate a visual commitment and produce a recent portfolio of work will be considered.


This is an intensive and exciting course. You will be required to undertake your coursework at home and will need to allocate about 5 hours per week.

You will be assessed on the coursework that you produce over the year. The work you produce in the first two terms is assessed as a pass or fail. The work produced in the Summer term is assessed as your final assignment; assessed both internally by the course team and externally by the validation awarding body. This gives you a final overall grade at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The final qualification will be a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Future opportunities

The main aim of this course is to enable you to progress to higher education. The course has an established record of success with approximately 96% of students progressing to good degree courses, including:
  • Architecture
  • Spatial Design
  • Furniture and Product design
  • Glass
  • Ceramics and Craft
  • Fine Art
  • Footwear design
  • Jewellery
  • Fashion
  • Fashion promotion
  • Fashion accessories
  • Theatre design
  • Costume for film and TV
  • Textile design
  • Surface design
  • Graphic design
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Time-based art
  • Art History


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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