Art, Design & Photography
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    10 September 2018 to 21 June 2019

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: University of the Arts London - UAL

Qualifications on offer: Level 3/4 Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies

Summary of course

You will start by working on dynamic staff-led projects which will lead on to independent work. You will have access to a wide range of specialist facilities. One day per week is designated as a workshop where you will have the chance to use our impressive facilities which include photography, digital photography, video and editing, printmaking, screen printing, textile/fashion workshops and 3D workshops (wood, metal, plastic,glass, plaster and clay).

We aim to guide students in the development of their intellectual, observational and media skills in order to form a reliable diagnosis of an area of specialism in line with their interests and abilities. You will begin with an ‘exploratory' stage in which you will be exposed to a range of skills. You will then move onto the second ‘Pathway' stage in which you will being to specialise and develop, until in the final ‘Confirmatory' stage which will see you complete a project and exhibit your work.

The ‘Exploratory' stage one is diagnostic. You will be introduced to a wide range of art and design specialisms, workshop introductions and media experiences, whilst constantly developing, questioning and resolving your own work. One-to-one and group tutorials play a continuing role throughout the Foundation course.

The ‘Pathway' stage two will allow you to select specialist and media areas in order to consolidate your skills, develop and reinforce your specialism, deepen your experience and build up a portfolio for your higher education application.

Specialisms include:

  • Fine Art – painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, time based media, and performance
  • Textiles, Fashion and Costume – fashion design, photography, costume, makeup for stage and theatre, and constructed textiles
  • 3D Design (product, architecture, interior, furniture, ceramics and jewellery
  • Graphics and Illustration (graphic design, advertising, illustration, animation, games art, and photography)

You will be encouraged to develop your own path and find your way of doing things. The final stage of the course uses and develops the skills you have gained throughout the foundation year. This ‘Confirmatory' stage three is a period of sustained study centred around a personal final major project, which will be written by you (with guidance) with a clear orientation towards your specialist degree choice. The course culminates in an end of year public exhibition which is hung/installed by you with full technical support. The exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the work you have been producing and to begin to experience the world of professional art and design, promoting your own work and making links with the public. Methods of learning Practical workshops, studio work, seminars, essays and assignments.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Unit 1: Art and Design Research Methods
  • Unit 2: Art and Design Ideas development
  • Unit 3: Art and Design Materials and Methods
  • Unit 4: Art and Design Evaluation and Reflection
  • Unit 5: Integrated Art and Design Research Ideas and Methods
  • Unit 6: Preparation for Progression in Art and Design
  • Unit 7: Project Proposal and Realisation in Art and design

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Through ongoing coursework and a final major project which is graded by the exam board.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Art and Design, wish to progress to university and wish to gain a Level 3/4 qualification in Art and Design.

Progression and Career Opportunities

The foundation course provides a wide range of opportunities to progress onto higher education courses. Here are just a few of the possible courses you could apply for. Fashion, Fine Art, Fine Art Painting and Drawing, Games Art, Graphic Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Architectural design, surface Pattern design, Sculpture, Ceramic and glass design, Photography, Product Design, Textile design.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including GCSEs Art (or art based subject), English and Maths; you will also require a Level 3 Art and Design qualification such as an A Level or a BTEC.

Please note that all applicants will be invited in for interview and will be required to produce a portfolio of art work at interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

All qualified applicants will be interviewed with a portfolio of work. The interview is a friendly, positive ‘tutorial'/discussion about your work and interests. You are informed of the outcome at the end of the interview.

It is important that you can demonstrate your passion and commitment to a course in art and design and that you are open to experimentation and working in new areas of art and design that may be outside your comfort zone!

General Info (materials required for the course)

All Level 3 students at Booth Lane are advised to purchase a starter kit of essential media and materials at a cost of approximately of £90.

There will also be a studio fee of approximately £200 to cover the costs of specialist materials and equipment.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.


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