UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Location
Falmouth Campus
Length
1 year full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

The Falmouth Foundation Diploma prepares you for a future in the creative arts. For most students it's a period of exploration and discovery where important decisions are made about their future. Through a programme of studio and workshop activities and a great lecture series we bring on your skills, your knowledge and your ways of thinking to lead you to your own creative pathway.

The Foundation Diploma is a popular course with an excellent reputation and is one of the few courses in the country based in a specialist arts institution. What's more, Cornwall's art heritage and lively contemporary culture make for a highly creative community, where you'll be surrounded by people working on exciting projects across art, design, media, performance and writing.

UAL Awarding Body is part of University of the Arts London and is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England. They are selective about who they work with and seek to identify institutions who are innovative, creative and committed to arts education.

Benefits

  • Develop individual initiative, and work in groups to strengthen your communication and negotiation skills
  • Learn about research methods, idea development, materials and methods, evaluation and reflection, preparation for progression, and final project proposal and realisation
  • Project work is supported by lectures, demonstrations, professional experience, seminars and tutorials

Course outline

At first we introduce you to a series of challenging sessions where you explore the different approaches to practice that define the worlds of fine art, design or media study. These include drawing, painting and printmaking, lens-based work, animation and narrative work, constructional methods in wood, metal, clay and plaster, fashion, textile and costume projects and more. We encourage you to explore all these ways of working and thinking so that you can see where your strengths lie, before deciding which particular art, design or media direction to follow.

We then start to lead you along this pathway, showing you more advanced or more specialised studio practices, and introducing you to degree students, specialist staff and visiting speakers who operate in your favoured discipline.

As the course progresses, emphasis will change from project work set by tutors, to student-negotiated projects and finally to self-devised projects.

To support and contextualise your practical work you'll take part in exhibitions and events, field visits, overseas study trips, seminars and tutorials, written assignments and engaging lectures in the histories of modern and contemporary art and design.

As well as developing your individual initiative, you'll also work in groups to strengthen your communication and negotiation skills. You'll learn about research methods, idea development, evaluation and reflection, professional practice, preparation for progression, and writing proposals.

Facilities

  • Dedicated Foundation workshops and studios
  • Access to other facilities in the University when appropriate

Staff

Our experienced staff are all accomplished visual practitioners with a range of expertise. They'll introduce you to the fundamental skills required to become a successful artist, designer, maker or media practitioner.

Career destinations

  • Specialist undergraduate study in a huge range of art and design and media courses
  • Postgraduate study for people returning to education
  • Employment or Personal Practice in the creative sector

Assessment

Your studio practice will be continuously assessed, along with written assignments and an end of year exhibition.

Educational opportunities

  • Undergraduate study: Many students go on to undergraduate courses at Falmouth and other universities and colleges. These include fashion, textiles, graphics, illustration, drawing, architecture, spatial and environmental design, theatre, 3D and product design, fine art and photography. If you’ve satisfactorily completed Falmouth’s Foundation course and have a supporting academic recommendation, we’ll guarantee you a place on an appropriate degree course at Falmouth the following academic year. As part of this process, you’ll be guaranteed an interview on the degree course of your choice.
  • Postgraduate study: Some students who are returners to education go on to postgraduate courses if they already hold a first degree or have relevant industry experience.
  • Personal practice in the visual arts: A number of students use this course to sharpen not only their visual awareness, but also their practical and specialist skills, in preparation for personal practice, self-employment or employment across the creative sector.

Interview and selection process

New for 2017, we will ask all applicants to submit a digital online portfolio of twenty images. From this initial submission we will select applicants to attend live interviews at Falmouth in February/ March 2017.

At interview you will be given the opportunity to have a conversation with a member of Foundation staff about yourself, your work, your plans for the future, and about the course and the University.

Awarding body

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UAL Awarding Body is part of University of the Arts London and is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England. They are selective about who they work with and seek to identify institutions who are innovative, creative and committed to arts education.