This has been an interesting and challenging year for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design here at WM College. The Foundation Diploma is based around the principle that the first two terms are for working things out, making mistakes and experimenting, and the third term is the time to “show off” everything you have learnt in a Final Major Project (FMP). This project is unique in many art student’s education experience and provides both a confirmation of specialism and skill, as well as a sound jumping off point for further study or employment in the creative industries.
This year however Covid 19 and the lockdown struck just as we were beginning to introduce the FMP and gather first drafts of the Project Proposal documents. Because everyone had different opportunities to work away from college our awarding body decided that grades this year would be estimated rather than based on the FMP, but many of our learners have chosen to continue with the project at home with the ongoing online support of our tutors. Others have taken the end of year exhibition as an opportunity to showcase work they had completed prior to lockdown, or alternative projects they have been on working on during their time at home.
We are extremely impressed by this years cohort, their dedication and their creativity. We hope you enjoy viewing this online end of year show, and please comment on any work you particularly enjoy, just like you might if you met an artist while perusing a physical show at the college.