What are Foundation Diplomas?
UAL Foundation Diploma: Develop your career in Art and Design and get into university
Start date: 17 September 2018 (Apply before 10 September 2018 to enrol onto this years course – see application form at the bottom of the page)
Duration: 32 weeks on Mon, Tue and Wed
Level: UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is at Level 3. This qualification is recognised by Universities and gives you UCAS Points.
Take a look at what our Foundation Diploma learners have been up to in their time here:
Our one-year UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a Level 3 qualification designed to help you decide upon your area of specialism and build a strong portfolio of work you can use to pursue higher education or other progression routes.
We currently offer three specialist pathways which, in addition to painting, drawing and mixed media, include the below skills development and material studies:
- Decorative & Design
- Visual Communications
- Fine Art & Film
The course encompasses a wide and exciting range of skills and knowledge. You will learn the fundamental practical and visual skills needed to produce a portfolio of work that will secure you a place at University or support your progression route of choice.
During the UAL Foundation Diploma we cover the ideas and processes that underpin professional practice in all the creative industries:
- Have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work.
- Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions.
- Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production.
- Solve complex problems through the application of art, design or related practical, theoretical and technical understanding.
- Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.
- Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision making.
- Take responsibility for the research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities.
- Effectively present work to appropriate audiences.
After completing formative units you will begin to study your specialist area in greater depth, producing a professional portfolio of work. We also help establish working practices that will be essential in succeeding in University or employment in the creative industries. Including management of workload, time management, organisation and presentation.
In the last term you will undertake a final major project and this is the only section of the course which is graded and will decide your final grade. All learners exhibit their work in the public final show and private view event.
Our learners progress into a wide range of higher education courses including but not limited to: Printmaking, Fashion, Animation, Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration, Film Making, Fashion, Sculpture and Interior Design.
This is a very exciting course that encompasses a wide range of skills and knowledge. Nevertheless it is a taught course on which you will learn the fundamental practical professional practice in the Visual Arts and Design – visual research, idea generation and development as well as the production of the finished piece. As well as covering own specialist area of interest in depth.
The framework of the course is broken down into three stages:
Term 1: Learning skills and context
Unit 1: Art and design research methods
Unit 2: Art and design ideas development
Unit 3: Art and design materials and methods
Unit4: Art and design evaluation and reflection
(Assessment – Pass / Fail).
Term 2: Development and progression / UCAS application
Unit 5: Integrated art and design research, ideas and methods
Unit6: Preparation for progression in art and design
(Assessment – Pass / Fail).
Term 3: ‘Final Major Project’ Proposal and realisation – (final assessment and award – Pass/ Merit /Distinction)
Unit 7: Project proposal and realisation in art and design
Assessment – Pass / Merit / Distinction
In order to gain the Diploma, all Units in these three stages must be successfully completed.
Teaching and learning methods
You will be taught through a range of studio based workshops with demonstrations. The emphasis is on a highly personalised approach matching teaching and learning. Peer to peer learning is encouraged through show and tell and critiques. You will take part in live industry projects and practitioner led sessions.
Inspirational visits such as key exhibitions and collections are also an integral part of the course.
Studio and project work will be assessed on a weekly basis in tutorials. Feedback and suggestions to improve your emerging fashion practice will be given on an informal level. Your progress through the course units will be assessed during project critiques and one to ones. Your work will be formally assessed at the three stages of the course.
You will need GCSE Maths & English grade A-C and 1 ‘A’ Level or National Diploma or equivalent as a minimum requirement for a place on this course. We will also interview applicants and you will required to bring a portfolio of your work to the interview.
Applicants returning to learning after a break may be considered on portfolio and interview alone. If you are sure of your eligibility please make an application and we can arrange an advice and guidance session to review your portfolio.
- The fee is £5,420*
*There is no fee if you are aged 18 on 31 August 2018. For learners aged 19 and over, there are low interest government loans available. You will not need to pay your fees up front.
Download and complete the application form below. You need to do this as soon as possible to guarantee a place on the course.
Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Level 3. By the end of the course learners of all ages achieve their aim of progressing to university with 100% of applicants finding degree places. Our learners are regularly offered places at Goldsmiths, Camberwell, Wimbledon, Central St Martins, Chelsea, London College of Communication and many other great universities studying Graphics, Illustration, Photography, Time-Based Media, Animation, Architectural & Interior Design, Graphic Product Innovation, Sculpture, Art Writing, Transport Design, Effects and Professional practice in Art and Design.
5 reasons to join the Art & Design Foundation Diplomas
- Outstanding quality of teaching and learning with 100% progression rate to university.
- Close relationships with universities.
- Class size – we are small groups and in the privileged position to be able to offer excellent one-to-one advice and guidance.
- Wealth of experience – all our tutors have years of experience lecturing at university level and know what art college tutors and lecturers are looking for in a portfolio and for interviews.
- Dedicated specialist studios and workshops.
WMC-The Camden College in London is well respected by universities. We have progression relationships with some of the country’s top art colleges. The feedback we often get is that our learners have the maturity to know what makes them tick creatively and what they are about, which is crucial in the creative fields.
For more information about the Foundation Diploma click here: Art & Design – University of the Arts (UAL) Foundation Diploma
UAL Foundation Diploma Talk and Tour dates:
- Wednesday 10 October 2018, 13:00-14:30
- Wednesday 21 November 2018, 13:00-14:30
- Wednesday 23 January 2019, 13:00-14:30
- Wednesday 24 April 2019, 13:00-14:30
If you have any further questions about the Foundation Diploma please email: ArtsSchool@wmcollege.ac.uk