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This established and highly respected one-year Art Foundation course has a broad programme allowing you to gradually specialise in your chosen area, preparing you for higher-level study at the university of your choice.
You will be extended beyond your A-level
studies toward higher-level working practices,
preparing you for the demands of university
or employment. The course will extend your
creative potential and build strategies to allow
you to get the most out of university. It is a
fast-paced experience that will encourage you
to develop confidence in your own ideas and
build a substantial portfolio of work.
This course is also suitable for mature learners and those returning to education. We will accept applicants based on a portfolio of work in cases where you have not studied a creative subject previously. You may also be entitled to funding for this course via an Advanced Learner Loan which is available for students aged 19+. Find out more at: bcot.ac.uk/funding
The programme is divided into three stages: 'Exploratory', which includes a broad experimental approach to consolidate your discipline, 'Pathway', and 'Confirmatory' where students will work on a final project in their chosen specialism.
Initially, students follow an intensive period of bridging studies which is centred on drawing and developing research skills. This visual studies programme provides students with enough flexibility to explore their own potential in specific areas of the department and to gradually specialise in their preferred discipline.
During stage two students will develop their visual and practical skills through a range of project based activities in specialist workshops and studios: Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 3D design, Ceramics and Glass, Graphic Design and Digital Processes, Screen Printing, Fashion, Printed Textiles, Knitted and Woven Textiles, Photography and Video.
The practical work is complemented by contextual studies. Theoretical studies provide for a critical understanding of Art and Design and its function in society.
During the course you will go on a residential trip and complete a final project in your chosen discipline, preparing you for employment or university.
The course is continuously assessed through assignments, projects and case studies. Learners will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on their own and in groups.
The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local business wherever possible.
Most students progress onto a Degree or Higher National Diploma course in Art and Design (average 98% per year).
UCAS points for this course:
D (112)M (96)P (80)
Tel: 01256 354141