This Art and Design foundation course introduces the learner to a broad range of areas in the discipline of Art & Design. It is a interdisciplinary programme of study over one academic year that encourages exploration and experiment with different art and design disciplines & media.
It is also to introduces the learner to a broad range of design disciplines before choosing their pathway in Interior Design/ Architecture, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic design & Illusration and Animation. It also allows students a pathway onto a level 8 award.
The key abilities which contribute to successful individual participation on the programme have been identified as: creativity in design; competence in communication in a variety of media; an ability to draw; technical understanding; and organisation.
Candidates are expected to have a keen interest in: the cultural and social factors in design; creative expression and innovation; and to have a capacity for both independent work and teamwork.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Students who complete this course can progress onto year one of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, the BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture, BA (Hons) in Animation or the BA (Hons) in Design Communications.