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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Level 3 - Full-time (Brannams)

Level 3 Vocational
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Brannams Campus
One year

If you have completed your A-levels and think you would like to pursue a future in a creative career then the Foundation Diploma Level 3 / Level 4 creative course is for you.

This course helped me confirm the career I would like to achieve, I developed loads of new skills and a Portfolio of work that got me into a competitive university. - Julia, 2018 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Graduate. Progressed to Fine Art @ Bristol, UWE.


This course will help bolster your emerging portfolio and get you ready for Higher Education applications.

In a dedicated studio space you’ll experiment with materials and techniques from disciplines as diverse as Drawing, Painting, Fashion, Animation, Printing, Graphics, Illustration, Photography, Textiles and 3D, to name but a few. You will be at the point where you will know where your strengths lie and we will help you develop your emerging practice.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of industry experienced lecturers will introduce you to concepts and artists that will inspire your creative journey and challenge the way you create, think and write about art. Opportunities for gallery visits, a London trip to National Exhibitions and an Erasmus exchange to Berlin, encourage and foster an inquisitive and innovative approach to learning.

After completing a one year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, the majority of learners progress onto Creative Higher Education courses. If you would like to get your portfolio ready for Higher Education applications and become a confident creative professional, then the journey starts here.
Assessments will be ongoing. There will be three formative assessments at approximately six week intervals during the exploratory and pathway stages. The confirmatory stage (final major project) is formally internally and externally assessed for the final grade for the course (pass, merit or distinction).
Most students will have completed a two-year A-level programme including an Art and Design A-level, or a BTEC Diploma in Art and Design, Photography or Graphic Design. Alternatively, applicants are required to demonstrate their commitment and ability with a portfolio of work.
Most successful Petroc students progress to relevant specialist university courses, either outside of this area or here at Petroc. A few make the choice to move directly into a career within the creative industries. For the past 15 years, 100% of our students who applied to higher education have secured places.
We are based in a large art studio where each student has a dedicated personal work area. In addition, there are specialist workshops and facilities to support each of the pathways. These include:

Visual Communication - print area, photography studio, Apple Mac computers with industry standard software for graphics, image making, film and animation.
Fashion and textiles - industrial and domestic sewing machines, mannequins, print and constructed textiles.
3D design - wood working machinery, glass, and metal working facilities.
Fine Art - all of the above.
You will need provide materials for specialist project work.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: What is the purpose of this course?
A: The Foundation Diploma is the established route to art and design degree courses, most universities require the diagnostic experience of this course to enable students to make informed choices and to flourish within higher education.

Q: What progression opportunities does the course provide?
A: On Successful Completion of the course many students take up places on a variety of Higher Education courses including: Fine art, Fashion, Textiles, Surface pattern Design, 3D Model-Making, Architecture, Graphic Design Illustration. There is also the possibility to pursue a Higher level Creative based apprenticeship, internships or employment.

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