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Foundation Studies Diploma in Art and Design - Level 3 - Full-time (Mid Devon)

Level 3 Vocational
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Mid Devon Campus
One year

You will gain experience of all disciplines within Art and Design before specialising your studies into your own chosen field demonstrating independence and autonomy in directing your own time management and studio practice. A professional portfolio is developed alongside key work experience skills applied in presentation skills, interview techniques, live briefs and self-promotion.

2017 student, Joanna Collins, won BTEC Art & Design student of the year at the National Awards.


Learning about art and design provides vital practice in many fundamental life skills such as communication, lateral thinking, teamwork, self-awareness, problem-solving, time management, budgeting; all essential abilities in any professional environment.

There are three key stages to the programme:
- The Exploratory Stage covers skills in observing and responding to visual information, in 2D and 3D.
- The Pathway Stage is where you will choose an area in which to develop more specialist skills by exploring ideas and outcomes and using a range of processes.
- The Confirmatory Stage is where you'll complete a personal project which allows you to really demonstrate the skills you've acquired throughout the programme while showing your ability to research and discuss specialist contextual issues.

After an introductory period where you'll develop your skills across a wide range of disciplines, you will move on to complete assignments in a whole range of specialist pathways, so you're in the best position to make the right choice about your future in art and design.

You will be encouraged to push the boundaries of art and design to help you progress your aspirations for the future. Anyone with a strong desire to further their education and pursue a career in the creative industries is welcome to apply.

During the first year of the course, learners have the opportunity to work in a range of different art and design disciplines including fine art, photography, graphic design and fashion/textiles, etc. The variety of art and design skills learnt through a series of workshops allows learners to make an educated decision to choose what areas they may like to specialise in.

Throughout the course, learners are given vocational briefs which are more open to personal interpretation with specialist art and design options, supported by in depth workshops; this allows learners to fully explore the specialisms of their choice.
The course is delivered through a range of assignments which have an industrial/vocational context and where possible are 'live' briefs.
Building from the core units, you will be prepared during your first year to start to take more responsibility over the direction of your work.
During the second year, you will select specialist units and your work will become self-directed.

You will be given regular formal and informal feedback about how you are getting on.
Your final grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction will be awarded at the end of the course.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

We also welcome applications from mature students who do not have the core entry requirements, but can provide evidence of their creativity, skills and experience. Please contact the Art and Design department for more information
Most students progress to relevant specialist university courses or move directly into a career within the creative industries.
Most theory and practical sessions take place in our large, open-planned, purpose-built studio, equipped with the latest white board technology.
We also have a specialist print making studio and a resources hub equipped with basic art and design materials as well as specialist equipment including cameras, sewing machines and sculptural equipment which can be loaned out.
In your second year you will have your own generous workspace to customise as you wish.
You will be charged £30 per term (£90 per year) studio fee.
You will need to provide your own Art kit with the basics to complete a course in Art e.g. Sketch books, watercolours etc. Details will be provided in a kit list sent to you prior to the start of your course.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.
Q: What happens if I need help with my assignments?
A: All learners are given regular 1:1 support from their lecturers. In addition, study hall/workshops are arranged throughout the year, these sessions will be used to support learners in completing assignments.

Q: Is the course delivered on every day of the week?
A: We make every effort to timetable over four days to enable students to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and work experience alongside their studies.

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