Coleg Y Cymoedd

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design

Introduction


The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is one of the strongest, most distinctive, and successful programmes in the country.

Our core values are: to be professional, inspiring, responsive, and creative.

Students develop skills and portfolios required to undertake degree programmes in art and design.

The creative projects studied allow students to experience a range of materials, processes, creative ideas, and technologies. This enables them to successfully identify and explore degree choices.  

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How much will it cost?

Drum roll......absolutely nothing apart from a £30 registration fee, there are no tuition fees for this course.

Course Details

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is one of the strongest, most distinctive, and successful programmes in the country.

Our core values are: to be professional, inspiring, responsive, and creative.

Students develop skills and portfolios required to undertake degree programmes in art and design. The creative projects studied allow students to experience a range of materials, processes, creative ideas, and technologies. This enables them to successfully identify and explore degree choices.

Entry requirements

1 A level or equivalent vocational qualification

Mature learner applications are welcome. Applicants who are short-listed will be subject to a portfolio interview. Please be aware that learners who wish to progress to an undergraduate course at many Universities will be required to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language.

How much will it cost?

Drum roll......absolutely nothing apart from a £30 registration fee, there are no tuition fees for this course.

What will I study?

Designed around three distinct stages of development, this dynamic art and design course begins with broad ‘taster’ of studies allowing you to experience a variety of art & design specialism. Accumulation of skills and knowledge acquired lead to a final major project and end of year publically viewed exhibition.

You will be encouraged to develop a rich visual language and emphasis is on analysis, creativity and experimentation. The art and design foundation course also aims to develop your practical and critical awareness of the contemporary visual world and related contexts. The Diploma in Art and Design, is taught through a variety of lectures, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations and guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to travel overseas on a city visit, and make regular trips to museums and galleries in the UK. The course culminates with an end-of-year student exhibition that is open to representatives from art and design industries, schools and the public.

Stage One (Exploratory Stage) Exploratory stage introducing core elements of art and design. These include Media Techniques and Processes, Diagnostic Drawing Projects, Research Techniques, Photography, Design Studies, Digital Media and Making and Construction.

Stage 2 (Developing Specialist Practice) The second stage allows students to be introduced to a wide range of different types of art & design. Students are challenged to think creatively as they are encouraged to overlap and incorporate different aspects of art and design to produce innovative work. Options include: 3D Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration, Animation, Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles. Stage 3 (Confirmatory Stage) In the final stage, you will continue to focus on a specialist area as you work towards a final year exhibition. This extended period of self-directed work will require your use of skills, knowledge and experiences developed throughout the course. You will complete a Final Project and an End of Year Exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment throughout the course is by portfolio. There are formal assessments at the end of each stage.

Career Opportunities and Progression

By the end of this course you will be equipped with an impressive set of qualities that are highly sought after by employers, many of whom you might not necessarily relate to art and design. The course will help you demonstrate a number of competencies and transferable skills including the ability to work independently, organisation and planning, self-motivation and self management, and visual presentation (to name but a few). Learners who successfully complete all parts of the course will be awarded a Diploma in Art and Design. Whilst this is a valuable qualification in its own right and will provide you with excellent employment prospects, you can also apply for a HND or BA (Hons) degree course at university or a teacher training course. Due to the progressive nature of the course many ex-learners have continued onto prestigious undergraduate art and design degrees. Many also opt to undertake teacher training courses and continue to spread their good practice and enthusiasm for art and design.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is the course moving to Coleg y Cymoedd?

The University of South Wales has decided to focus its activity on teaching Higher Education (Level 4+) courses.  As a result, the University explored the future of Foundation Art and Design provision, an FE level course increasingly taught in FE colleges, with our local partner colleges. Coleg y Cymoedd elected to begin delivery of the Foundation Art and Design course at its Nantgarw Campus from September 2016.

Q: What is the application process?

If you’re applying to the course for September 2016, it’s going to be exactly the same course but the location’s going to be at Coleg y Cymoedd’s great new campus in Nantgarw. You can apply directly to Coleg y Cymoedd by visiting the College website and completing an online application form.  Further details are available online at: www.cymoedd.ac.uk

Q: Will I be interviewed? Where?

Once you’ve submitted your application, you will be contacted by Coleg y Cymoedd with further details regarding your interview. The College intends to continue to hold interviews at the University’s Treforest Campus, where teaching staff will remain until September 2016. Don’t worry though, we’ll stay in contact with you so that you know exactly where and when your interview will take place.

Q:  What are the facilities like at Coleg y Cymoedd and what are the benefits of studying there?

Coleg y Cymoedd has a recently built, bespoke Art and Design centre. The Centre houses state of the art equipment and facilities. The Foundation course will be moving into a new purpose designed area.

Q: Will I be able to progress onto a University of South Wales degree?

You’ll still have the same opportunities to progress on study a creative programme at the University. Courses include BA courses in Art, Design and Media at the Treforest and Cardiff Atrium campuses.

Coleg y Cymoedd works in partnership with the University on a number of foundation degree and honours degree courses. You’ll have the option to remain at Coleg y Cymoedd to study a franchised degree. Places on these courses are guaranteed to Foundation Students attaining a Merit Grade, and a welcome interview.

Learners can indeed apply to other national and international courses.

Q: Will I be able to live in University accommodation?

You’ll still be able to apply to live in the University’s Halls of Residence based in Treforest. The University’s Accommodation Services welcome students studying at our partner colleges. Once the College has made you an offer to study, simply contact the University’s Accommodation Services by email on accom@southwales.ac.uk or telephone 01443 482044. It’s recommended that you apply for accommodation between March and June 2016.

Q:  Who can advise me about student finance?

The College Learner Services team will be able to advise on financial matters.

Q: What if I need support?

The College Learner Services Team will be able to discuss any support available for disabilities and learning difficulties and indeed other needs.

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