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What background and qualifications do you need to apply? The standard requirements for entry to this course are: A L3 Qualification and English or Maths at GCSE Grade 4 or above (HE applicants require English Language IELTS level 5.0 or above, with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.) tbc Other relevant and equivalent qualifications are considered on an individual basis. If you are under 19 and are yet to achieve your GCSE English or maths at grade 4 you will be provided with the opportunity to study these. All students are requested to attend an interview with a strong portfolio of current work including drawings, sketchbooks, 3D work, photography or any other design work that demonstrates: Research, draughtsmanship, creative thinking and problem-solving skills. interest in art, design or related subjects including textiles or photography. We are looking for students with a passion for art and design and an interest in progressing onto higher education. We receive applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, nationalities, and ages, with both UK or equivalent qualifications and experiences.
This is a challenging but rewarding and enjoyable course, for many the most memorable of their art school experience. It will be collaborative, it will be varied with a range of activities and the opportunity to discover new practices, techniques and materials to extend your skills and confidence. You will be immersed in your practice and working towards your goal of achieving a place at university to progress your practice in art & design. You may have an idea what you will study at HE but that may change, the role of the Foundation course is to discover. We have high expectations, so should you and we will expect you to put in the hours and do your best. Students are recommended to use the studio for private study and to extend their work ready for interview within the second term. Access to the studio is available during the evening until 9 p.m.
You will be given a comprehensive materials list and other information to prepare you for the course and start of term after the interview stage. You will need enthusiasm, discipline and a commitment to achieve.
You will have access to 24 -7 learning with a blend of in college practical activities and workshops supported by dynamic online resources via Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. Your learning is further enriched with a range of site visits across London specifically for project research, and gallery visits to contrast and contextualise your study. Projects are designed to develop practical skills, planning, conceptual and idea development and recording independent thought and reflection. Abilities required to progress to degree courses, apprenticeships, work experience, internships, voluntary or entry level roles within the art & design industry. Assessment Methods: Assessments can be a very positive experience for both staff and students, in that their main aim is to highlight your progress, evaluate strengths and weaknesses and give you feedback. Often gaps in your portfolio and recurring weaknesses can be spotted and action taken to improve them. Assessments are not exams – they are part of your learning and development process. Assessment Methods include:
• Studio based group criticisms
• Group and individual tutorials
• Student presentations
• Portfolio presentation and exhibition