Apply now for the MWC Foundation in Art and Design

Apply now for the MWC Foundation in Art and Design 2020/21

This accredited course (BTEC Level 3 National 540 Diploma) is aimed at those who are considering Further or Higher Education studies in art and design, those who are considering a career in the visual arts or those wishing to advance their art and design practice in a structured environment with professional guidance. You should have some experience of art and design already, and entry to the course is dependent on a short informal interview in which you will be expected to present a portfolio of work. Previous students have gone on to study in higher education.

This is a one year blended course, grounded in studio practice with some online delivery, starting on 1st October 2020.

Application process: Fill in the online application and book into our online interviews.
20th and 21st August, 9th and 10th September Application Form

Our BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a one-year course that focuses on critical awareness, creative abilities, and building practical and theoretical skills.

The qualification offers learners the opportunity to experiment widely and take creative risks in order to develop a broad portfolio of work and professional behaviours required for progression. It also provides opportunities to develop art, design and media skills over the course of study through a process of self-direction, reflective practice and communication, which are key skills for progression to higher education and personal development as an artist. These requirements mean that learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are demanded by universities and employers.

Develop your own practice or prepare a portfolio for BA or MA. BTEC Level 3 Certificate.
This course can be paid by  instalments and is eligible for a student loan.

This accredited course (BTEC Level 3 National 540 Diploma) is aimed at those who are considering Further or Higher Education studies in art and design, those who are considering a career in the visual arts or those wishing to advance their art and design practice in a structured environment with professional guidance. You should have some experience of art and design already, and entry to the course is dependent on a short informal interview in which you will be expected to present a portfolio of work.

You will need a computer/ tablet and internet accessibility to be able to use Zoom for some classes, and attend tutorials and feedback sessions. Students will also need to be able to use digital technology for researching, responding to briefs, short essays, organising and presenting images for their portfolio and producing short videos. Some training can be provided to help you with this, but you will need some digital literacy.

What does this course cover

The course is delivered over 3 terms from 1st October 2020 -25th July 2021.

In each term there will be 12 weeks of dedicated weekly Foundation class with the lead tutor in the studio on Thursday evening, in which students will cover the key aspects of the course. This will be followed by Online critical studies and guest lectures on Friday evenings. Students will also have 3 Weekends of Intensive Studio practice each term and two online one to one tutorials with the lead tutor.

The year culminates with a final exhibition in July, giving students a chance to gain experience of curating and hanging exhibitions.

Key Subject areas will be research and critical studies, 2D visual skills, moving into 3D. Digital skills, performance, lens-based media (introduction to video art and animation).

All work will be delivered as part of project briefs and modules, which will include two short essays (Term 1,2) and Artists Statement (Term 3)

In term 1 the focus will be on 2D skills development, digital knowledge and animation.
Term 2 will move into 3D, performance and video art, final presentation and assessment of work.
Term 3 is dedicated to personal projects, building portfolio and the final exhibition.

What students should be able to do by the end of the course.

I. Enter Further or Higher Education courses in Art & Design subjects, where applicable
II. Complete their own visual research
III. Develop their own visual language and creative practice
IV. Express an understanding of their position within the context of contemporary art and design
V. Reflect on their own progress and creative practice
VI. Create, manage and complete and individually chosen project