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L2 Pre-Foundation Art and Design

We are now taking applications for September 2019.
Develop your own practice or prepare a portfolio for Foundation or HND. Some students progress directly to BA and Masters. NCFE Level 2 certificate. This course can be paid in instalments.

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Who is this course for

Preparation for Foundation, FDA or HND. Some students progress directly to BA./MA (NCFE Accreditation).
This course is for those ready for a year long accredited course, with some experience of Art and Design who wish to develop their skills and understanding to level 2. It is suitable for those wanting to produce a portfolio of work for Foundation, HND & Foundation Degree application.

What does this course cover

The course offers teaching in the main Fine -Art subject areas of Drawing and Painting, Print and Sculpture. Course content aims to develop your skills and creative ideas in these areas and will help you to produce a broad Fine Arts portfolio. It also offers you the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification: L2 Certificate in Art, Design & Creative Studies.

The course workshops run over two terms from September 2014 to April 2015. You will need to attend from 10.00-17.00 on Fridays. The course continues into term 3, when Pre Foundation students exhibit their work at the Mary Ward Centre, present their work and attend individual tutorials to complete the course assessment. Additional dates to be supplied.
Each Friday there will be structured teaching, supported by studio time to develop your practical work. You will also be given personal tutorials each term and regular assessments and feedback sessions on your progress.

You will work on structured projects/briefs in the areas of drawing, painting, print and sculpture. In the first term these projects aim to give you an introduction to each area as well and developing your research and creative processes. During the second term you will have the opportunity to explore your creative practice in greater depth.

Students will have a sound grounding in creative process techniques and increased confidence to use a broad range of skills as they explore individual visualizations. Students will build sketchbook/s notes, drawing, research and ideas development, to show the working methods that inform their projects.

What will it be like

Students will be introduced to each subject area; drawing, painting, print, sculpture. Through practical demonstrations, hands-on exercises and briefs, you will develop themes and variations, as well as 'final' works using the skills you have learnt. One-to-one tutorials and teaching. Group review sessions

The course is accredited by an external awarding body (NCFE). During the course you will work on five units, with clear aims and outcomes to be achieved. You will be assessed through group and one to one tutorials, self assessments and formal assessments. You will be assessed against the aims and outcomes of the unit throughout the course, with a final assessment at the end of the course. Throughout the course you will receive support, advice and guidance on your progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students will need a sketch book and a selection of general art materials for the course, costing approximately £35. Many materials will be provided for testing ideas and the first stage of learning new skills, but students will also need to supply their own materials for their additional and personal projects as the course develops. The cost will depend on the students chosen project.
You will be expected to further develop your creative practice outside the course. In addition to structured sessions on Fridays, you will be set homework to be completed each week. This will help you to complete the projects set and may include some written work. You should allow at least one additional day a week for this.

Research is understood to be a very important part of creative practice. Alongside the practical teaching we will help develop your research and project developments skills. You will be required to research artists and styles, and encouraged to visit exhibitions. This will help you develop a broad understanding of contemporary and historical Fine Art Practice.

What this course could lead to

Students will be advised on their possible future pathways during the course. This course is designed to progress the student on to the next level, if appropriate and required. Some of the main options are:
* Foundation Course at the Mary Ward Centre
* Foundation Course in another Education establishment
* Degree course
* MA course
* Short courses at the Mary Ward Centre or Short courses at another Education establishment

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This course is accredited


This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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