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L3 Foundation in Art & Design

This is a one year Diploma course, grounded in studio practice and aimed at those considering Higher Education studies in art and design.

We are still accepting applications for this academic year.

Our Art Foundation offers the chance to gain a BTEC 540 Diploma in Art and Design Practice and focuses on critical awareness, creative abilities, and building practical and theoretical skills.
Your hours spent in our well equipped studios will give you 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.

A student loan is available for this course.

Right click the links to download files: APPLICATION FORM BROCHURE

  • Who is it for?

    This yearlong accredited Art Foundation 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 meetings, 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 it cover?

    The Art Foundation course is a comprehensive program spanning three terms, designed to provide a well-rounded artistic experience.
    Term 1: Skill Development and Specialisation
    In the first term, you'll embark on a 12-week journey with a dedicated weekly Foundation class with the lead tutor. These sessions, held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, will cover the key aspects of the course, laying a solid foundation for your artistic growth.
    Alongside the Foundation class, you'll have the opportunity to choose five additional classes from our mainstream provision. This diverse offering allows you to explore and develop skills in areas such as Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Collage and Mixed Media, Fashion and Textiles, Digital Design and Photography, Sculpture and Ceramics, or Glass Arts and Jewellery.
    The first half of Term 1 will focus on honing your skills, while the latter half will allow you to delve into your chosen specialisation. Throughout this term, you'll continue to develop your drawing and painting abilities while maintaining an active sketchbook.
    Term 2: Continued Exploration and Growth
    In Term 2, you'll continue your artistic journey by attending the weekly Foundation class and selecting five additional classes from our mainstream provision. This term will provide you with the opportunity to further refine your skills and deepen your understanding of your chosen specialisation.
    Term 3: Personal Projects and Final Exhibition
    The third term is dedicated to personal projects, portfolio building, and the culmination of your Art Foundation experience ? the final exhibition. During this term, you'll have the freedom to explore your artistic vision and create a body of work that showcases your growth and unique perspective.
    Throughout the year, you'll have the opportunity to participate in gallery visits and receive one tutorial per term. These experiences will broaden your artistic horizons and provide valuable feedback to support your development.
    The year culminates with the Foundation show, where you'll gain hands-on experience in curating and hanging exhibitions, presenting your work to the public and celebrating your artistic achievements.
    Written Components
    In addition to the practical aspects of the course, you'll engage in written work and create an Artist's Statement in Term 3. These written components will help you articulate your artistic vision and provide context for your creations.
    By the end of the Art Foundation course, you'll have developed a well-rounded skillset, a deep understanding of your chosen specialisation, and a portfolio that reflects your artistic journey. This comprehensive program will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to pursue further artistic endeavors or embark on a career in the creative industries.

    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

  • What will it be like?

    This is an accredited course: good attendance, completing all your set briefs, presenting your work and developing a digital portfolio are mandatory. Students will need to submit digital images of their course work, to develop their digital portfolio and fulfil the learning criteria. Students' progress will be tracked and marked by the tutor according to the Assessment Criteria of the qualification. Each unit has its own assessment criteria, which will be covered by projects set for all Foundation students. These projects will be completed in a combination of Foundation class time, additional courses and during independent study time, giving all students an opportunity to achieve the best possible grade.
    A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including online teaching, practical workshops, seminars, individual and group tutorials.
    Assessment is carried out by the course leader at the end of each term, and Students will be required to submit work for assessment at various points throughout the course.
    At the beginning of term 2 you will receive an additional project brief which gives an opportunity to research a relevant topic and culminates in a timed element (where you will produce an art work in class time). At the end of the third term, Foundation students are supported to mount an exhibition of their final projects (and other chosen pieces), which takes place in the centre in July. This is a required part of the course, and will form part of the final assessment.
    To ensure that assessment is fair a selection of the completed and graded portfolios will be inspected by the college internal moderator and the standards verifier assigned by the awarding body.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    Some of the course content will be run via the zoom platform, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here: https://netprog.net/zoomus/zoom.us/pricing.htm

    You will need a microphone and camera and make sure you have a small space to work in during the session. By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera.
    The content of the lesson / tutorial may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes.


    You should expect to buy at least one A1 portfolio/folder and a selection of A5, A4 or A3 sketchbooks. You will also need a set of basic art materials - acrylic paints, brushes, colour pencils, pens, soft pastels etc which will vary according to your personal interests and development over the course.
    This is a part time course, but it demands a significant time commitment outside of dedicated class time. Learners should expect to do a minimum of 6 hours of independent study per week, to include working on personal projects, sketchbook work, visual and academic research, visiting museums and galleries and teamwork in collaboration with other Foundation students.

    Fees:
    If you decide to fund all or part of your studies with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan, your application will need to be submitted before the start of your studies.

    - Apply online to Student Finance England (SFE) or download an application form at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/how-to-apply

    - SFE will process your application and write to you to confirm if your application has been successful

    - SFE will pay the loan for your fee directly to your college or training organisation.

  • What could it lead to?

    The course will involve an exploration of options for further progression, with students guided individually according to their interests and skills as to their future possibilities. Students will be fully supported through the university application system where relevant. Students completing this course can expect to take the next step in their art & design career, with the following options being the most likely progression routes:
    1. Progress to BA, MA or HND in art or design subjects
    2. Self employment as an arts or design practitioner
    3. Continue professional development with other specialised courses, for example Advanced Creative Practice at the MWC
    4. Apply for arts related employment
    There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

Available Courses

L3 Foundation in Art & Design

This is a one year Diploma course, grounded in studio practice and aimed at those considering Higher Education studies in art and design.

We are still accepting applications for this academic year.

Our Art Foundation offers the chance to gain a BTEC 540 Diploma in Art and Design Practice and focuses on critical awareness, creative abilities, and building practical and theoretical skills.
Your hours spent in our well equipped studios will give you 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.

A student loan is available for this course.

Right click the links to download files: APPLICATION FORM BROCHURE

26 September 2024 – 03 July 2025
Thursday, 17:30 to 21:30
Course Code:1001
£5421 / £5421
34 Meetings
High Street, Stratford

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L2 Pre-Foundation Art and Design

Are you ready to take your art to the next level? Then this course is for you.
Develop your own practice or prepare a portfolio for Foundation or HND. Some students progress directly to BA and Masters. You will work towards a NCFE Level 2 certificate.

Applications are still being taken for this academic year - complete a form (below) and send it to rahul.miah@marywardcentre.ac.uk

Right click the links to download files: APPLICATION FORM BROCHURE

25 October 2024 – 04 July 2025
Friday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1000
£2200 / £750 / £0
30 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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For more information contact Rahul, the departmental administrator at rahul.miah@marywardcentre.ac.uk

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