Havant Sixth Form College

Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Pre-degree foundation diploma: Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Why study Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma in Art & Design ?

The Foundation Diploma is a great programme to study post A Level or BTEC Diploma, if you aim to study art and design at university. It’s a hands-on, practical course, assessed continually through coursework with lots of opportunities to try new things, develop your technical skills and discover what inspires you as an artist.

What will I study?

The course comprises three stages: exploratory, pathway and confirmatory. You will be able to specialise in your chosen area of art and design through the ‘pathway’ stage, and negotiate your own brief as the focus of your ‘final major project’. At the end of your course, you will be required to hang your own exhibition of work, before your course culminates with a high profile public exhibition in July. A strength of the course is your individual development whilst working with specialised, practising artists/teachers who actively seek to promote excellence and quality in art and design. This programme will prepare you for entry into the country’s top art and design Higher Education institutions.

How will I be assessed?

This will be through practical projects across ‘Exploratory’ & ‘Pathway’ stages of the course, alongside a final major project of your choice in your intended specialism. We normally look for successful completion of art & design related A Levels, or a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma. At interview, you will be required to discuss your portfolio of work with one of the art teachers.

What are the entry requirements?

The normal entry requirements for the one year Pre-Degree programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, two A Levels which must include an art or design based specialism, or a BTEC Extended Diploma with a Merit profile. You’ll be asked to show us your portfolio of work at interview.

What Havant adds to this

As a full time student you will have your own base area in a purpose built studio and access to an extensive range of specialist workshops. You’ll work with practicing artists and have the opportunity to travel abroad to visit galleries and research ideas. There will be opportunities to exhibit your work at various stages of the course culminating in a final exhibition which will be open to the public. Extensive one-to-one portfolio building and UCAS application support is given to all students. This includes supported personal statement writing, extended practical tasks for folder development and application tracking.

Your destinations with this course

Students have progressed on to a wide variety of specialist art & design courses in Higher Education.


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