Foundation Year in Design

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In order to qualify for a degree program, many students must complete a foundation year. If your high school credentials do not match the prerequisites of your intended program of study, a foundation year will serve to close the educational gap and introduce you to the professional industry.

What is a foundation year in design? A foundation year in design prepares students for degree programs in design and begins laying the foundations for a professionally functional creative process. Scholars develop creative skills sets in a range of mediums through short projects. They study the history of design and art as well as research contemporary artists. Students will create content for their portfolios and gain greater insight into the demands of their intended degree program.

The foundation year is an extra year of instruction that gives students all the basic knowledge needed to successfully complete a design degree. Scholars can close their educational gaps and give themselves a head start in their design coursework.

The total cost of a foundation year will depend on the focus of the program, type of instruction and education institution. Some students choose to cut costs with online-based coursework; although, some classes may require in-class instruction.

After a foundation year in design, student will usually move on to a design degree at the same educational facility. Following completion of a design degree, graduates can find work in many niches depending on their coursework specializations and portfolio contents. Many former scholars gain employment in artist capacities at marketing or advertising agencies. Additionally, more and more students are heading into computer and app content design work.

If you are interested in a foundation year in design, many online options are available in accessible online formats. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Level 3

Kensington and Chelsea College
Campus Full time Part time 35 weeks August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Are you thinking of doing a Foundation course and would like the opportunity to try out specialist Design subject areas? At the Kensington Centre we offer a specialist Design pathway which includes all the general art and design studies such as [+]

Best Course Studies in Design 2017. Course Overview Are you thinking of doing a Foundation course and would like the opportunity to try out specialist Design subject areas? At the Kensington Centre we offer a specialist Design pathway which includes all the general art and design studies such as drawing, painting, idea development and research, but with the added benefit of being able to work in Graphics, Interior Design, Ceramics, Jewellery and Glass disciplines. You are taught by specialist tutors with industry experience. This challenging one year course will give you the knowledge, breadth, vocational skills and intensive preparation required to produce a high quality portfolio of work, with which to compete for a place on a wide variety of specialized university courses in Art & Design. The diagnostic nature of the Foundation course will help you to discover, and develop your strengths when selecting your preferred pathway of specialization. Contextual studies are integrated and you will be required to produce some written work. Study support and Level 2 English and Maths are available to study in tandem, if required. The course allows you to develop individuality, experiment with new ways of creative and visual thinking, explore the breadth of possibilities within art and design in two and three dimensions and pursue a sustained investigation into your chosen area. [-]

Undergraduate Individual Study Abroad

Burren College of Art
Campus Full time September 2017 Ireland Galway

Studying abroad helps you develop new perspectives on who you are as an artist, and to see your art and yourself through new eyes. BCA offers a transformative experience for the emerging artist, stripping away the noise, clutter and distraction of everyday urban life to allow for a greater exploration of creativity. [+]

If you are ready to step away from the mainstream art school experience, then welcome to the Burren College of Art. Studying abroad helps you develop new perspectives on who you are as an artist, and to see your art and yourself through new eyes. BCA offers a transformative experience for the emerging artist, stripping away the noise, clutter and distraction of everyday urban life to allow for a greater exploration of creativity. With a maximum college enrollment of 55 students, the intimate community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, artists-in-residents and visiting artists creates an exciting platform for discussion, artistic collaboration and cross-disciplinary exchanges. Students are assigned their own studio space for the duration of their programme, to which they have access 24/7. Our courses are delivered both in-studio, on a tutorial basis or as group courses. Tutorial courses are taught through scheduled 1-to-1 contact in a students own studio, supplemented by regular scheduled group presentations, discussions and critiques. Group courses are taught as a unified class, with all students present with the tutor at the same time, along with individual advising sessions. Students normally take 5 courses during the semester, each carrying 3 credits. There is a diverse array of courses from which to choose in the areas of Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, as well as adjunct courses such as Mixed Media, Art in Context and Live Art. We also offer non-studio courses in Art History, Creative Writing and Irish Studies; an essential element of a semester abroad... [-]

University of Ulster Foundation Degree Sustainable Design

South Eastern Regional College
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bangor

This two year full-time programme is awarded by Ulster University. It has been designed for people who are interested in a career in Architectural Technology and require a Foundation Degree to progress to higher academic qualifications and/or to enhance employment prospects. [+]

Best Course Studies in Design 2017. The current course is currently under revalidation with the Ulster University. As such, the content of the programme may be subject to change to reflect current industry need and practice starting in September 2017. More detail will be available on successful completion of the revalidation process. This two year full-time programme is awarded by Ulster University. It has been designed for people who are interested in a career in Architectural Technology and require a Foundation Degree to progress to higher academic qualifications and/or to enhance employment prospects. The course focuses on the technical aspects of building design and construction. This includes the need for an innovative and sustainable design approach in terms of environment, economic and social impacts. Architectural Technologists develop the conceptual design through to construction ensuring buildings are well design and detailed, whilst functional and energy efficient. Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week, per semester. Additional hours may be required due to seminars, site visits or practical activities. This course requires additional study out of the delivery hours. This is supported by the use of a Virtual Learning Environment and access to required software for free. Students are required to work and manage their workload around the course, it is envisaged that students should apply approximately 15 hours independent study time per week. This course is delivered by qualified staff with a relevant Construction based qualification as well as industrial experience. MANDATORY MODULES Modules... [-]

3D Animation and Games Development Level 3

Llandrillo Menai International
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Rhôs-on-Sea Llangefni + 1 more

This course gives you practical knowledge in a range of areas, and introduces tools and techniques used in the media industry. You will focus on 3D design and games, but the skills you develop will be applicable to a wide variety of media careers. [+]

3D Animation and Games Development Level 3 Media Production & Games Development In addition to our Computing courses, we offer a wide range of Media Production & Games Development courses, including degrees, at our campuses across North Wales. These courses offer learning opportunities in areas such as web design, animation, games design, TV and film, as well as live projects with local industry. Is this course right for me? Would you like a challenging career in the games and new media industry? Are you looking to develop valuable IT skills and progress to university? This course gives you practical knowledge in a range of areas, and introduces tools and techniques used in the media industry. You will focus on 3D design and games, but the skills you develop will be applicable to a wide variety of media careers. The course is ideal if you are hoping to progress onto a university course in gaming, media, graphic design, computing, IT or computer science. It also prepares you for a career in the media industry, letting you experience professional software and methods. You will develop important business skills, such as managing projects, working with a client, completing freelance jobs and utilising portfolios. Portfolios are essential in the media industry, and you will be able to display all your work when you are looking for freelance jobs or professional positions. Entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above; or Relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit grade Places on the programme are subject... [-]

Foundation Course

City & Guilds of London Art School
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

The City & Guilds of London Art School is an approved centre for the UAL Awarding Body, Level 4, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. There are many fulfilling and exciting careers in art and design, and our fast-paced and intensive Foundation course offers a focused, inspiring and memorable year which will thoroughly prepare you for further study or professional practice. [+]

Best Course Studies in Design 2017. The City & Guilds of London Art School is an approved centre for the UAL Awarding Body, Level 4, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. There are many fulfilling and exciting careers in art and design, and our fast-paced and intensive Foundation course offers a focused, inspiring and memorable year which will thoroughly prepare you for further study or professional practice. The completion of a Foundation Course is a prerequisite for most BA art and design courses in the UK. Our aim is to go further than simply help you prepare for an interview – we set out to help you develop the skills you need to go on to be the leading artists and designers of the future. Whether you intend to make an application for a BA course in these subjects, explore a personal interest or take the first step on a career, with this course you will be making an important investment in your future. You will be introduced to a wide range of creative subjects, with the time, space and expert teaching you need to experiment and evolve your ideas and your conceptual and practical skills. Following carefully structured projects and taught workshops you will be supported to progressively take greater control of your own learning and identify your own specialist direction. Due to our high ratio of staff to students and our motivating and supportive studio environment we are able to tailor the course to your specific interests. The... [-]

International Foundation Programme in Art

DLD College London
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

The Art Foundation Programme is for advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio to progress onto Higher Education. This course is normally a requirement for entry to BA (Hons) degree programmes at prestigious art schools. [+]

What is the Art Foundation Programme? The Art Foundation Programme is for advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio to progress onto Higher Education. This course is normally a requirement for entry to BA (Hons) degree programmes at prestigious art schools. It gives you the opportunity to explore your creative potential and specialist area of study. The Foundation Diploma is a 1-year practical, creative and intensive course. The course is diagnostic in approach, enabling students to explore a wide range of specialist areas before deciding on a future direction within the subject. Students find this course exciting challenging and rewarding. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career and are interested in the art and design world, this could be the course for you! Key Course Features: Qualification: Level 4 Diploma Accreditation: Pearson Level: 4 Mode: Full-time Duration: 1 year Who is the course for? Advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio in order to progress to higher education. You may be thinking of a career in Art and Design but unsure of what possible directions you could take. You may feel you haven’t really tried out many areas of Art and Design. You might be unclear about the contents of the portfolio required when applying for a degree course. Our foundation course is designed to answer your creative questions, help you make the right choices and reach your potential. It will give you confidence, practical skills and the theoretical understanding to take the... [-]

Foundation in Art and Design

London College of Contemporary Arts
Campus Full time 9 months January 2018 United Kingdom London

The Foundation Art and Design programme provides students with a valuable introduction into a wide range of creative disciplines. [+]

Best Course Studies in Design 2017. Foundation in Art and Design The Foundation Art and Design programme provides students with a valuable introduction into a wide range of creative disciplines. Student will have the opportunity to explore a field of interest in more depth, developing their skills, knowledge and preparing them for further education/career opportunities worlds of art and fashion. This programme will be taught in partnership with LSBF academic faculty. It is accredited by Edexcel, the UK's largest awarding body and it offers high quality, professional and innovative programmes, widely known and respected by employers. Course Requirements 1. Minimum age: UK/EU students - 16 years old, International students - 18 years old 2. Qualification: Three GCSE passes (C or Above) / One A Level (Grade E or above), OR Advanced GCE in Applied Art and Design / AS GCE in Art and Design 3. English Proficiency: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent (with one component at 4.5) 4. Alternative: For mature students with few or no formal qualifications must apply with details of age, work experience, including any voluntary work and any other relevant experience gained since leaving school. Portfolio of work relevant to the area of study [-]

Foundation Art and Design

Wiltshire College
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Salisbury Chippenham Trowbridge + 2 more

The Art and Design Foundation has been running for over 50 years and is recognised by the best UK Art and Design institutes with students progressing on to some of these every year. Students are provided with permanent workstations in a well-lit, purpose built studio with access to excellent specialist workshops for 3D work, ceramics, printmaking, photography and computer work... [+]

Foundation Art and Design The Art and Design Foundation has been running for over 50 years and is recognised by the best UK Art and Design institutes with students progressing on to some of these every year. Students are provided with permanent workstations in a well-lit, purpose built studio with access to excellent specialist workshops for 3D work, ceramics, printmaking, photography and computer work. Regular tutorials are an important part of the programme allowing tutors to work with students to focus on their coursework and help to identify their strengths and future progression. During both the autumn and spring terms there are organised visits to see galleries and exhibitions in London. Course structure The one year foundation consists of 7 mandatory units covering a whole range of art and design, including drawing, painting, basic design, surface and colour, 3D studies, print making, photography, digital media and art and design history. The first part of this course is 'diagnostic'; students explore a wide range of media and methods and are then able to diagnose which area fits their abilities and aspirations. At Christmas students choose to specialise in one of four broad areas for the remainder of the course: 3D Design and Craft, Fashion and Textiles, Visual Communications or Fine Art. Students often choose areas which they had not previously anticipated and students who studied Art at A Level often become designers. Units Autumn Term Unit 1 - Research Record and Respond Unit 2 - Media Experimentation Unit 3 - Preparation... [-]

International Art and Design Foundation

University of Sunderland
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Sunderland London + 1 more

This course is aimed at students who speak English as a second or other language, and who want to combine English language tuition with studying Art and Design. The course allows you to [+]

Best Course Studies in Design 2017. This course is aimed at students who speak English as a second or other language, and who want to combine English language tuition with studying Art and Design. The course allows you to explore a range of creative areas, from which you will choose one subject to study at degree level. At the end of the course you will move on to the degree course of your choice, either here at the University of Sunderland or at another university. The course is split into three stages. In the first stage, you will develop a broad understanding of the creative process through short projects in pathways such as: fine art, animation, visual communication, glass and ceramics, 3D design, fashion and textiles, and lens-based media. In the second and third stages you will choose one of these pathways and undertake longer project work. This will allow you to consolidate your learning and to build up a portfolio of work that you can show when you apply for a degree course. During all three stages you will receive tuition in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Our aim is that you will achieve at least an IELTS 6.0, which will allow you to undertake a degree course at an English-speaking university. Scholarships and discounts If you have an IELTS score of 5.5 or above you will receive an excellence scholarship of £850. There is also a £1,500 fee waiver scholarship automatically applied to this programme, so your tuition... [-]

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Leeds College of Art
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This nationally respected intensive one year programme is designed to prepare you for the degree course of your choice: our students are very highly regarded by the most prestigious art schools, nationally and internationally, 96% of our students go on to study at degree level and then [+]

Foundation Diploma in Art & DesignThis nationally respected intensive one year programmeis designed to prepare you for the degree course of yourchoice: our students are very highly regarded by the mostprestigious art schools, nationally and internationally, 96%of our students go on to study at degree level and thenon to high-flying careers in a wide range of disciplines. Weemphasis problem solving and critical thinking; you’ll developa clear understanding of who you are as a practitioner andbe empowered to have informed opinions-and to get themheard.

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