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About the course

A course for post-A Level and mature students wishing to further develop skills, confidence and specialist portfolios for university application. This is a demanding course, primarily focused on preparing students for Higher Education at University. West Suffolk College is affiliated with UAL (University Arts London) which includes the main art colleges in London. The course delivers a broad range of creative, technical and professional skills. As the course develops students begin to specialise in their own creative pathways. This is an incredibly successful course. Last academic year, 30 per cent of the students achieved the prestigious 'distinction' as a final grade - this is double the national average for this course!

Entry requirements

Applicants require A level/s or a Level Three qualification. In the case of mature students, entry qualifications may be waived. Entry is then by portfolio interview. Applicants will need to be able to self-manage and will need a mature and responsible outlook, as much of the delivery will require them to work with a high degree of skill.

Qualifications

Successful students achieve the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

What you'll learn (core modules)

This course is fast, challenging and extremely rewarding. Work from the course was exhibited as part of the 'Best of the Best' art colleges work in London. The course has a variety of visiting professional artists. This course will introduce students to the exciting variety of opportunities available within Art and Design, enabling them to make a choice about future progression. In term one, students are introduced to fine art, illustration, graphic design, fashion/textiles and 3D design. After this, students then specialise in their area of strength and interest for the remaining two terms. There is an opportunity to participate in a foreign residential trip - Berlin in 2016 and Rome/New York in 2017. In term three, students undertake a self-directed 'Final Major Project'. This is a truly self-defining course that prepares students for entry into the very best universities in the UK and overseas.

See some of the work our students have created on behance.net.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

In the School of Art and Design we have a culture of outstanding standards. All courses require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines is critical to success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do.

 

How will I be assessed

There are no 'exams' for any of our qualifications within the School of Art and Design. Assessment is of presentation of the set assignments by the different lecturers. 1-1 recorded feedback and targets are given at key milestones. All work is assessed and verified internally. The Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. At Level 3 all qualifications provide relevant UCAS points for university entry.

How will I be assessed?

There are no 'exams' for any of our qualifications within the School of Art and Design. Assessment is of presentation of the set assignments by the different lecturers. 1-1 recorded feedback and targets are given at key milestones. All work is assessed and verified internally. The Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. At Level 3 all qualifications provide relevant UCAS points for university entry.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

All aspects of the timetable are delivered in Leonardo House - a purpose-built Art School on the Bury St. Edmunds campus. Lessons are within specialist studios and workshops. These include 3D workshops, laser cutting/3D printing suite, fashion studios, a darkroom, photographic studios, ceramics workshop, drawing rooms, printmaking studio, interior design studio and 4 Apple Mac suites with over 120 I-Macs and 40 MacBooks.

Where will the course take me?

Students on this course have a great record of progressing to university degree courses and employment. The UAL Level 3 qualifications all carry the same UCAS points as equivalent A-levels. Art universities respond incredibly favourably to Extended Diplomas as they know that they have been delivered within a specialist Art School environment with specialist Lecturers.

Last year, 82 per cent of students progressed to university and 18 per cent were successful in finding employment. Students who decide not to progress to university generally undertake trainee employment positions within the creative industries. We have an outstanding track record of our students having amazing careers and fulfilling their dreams.

Successful students progressing from our Level 3 courses will be guaranteed an offer on the BA (hons) Graphic Design and Communication or BA (hons) Applied Interior Design here at The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Students will need a range of basic art and design equipment and a portfolio (the size of this will be confirmed on the course). Trips and visits will be an additional cost that is payable at the start of the course.

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