The University of the Arts London Awarding Body Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies is a pivotal qualification which provides a transition from general education to specialist art and design education enabling the student to make an informed decision when applying to art and design higher education or seeking employment within a related industry. The programme therefore builds on students’ prior experience linking skills already acquired with ideas and challenges which will extend the students’ critical independence and enable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards to achieve progression to Higher Education or a career of their choice. Read our blog post Why Invest in an Art and Design course at Edinburgh College.
You will develop your confidence in working independently and will be encouraged to not only develop concepts but to link these with practical skills in four main specialist areas of art and design namely: drawing and painting sculpture and 3D visual communication and fashion and textiles. You will explore think and evaluate to help you gain an intellectual curiosity and critical awareness of the contemporary visual world. This experimental way of thinking is essential for you to succeed in this exciting creative industry. The course will really push you to develop through innovative and inspiring teaching and you will be taught by experienced successful professionals. You will also have the rewarding experience of an end of year exhibition to showcase your work.
Its the perfect platform for you to build the portfolio of creative work you need to progress to degree-level studies in a chosen art and design specialism which will enhance your prospects even further. Progression from this course is strong into 1st and 2nd year Degree-level studies in art and design across the UK.
Edinburgh College`s Art & Design department has 17% more Distinctions above the National average for this course.
- Learning Skills and Context
- The importance of drawing in the creative process and introduction to specialist areas of art and design
- Development and Progression
- Students specialise in 2 of the areas whilst preparing for UCAS applications
- Proposal and Realisation
- Final Major Project in one of the four chosen art and design specialisms.
- London Study trip
- Diploma exhibition
Number of Days per week:
- A minimum of 1 Higher in a related subject
- Four N5 including Art and Design and English
- BTEC or UAL level 3 Diploma or NC SCQF level 5 or 6 in a related subject
- Successful portfolio submission
- Progress straight into employment within the art and design sector at an intermediary level
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
- All applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sound drawing skills and an understanding of the creative process in sketchbooks and larger scale imagery. Potential applicants should take note that the selection decision and emphasis is based on the portfolio assessment and interview rather than only on specific qualification grades. You’ll need to consider that we may ask you questions at interview about your knowledge of artists and designers work and what areas of art and design you are interested in and why. Essentially we want to know more about you and what makes you ‘tick’ creatively. In order to fully gauge your creativity we will not only offer you an interview but will ask you to make a portfolio submission of your recent practical and contextual art and design work. Portfolios could include loose drawings prints paintings design work or photographs drop mounted on A1 white cartridge paper. 3D or larger scale work can either be photographed and drop mounted on A1 white cartridge or if a suitable scale brought to interview. Try to include a variety of work that shows your creative potential and imagination as well as sound drawing skills. Strong portfolios usually include sketchbooks showing visual research and development using a wide variety of media and approaches. We encourage candidates to include historical and contextual references in the form of notebooks and formal essays. Please ensure all bookwork and essays are clearly labelled with your name and contact details. Potential candidates studying school qualifications in art and design (such as Highers A-Level) are strongly advised to either scan or photograph your course work before it is submitted for external examination as we can only offer places after seeing your practical artwork at interview. Candidates who have applied through UCAS are also advised to include your UCAS personal statement to enhance your folio submission. This can be handed in with the portfolio at interview or within the information in support of your application section online. Digital based work can be shown via disc memory stick or online at interview. Candidates should present your work in a suitable A1 portfolio case clearly labelled with your name and address on the outside. Simple A1 folios can be made out of card - please do not submit work rolled up. If you do not have a portfolio of work from either school or personal study we have introductory courses for example UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design that are ideal to help you build up a portfolio that is suitable for progressing onto higher level courses the following year. However we still need to be able to judge your art and design ability and potential therefore all candidates without a portfolio should undertake the tasks bellow and bring the drawings to interview. Drawing Project Research and Investigation: Consider a variety of different objects •Natural form e.g. oshells oplants (botanic gardens) ofruits/vegetables •Man-made e.g. okitchen utensils omusical instruments oshoes/boots oclothing Your research should be a record of primary source material (drawing from the actual object(s)). The aim is to make a variety of drawings on the same theme using different kinds of drawing materials. •pencil •pen •charcoal •crayon/pastel You will try to recreate in as realistic a way as possible the same form structure texture colour of the object(s) using line tone and colour (where relevant). Candidates without a portfolio applying for an introductory course should complete a minimum of six drawings as above and bring them on the interview date.
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- Any art and design specialist HND at Edinburgh College
- Progression from this course is strong into 1st and 2nd year Degree-level studies in art and design
- The course has an articulation agreement with The Glasgow School of Art for 2 guaranteed places into second year Sculpture and Environmental Art
Dan WJ Prasad: I obtained an MA in menswear from the prestigious Royal College of Art in July 2014 where I developed and worked very closely with a tailoring house in Italy. My final collection was produced by the last standing menswear couture house “Brioni” now owned by the Kering Group. My time at RCA was a great stepping stone for the next stage of my career and gaining employment in the fashion industry. I obtained my first job with E.Tautz within two weeks of graduating from R.C.A.
Prior to entering R.C.A I was successful in gaining direct level entry into year two of BA Fashion Design at Edinburgh College of Art after studying in the Art and Design department at Edinburgh College; this was possibly the most important part of my education. I spent three years at Edinburgh College firstly studying the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design before progressing onto the HND in Textiles. My aim at Edinburgh College was to build an exciting portfolio and gain the knowledge and experience to successfully enter art college.
Not really knowing what I wanted to specialise in during my Foundation Diploma I was guided into an area of design that I previously hadn’t considered. The teaching was not only impeccable but inspiring and the support that the Art and Design department provided shaped me into a student that was knowledgeable excited and competent within my specialism. In fact so much so that I decided to stay for another two years to gain even more experience within fashion and textiles by studying the HND. This provided me with the confidence and belief in my own work and chosen career path.
The most important part of my time at Edinburgh College was that it provided me with the time to understand what path I wanted to follow. I now am employed as a Menswear Designer for E.tautz. I work on collections for runway twice a year we show at London fashion week (LCM London Collections Men). I also work on the ready to wear line for our store in Mayfair along with a seasonal womenswear collection shown twice a year at London Fashion Week (Womens). I am forever grateful to the staff of the Art and Design department and fashion and textile team for believing in and inspiring me.
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