What is the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media?

A highly successful pre-university course

This is a one year course especially for students aged 18 and over who have completed A Levels and are aiming to study Art & Design-related courses at university or take the skills into employment. The qualification is highly respected by universities and employers alike and many institutions stipulate it as a requirement for Art-based degrees.

The Foundation Diploma helps you nurture your creative and artistic techniques in a supportive yet independent environment in Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s purpose built School of Art & Design. Guided by our expert teachers, the type of work that you undertake and the style in which you complete it help you develop the knowledge, confidence and self-sufficiency that are essential for the transition to your next step in the creative industries.

 

What does the course involve?

The three components of the course:

  • Drawing, painting, textiles, fashion, graphics, 3D Design and sculpture – you’ll have an introduction to all of these areas but specialise in what interests you. This first part of the course enables students to examine the extent of their own skills and aptitudes, and explore different problem solving methods.
  • Students negotiate a personal programme of study, specialising in their chosen discipline, with a view to developing an impressive, subject-specific portfolio of work and making a successful application for university.
  • You’ll produce a final project and your course grade will be determined by the quality of this final work. You’ll be able to draw inspiration from a range of contextual studies and local and national galleries.

Some students choose to present their final work in special exhibitions at the College, while others have exhibited their projects in prestigious galleries in Liverpool and beyond.

Written communication is a crucial component of this course. Students are expected to produce annotated sketchbooks and critical studies essays. You’ll also be responsible for your own learning, so you need to be ready to meet deadlines and organise your schedule and your work.

 

Who can apply

The course is open to all post-A Level students across the region, irrespective of whether you’ve previously studied at the College, however, priority is given to current College students.

Prospective students need:

  • To be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or a 4/3 or above (which need to include English Language and Art)
  • A minimum of two A Levels or BTECs (Art qualifications are preferable but not essential)

You’ll need to present a portfolio of art/design work at your interview and you should be ready to discuss your initial ideas with respect to a career in Art & Design.

For many students, the course won’t cost anything to sit so you may be entitled to another year of quality education free of charge.

It’s a broad and exciting course that needs commitment, determination and perseverance – qualities vital for success in all professional fields of Art & Design.

 

The School of Art & Design

The purpose built School of Art & Design opened in 2013 and is a separate building on the College campus that overlooks the rest of site. Housing state-of-the-art facilities for each artistic field, the building is a hive of creativity for all of the College’s Art & Design students, with the Foundation Diploma students occupying the top floor with stunning views of Liverpool through bright, tall windows.

 

How much time does the course take up?

This course runs for 20 hours per week over a four day period, but – uniquely - students can access exclusive facilities five days a week in order to complete the work required. In addition, all students have their own dedicated work area.

 

Qualifications Achieved

Exam Board: ABC

Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media

Graded as Distinction*, Distinction, Merit & Pass

 

Assessment and support

There are three formal assessment points during the course, in addition to frequent individual and group tutorials. The course is comprised of units of learning, which includes taught time, independent study and access to resources and assessment. There are specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria that will be shared with you as the course progresses. You will also have a personal tutor who will provide a comprehensive programme of guidance to ensure your success in applying for Higher Education.

 

Course Fees and Expenses

For students who are 18 on 1st September, the course is FREE. External applicants who are 19 or over on 1st September will be charged the full course fees of £4000. All students will be expected to pay for or provide the course materials and equipment for this course.

 

How to Apply

External applications are now open and applicants will be interviewed on a first-come-first-served basis as places are limited on this course.

Click here to download the application form.

Completed forms can be sent via email to Angela Watson, Head of Art & Design, at: alw@bsfc.ac.uk

or alternatively sent by post to Angela at: Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Park Road West, Claughton, Wirral, CH43 8SQ

 

About Birkenhead Sixth Form College

  • Ofsted rated the College as Outstanding in all areas in 2017
  • The College is situated in Claughton Village, overlooking Birkenhead Park
  • All of our Art teachers are specialists in their fields
  • The College is easily accessible from all Wirral, Chester and Liverpool areas by bus, train and car

 

Good to Know

Each year, the College’s School of Art & Design hosts a Summer Art Show, where students’ work is exhibited across the three floors of the building. Visitors come in their numbers to see the culmination of a year’s work from all levels of Art students at the College and celebrate some of the most creative work in the region.

 

Course Fees and Expenses

  • If you are aged 16-18:

This study programme will be FREE for students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2019, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

  • If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £4500.00

If you are aged 19+ on 31 August 2019, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

Applicants should email Angela Watson, FAD Course Leader, alw@bsfc.ac.uk to find out more information about Advanced Learner Loan eligibility.

  • All students will be expected to pay for or provide the course materials and equipment for this course.

 

Each year, the College’s School of Art & Design hosts a Summer Art Show, where students’ work is exhibited across the three floors of the building. Visitors come in their numbers to see the culmination of a year’s work from all levels of Art students at the College and celebrate some of the most creative work in the region.

Click here for details of our Open Events:

or contact us to visit at any time:

T: 0151 652 5575

E: alw@bsfc.ac.uk (Angela Watson, Head of Art & Design)

 

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