BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
This lively, exciting and established post A level course will, with hands on experience, diagnose your strengths in art and design.
It provides the essential entry qualifications and stimulus for interview at degree level, into highly competitive courses in art and design throughout this country, Europe and the USA.
Never before has making the right choice in your specialist area in Higher Education been so important both financially and for career aspirations.
We accept students prior to confirming a deferred place at university, either academic or art school and appreciate their added dimension to the course.
We start in September and finish in June, giving us plenty of time to place you in top art schools and universities.
Past students include Andy Goldsworthy, sculptor; Bob Hardy, bass player Franz Ferdinand; Professor Steve Hawley, film maker; Joanna Lyle, designer for Alessi; Fleur Olby, photographer.
Unique to our course is a weekly visiting lecture programme to which some of the above contribute.
Each student will have a personal tutor and receive weekly tutorials in small groups and on a one to one basis. They include help with UCAS applications, portfolio preparation, choice of future direction and pastoral care.
Term 1 is divided into two parts. All students start by participating in six generic projects based on drawing, communication and group work.
The second part gives hands on experience where the students are divided into six groups and work in the following areas per week – graphics/illustration, printmaking, fashion/textiles, 3D/sculpture, photography and Fine Art painting.
This is where you get the opportunity to try new things before you decide which area you will specialise in.
Throughout terms 1 and 2, contextual studies takes place on Fridays which also goes towards a further qualification in critical and contextual studies.
From January in Term 2 and 3 students move towards the specialist area they wish to follow at Higher Education and apply for their chosen degree place. A visit to London in January and other gallery visits helps to inform choices.
In Term 3 you are responsible for the Final Major Project, where you will write your own brief and negotiate its production. This work will be exhibited as the culmination of your year’s work at the final show in June which is open to the general public.
Age at entry 18+
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes (grade A to C) and 1 A level pass, preferably Art and Design, Technology. You will be expected to bring a portfolio of work to interview demonstrating prior experience.
If you are 18 years at entry there is no fee.
If you are 19 and over the fee is £100
A studio levy of £50 is payable at enrolment
Term 1, day visit to galleries £15
Term 2, 3 day London visit £120
Artist materials – dependent on specialism
How you will be assessed
Assessment is on a continuous basis including practical and written, ending with a formally assessed final major project.
UCAS points – Pass 165, Merit 225, Distinction 285
Manchester Metropolitan University
Eligible students will receive EMA
Financial assistance towards some of the costs may be available –
contact Learner Services on 01274 433042
How to apply
You on apply online or by postal application form.
Please contact our admissions team on 01274 433333