Introductory course information
Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) Art and Design
UCAS Code: W990
Location of study: Kingston College Creative Industries Centre
Awarding body: Kingston University
Course duration: 1 year full- time
Academic year dates: September 2019 - July 2021
Days of the week: Taught sessions. You will be expected to attend for the 2 days a week, Tues, Weds and other days when there are shows: preparation and hangings, or other exhibitions
Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.
Submission of a portfolio of work is required.
Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above are also required.
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by talking through their portfolio.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:
If you have achieved a qualification such as a Foundation Degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information please visit our Credit Transfer page. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page
International Student Entry Requirements
International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 5 study in the UK to apply for this course Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.
Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.
Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
Tutorials provide individual support to all learners. On successful completion of the course learners can undertake the BA 9 Hons) Art and Design (top-up) one year programme.
1st year Students will study the following Level 4 Modules
4 core modules
- Interdisplinary studio practice (Core, 30 credits). This module introduces you to a range of art and design disciplines, including ceramics, glass, textiles painting ,graphics, print and photography. You then use these skills for an independent project culminating in an external selling opportunity . This is assessed through a technical file and work from the workshops
- Drawing systems and visual communication (Core, 30 credits): This module shows all the different applications of drawing for fine artists and designers. Drawing is seen as underpinning all art and design areas. This is assessed through a portfolio of work
- Digital applications (Core, 30 credits): Digital Applications provides workshops in key art and design software. The module’s main features will introduce students to a range of current software, (like Photoshop, InDesign, Cinema 4D, After Effects). Projects and assignments are set which present visual problems for solution by the use of appropriate software. This is assessed through a blog and visual outcomes
- Historical and Contextual studies (Core, 30 credits): This module provides the opportunity to study the academic and theoretical aspects of art and design and provides a vehicle for the development of writing and research skills, which conform to current academic conventions. This is assessed through two essays.
2nd year students will have to study the following Level 5 Modules
4 core modules
- Art and design studio practice (core 30 credits). Students are given the opportunity to begin to focus on one or more of these disciplines (2D and 3D Fine Art; 2D and 3D Design) or present solutions that effectively use cross-disciplinary methods. They will work on external and live briefs within their disciplines . This culminates into an interim external show degree show
- Art and design independent studio practice ( Core 30 Credits ) This module provides the opportunity for students to engage in self-directed Studio Practice, originating from their statements of intent produced in summative conclusion to the DS5001 Art and Design: Studio Practice (Disciplinary Focus) module. This culminates in an end of year degree show.
- Professional practice in Art and Design ( Core 30 credits) Professional practice studies at level 5 is intended to introduce students to the skills required in transferring to a post academic environment through the identification of practice sector needs and demands. Students are required to produce a website, a show catalogue and a comprehensive networking report
- Themes in Art and Design ( Core 30 credit). This module guides and supports students in their preparation and completion of an extended essay. Initially, contemporary themes in art and design, which continue from studies completed in module DS4004 are used to provide an orientation to independent and self-directed research.
Teaching and Learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to labs and library facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, working independently in the studios Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, workshops the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.
The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include and a range of coursework assessments such as a technical file , portfolios, presentations and your final year major project.
All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
- study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- academic writing (including how to reference)
- research skills (in conjunction with the library)
- critical thinking and understanding arguments
- revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Link
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.
Course Costs and Financial Support
Fees: For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:
- UK/EU students: £6300
- Overseas/International students: £9500
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- annual printing allowance £15
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees: approximately £150 to £200
- additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- the cost of specialist equipment and equipment that you will need to purchase. This will include Sketchbooks, pencils, pens, fabric, photo paper.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.
Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.
Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.
Careers and Progression
- BA (Hons) Art and Design top up at Kingston College
- Equvilant BA (Hons) top up qualifications at other insitutions nationally and internationally.
- Into employment to art and design related areas. This has recently included Gallery Assistant/ Prop Maker/Graphic design assistant.
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