This Foundation Degree is awarded by the University of Gloucestershire, based at Bristol School of Art. You will be able to develop and extend your fine art skills, alongside engaging with a range of fundamental principles and expectations relating to contemporary Fine Art practice, globally and into local cultural life. You will engage with current debates, research and historical precedent in order to come to a personal position as an artist -your ambitions and how you choose to define your practice. Alongside the continuing development of your own studio work, you will undertake modules that require you to research and engage with examples of practice within social, community and other contexts. This degree offers students the chance to engage with contemporary fine art practice and its relationship to the broader cultural and creative industries. You will engage with taught workshops, independent studio/workshop activities, seminars, tutorials and lectures. Students will have the opportunity to experiment and specialise in a range of different media including printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, lens-based processes, installation, 3D processes, performance, photography and digital processes. You will identify primary and supporting focus areas within Fine Art, although this will not limit opportunities for you to work outside of these areas. It is hoped that this will contribute to your own sense of an individual creative identity. Later studio practice modules will build upon your skills encouraging you to be increasingly autonomous and independent. In contextual studies modules you will make links between your own practice, art history and theory, and encountering Fine Art practice and practitioners in social, community, and/or commercial contexts. You will research the ways in which Fine Artists, both in the past and now, contribute to the wider cultural, commercial, and social environments. You will learn to use high levels of creative thinking, technical, intellectual and communication skills, as well as developing your individual creative identity as a Fine Art practitioner. During year two, you will be required to undertake work-related learning in conjunction with your studio practice by undertaking a work placement and participating in an off-site exhibition with your student colleagues. The intention is to apply your skills in vocationally relevant ways, for engaging with public audiences through community arts, Professional Practice and exhibiting work. It is a very practical degree and your work is assessed via both practical and written coursework. The Foundation Degree is a qualification in its own right and is equivalent to the first 2 years of a degree. You may wish to progress onto our 1-year BA (Hons) Fine Art (Level 6) programme. Part time routes are available. For more information, please email [email protected] GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES: • Fine Artist • Curator • Museum/Gallery work • Artist Residencies • Education • Postgraduate • Further studies
Level 4 Modules Drawing as Investigation Preparation for Surface, 3D & 4D Projects Surface, 3D or 4D Projects Contextual Studies: Art in Society Level 5 Modules Drawing and Idea Idea into Form Professional Practice & Off-Site Exhibition Contextual Studies: Art and Community
Coursework, Practical assignments and presentations
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications. You will need to take the following English qualification as part of the Visa process: IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country and to arrange all your funding for your tuition fees and your living costs. Please follow this link for more details about your visa requirements: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. SGS welcomes interest from mature applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. If English isn't your first language you will need to undertake an IELTS qualification achieving an overall grade of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent) GSCE requirements: GCSE English and Maths grade C or 4.
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English language requirements
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£7995*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£7995*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£7995*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.