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Course summary

The Foundation Degree (FdA) focuses on 'making as thinking', with studio work at the centre of study. Learners will refine their own art and design work, forming a basis for confident and self-directed practice in the creative industries. Learners will undertake a series of two and three-dimensional workshops and studio projects of varying complexity, which involve both individual and group work. To place learners' own work in a historical setting and support studio practice, there is also a varied range of lectures, seminars, trips and visits from practitioners. Tutorials provide individual support to all learners. On successful completion of the course learners can undertake the BA (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 internal 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.

Assessment method

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

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please make contact with our International Team to confirm if we are able to provide a Tier 4 Visa for your study.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


Suitably qualified applicants will be invited to interview at the College, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course. In limited circumstances, we may be able to offer online or phone interviews.


All applicants to this course are required to submit a creative portfolio of their own work. The purpose of the portfolio submission is to evaluate your development as a creator and assess your ability to do well on the course. We look for evidence of the basic technical and cognitive skills you'll need to succeed.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6An overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).

Students from outside the UK may be required to demonstrate their level of English by providing proof of an English language certificate or other qualification. This is particularly the case where a student: • is from a country where English is not an official/first language, or; • has previous qualifications which include English as a second language, or; • has previous qualifications which have not been studied through the medium of English. The approximate guideline minimum English level required for entry at level 4 is "B2" on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This roughly equates to: • IELTS - an overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5, or; • B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE) **Please note that other English language certificates/qualifications are available, and may be considered, and the College looks at each applicant on an individual basis.**

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7000 Year 1
England £7000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 Year 1
Scotland £7000 Year 1
Wales £7000 Year 1

Additional fee information

The following course-related costs ARE included in the fees: Annual printing allowance; registration fee (if applicable). The following course-related costs are NOT included in the fees: Additional printing over and above the annual allowance; the cost of books, equipment and materials that you might wish to purchase.
Art and Design - Foundation Degree (FdA) at South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College) - UCAS