This Foundation Degree with Integrated Foundation Entry is designed for those who want to study for the foundation degree but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start just yet. The foundation entry modules include: Art & Design Studies, Design Investigation, Specialism Skills and Drawing and Image Communication, giving you the opportunity to explore a range of design practices before progressing to Year One of the Foundation Degree in your chosen specialism. The course will go on to facilitate the discovery and development of your strengths within the design arena, helping you choose a preferred specialism in either; graphic design, illustration, advertising, motion graphic design, brand consultancy, design consultancy, or studio management. This programme consists of practical projects covering multiple modules, with a self-initiated final major project that will be displayed at the end of course exhibition. The course allows you to develop individuality, experiment with innovative ways of creative and visual thinking, explore the breadth of possibilities within art and design in 2 and 3 dimensions, and pursue a sustained investigation into your chosen specialism. At the centre of the course will be the ‘Design Studio’, a real-life working environment, where undergraduates will work on ‘live’ and realistic briefs, to industry standard deadlines, as well as liaising with clients and staff to underpin professional learning. The course will help develop confidence and competence to communicate design solutions, through both print-based and new media graphic disciplines. Personal and professional development will provide opportunities for students to develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in a working life environment.
You will study a range of core modules, including: Foundation Entry year: •Art & Design Studies •Design Investigation •Specialism Skills •Drawing and Image Communication FdA Year 1: •Introduction into Graphic Design •Creative Thinking •Responsive Professional Practice FdA Year 2: •Professional Practice and Work Based Projects •Ideas in Context •Pathway Investigation Module NOTE: The foundation entry element of all of our design-related foundation degrees is generic so may be delivered in classes made up of students from any of our design-related foundation degree with integrated foundation entry programmes.
Assessment is conducted in a variety of ways throughout the course: • Portfolio work • Presentations • Reflective comments and self-assessment • Group discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Critique sessions
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
For students entering via the optional Foundation Entry route, the following admission criteria will apply: - • Portfolio and successful individual interview. • In lieu of a portfolio, applicants may complete a project as an alternative demonstration of ability. For students entering directly onto the Foundation Degree, the following admission criteria will apply: - We will normally expect applicants to evidence a number of the following: • Relevant design qualifications either 'AS' and 'A2' level • BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design or similar art qualification; • GNVQ Advanced in Art and Design • Equivalent Qualifications in relevant areas • Professional experience, freelance or industrial UK and EU Entry: Equivalent EU qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements.
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Additional entry requirements
Additional Selection Criteria: Meeting the minimum entry requirement for a course does not necessarily guarantee a place. Entry to all courses is subject to a successful interview. When assessing an application, we take into account your grades, predicted grades, reference and personal statement. From your personal statement and interview, we consider your motivation and commitment to success, and any relevant experience you may have. For some courses, we may also ask for a portfolio of appropriate work or an audition, or you may be required to find a work placement prior to enrolment. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: To gain access to some courses you may need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the University Centre and your placement provider. If you would like to discuss this issue in confidence, please contact Student Services Advisors in The Pod on 0151 353 4444, or call in to speak to them in person. Mature Students: We recognise that some mature students may not meet the standard entry requirements but may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience and, therefore, we would consider your application on an individual basis. We would take into account your work and life experience and may ask you to discuss this in more details at interview. Interview: All applicants are invited to attend an interview with either the Course Leader or Course Tutor. You will be notified of your interview by our Admissions Team who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.
English language requirements
EU students, for whom English is not the first language, will be required to evidence an IELTS score or 6.0 or equivalent. Equivalences include: • TOEFL written examination score of 550 plus a test of written English (at 4) • TOEFL Computer Equivalent score of 230 • Proficiency in English (Cambridge) at Grade C or above
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6250||Year 1|