Design and Materials (Bristol School of Art) at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS

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Course summary

The FdA Design and Materials course enables you to begin to find your individual identity as a designer and maker and to help you locate yourself in the wider world of the creative industries in relevant ways. It is aimed at students who wish to develop areas including studio ceramics, jewellery, textiles, print and enamelling. The course is interdisciplinary in nature (enabling and encouraging you to work in more than one material or process area) and you will explore a wide range of media and processes to arrive at your own direction, working more independently over the two years. A lively and experimental approach is encouraged; practical workshops will allow you to explore and develop skills using a wide range of 2D and 3D materials, and digital media. It is regarded as critical to your development that you are free to move between areas and can seek out and devise your own means to combine materials and processes, as appropriate to your aims.  You will focus at level 4 on how to communicate visually, to explore strategies for creative thinking, creative experimentation and methods of communication in your creative practice. You will have the opportunity to work with a broad range of practical processes, both physical and digital, that can support and enhance the communication of your creative ideas. You will also be actively taking part in creative conversations and debates in the studio, in workplaces (visits and placements) and through our lecture and seminar programme. You will find out about historical and contemporary theoretical and social contexts for design, materials and making as well as professional organisations and business contexts. Your developing professional and transferrable skills will include critical strategies that will inform your own personal approach to creative thinking and the making of your practical work. You will participate in exhibitions and enterprises to build a professional network and to market your work. Part time routes are available. For more information, please email [email protected] GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES: • Designer-makers • Applied artists • A career within the ever-expanding creative industries sector


Level 4 Modules Creative Thinking and Visual Communication Introductory Workshops Developing Practice Professional Studies Exploring Contextual Environments Level 5 modules Design Projects Negotiated Project Self-Promotion and Professional Context Contextualising Practice

Assessment method

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 course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Bristol School of Art
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Please submit a transcript of modules to be considered for year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. SGS welcomes interest from 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. We will consider GCSE Maths grade D

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Design and Materials (Bristol School of Art) at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS