University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Art and Design Foundation (Swansea College of Art)

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Course summary

The course provides an introduction to study within art and design and bridges study at Level 3 and progression to study on a degree programme within art and design. Predominantly visual and practical, with elements of written work, this course develops students' understanding of concept, contexts and making. It is the preferred route into specialised study within higher education. Students are introduced to specialist study areas including: Fine Art; Visual Communication; Lens-based Media; 3D Design; and, Fashion and Textiles. All students then specialise and progress onto courses of study at degree level, including: Fine Art; Painting and Drawing; Illustration; Graphic Design; Advertising and Brand Design; Games Design; Digital Arts, Animation; Film and Video; Photography; Automotive; Furniture; Interior; Product; Production and Theatre Design; Architecture; Fashion and Jewellery Design; and, Textiles and Surface Pattern.


Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE) • Academic Writing and Practical / Written Research (20 credits; compulsory) • Developing Personal Practice (20 credits; compulsory) • Developing Specialist Practice and Preparing for Progression (20 credits; compulsory) • Exhibition Outcomes (20 credits; compulsory) • Introduction to Art and Design (20 credits; compulsory) • Practical and Written Experimentation (20 credits; compulsory). The modules are delivered through contextual introductions to projects, a range of workshops and classes, lectures and study visits. Students are guided and assessed through group and individual tutorials and critiques. Contextual and historical studies are embedded in all the modules.

Assessment method

Each of the six modules earns twenty credits, and all will be assessed through Coursework. Coursework is presented in the form of: Sketchbooks/Visual Diaries, Preparatory Work, Workshop & Drawing Class Work, Project Outcomes, Digital Documentation, a Selected and Collated Portfolio, Written Assignments Critiques Group critiques are scheduled regularly to conclude projects and form part of the assessment. They provide the opportunity for formal presentation of outcomes and preparatory work, and for peer and staff criticism Selected and Collated Portfolio Students, working with staff, select and collate a Portfolio of work for presentation at interviews for progression onto further courses/other. The main body of the portfolio will be project work and in particular specialist outcomes and preparatory work. Drawings and project work are selected to show additional skills and ability. Sketchbooks, visual diaries and any 3D preparatory work will accompany the portfolio. Written Assignments Formats for written assignments may include: essays on proposed themes, exhibition reports, project proposals and reviews. Presentation formats may include: illustrated and fully referenced academic essays and less formal reports and/or blogs.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

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Art and Design Foundation (Swansea College of Art) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS