Official Course Title: Foundation Degree Arts – Clocks Study at a specialist college with the assurance of a university qualification. Develop your passions and reach your potential in a small, welcoming environment within a community of like-minded people. Why choose West Dean? An international reputation for excellence in conservation and arts education. 94% of students studying at the College* felt the programme had enhanced their skills and abilities (*2019 student survey) A rich arts environment and a focus on craft skills with vocational application. Be inspired by the unique historic character and beautiful South Downs setting. Located close to Chichester and the South Coast, with easy access to London. The Course Equip yourself for a career in clock making and working with dynamic objects by acquiring the practical and technical skills, the theory, principles and techniques used in historic horological manufacture. The programme begins with practical exercises to help you establish hand and machine tool skills relating to historic craft practices in clock-making. You will make your own clock before working on a range of historic clocks; this bench-based activity is integrated with theory and professional practice. Learn how to combine and use this knowledge when making treatment decisions as a professional practitioner. You can expect To develop excellent practical skills through object-based treatments To learn the principles and techniques of historical horological manufacture and repair To work on historic objects Learning environment High tutor: student ratio Workshop access 8.30am-9pm, seven days a week Stimulating interdisciplinary environment Visits from specialists from the heritage and private sectors Visits to museums and active links with heritage bodies Exceptional facilities You will work in our specialist clocks workshop with access to a well-equipped analytical laboratory. Collaboration with other craft practices specialisms makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment. Facilities include: Individual work benches for each student Access to the full range of metalworking and woodworking facilities in the adjacent departments Digital photography facilities for the production of photographic records and documentation Area for cleaning and testing completed work The on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books and journals within your reach and you can access specialist databases in the IT suite. Teaching You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, external trips and visits, and workshop practicals. In addition, you will have personal tutorials with your subject tutor. At level 4 you typically have around 18-19 contact hours per week. At level 5 (year 2) you typically have around 16-17 contact hours per week. Independent learning When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Overall workload Level 4: 53% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity Scheduled teaching and learning: 633 hours Independent learning: 567 hours Level 5: 50% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity Scheduled teaching and learning: 600 hours Independent learning: 600 hours
HC-M1 Materials Technology: delivered in pathway workshop and cross-curricular, HC-D1 Drawing and Aesthetics, HC-R1 Study/Research Skills, HC-M2 Materials Technology (Metal/Wood): delivered in pathway workshop and cross-curricular, HC-H2 History of Craft, HC-C2M1/C/F/ME Craft Skills, HC-P3 Professional Skills incl. work placement, HC-R1 Study/Research Skills, HC-C1M1/C/ME Craft Skills, HC-P4 Professional Portfolio: student led. Modules may be subject to change.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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Additional entry requirements
Applicants will be invited to a portfolio interview.
Applicants should provide a portfolio that evidences their commitment to the discipline. It could include sketchbooks, technical and material exploration, design work, project development from start to finish, detailed images of finished work. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to include a video of working on a practical exercise as part of the portfolio, of which the College can provide guidance if required (see below).
If applicants cannot provide a portfolio, the College will provide a practical exercise that can be done remotely to asses mental agility and dexterity and suitability for this skills based programme.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, or you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability. International applicants should provide evidence of English language ability to Level B2 (IELTS 6.0).
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Fees and funding
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Funding opportunities are available to students applying to study at West Dean and we encourage students to explore funding options. In 2019 up to 60% of students received bursary/scholarship support. For more information visit: https://www.westdean.ac.uk/degrees-and-diplomas/funding