Our Foundation course will focus on your personal and creative development based around a broad exploration of visual disciplines, leading directly to a BA course in the School of Art or the School of Visual Communication within the Art, Design and Media Faculty at BCU. Working in a lively and energetic environment you will be given the freedom to expand your knowledge in conceptual development, practical skills and creative exploration underpinned by broad critical understanding and emerging theoretical principles. You will work individually and collaboratively to develop a stimulating visual portfolio of work that evidences your enthusiasm for further study within a specific subject area. BA teaching staff from across both schools will work with you throughout the course and you will have full access to all the University facilities. The contemporary performance industry is a vibrant world of ever-evolving and often inter-related practices. It’s against this intersection that we have developed this course to offer a unique programme of study. We’re interested in what is Performance? Where does Performance occur? How do we creatively design and realise for it? Established in the 1950’s, the course has grown to embrace the breadth of the industry and the opportunities found within it. The variety of design practice undertaken by students includes: theatre, events, festivals, museums, concerts, exhibitions, themed environments, installations, nightclubs, dance, puppetry, music videos, film, TV and live arts. You will be encouraged to negotiate your own individual journey through the course; developing an area of practice specific to you. Imagination, experimentation and risk taking are fundamental to our students as the challenges and opportunities are so varied. This course provides a broad platform of skills, both traditional and digital, to best equip our graduates for employment. Because flexibility is built into our course design, there are no subject routes - you are able to study the same modules together regardless of your specific areas of interest. This fosters a studio culture; rich in diversity, collaboration and ambition. Why Choose us? Located in the city centre, in the historic School of Art Building, Margaret Street, the students have access to a wide variety of facilities. These include design studios, a bespoke art and design library, a range of workshops (wood, metal, plaster, print, textiles, audio visual and computer suites) and an experimental performance space. You will benefit from the insight and experience of staff who are experienced designers, makers and educators, as well as a dedicated technical support team. You will have the chance to develop and respond to a wide variety of high-profile projects and opportunities. These have included innovative paper installations, collaborative music videos, placements at major venues, live project briefs, exhibition designs and sculptural installations for major UK festivals. As a student of the School of Visual Communication, you will have access to the full Adobe Suite and accompanying accreditation as well as full access to LinkedIn Learning. The course is also a member of the Performance Design Education Collective. The School of Visual Communication prides itself on a long-established national and international reputation. It consists of a range of courses that celebrate innovation and allow you to realise your creative ambitions.
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:
Additional entry requirements
If your application is progressed, you will be invited to provide a portfolio of your creative work for review. This can be submitted digitally or you can physically bring it in. Your portfolio is your opportunity to show examples of your work and creative interests to support your application. Guidance on how to put your portfolio together will be provided once you have made your application. As a result we will be unable to make a decision on your application until after the UCAS deadline of 18:00 (UK time) on 15th January 2020
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||overall with no less than 5.5 in any level|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|