Become an informed practitioner in charge of your artistic journey, research and thinking. Expand and develop your visual creativity within a contemporary practice-based context, underpinned by theoretical and contextual components. This practice-based course allows you to explore and experience Fine Art within a contemporary context and includes possibilities in painting and drawing, sculpture, time-based and lens-based media, textiles, printmaking and interdisciplinary studio contexts. You will gain practical, workshop and conceptual skills that are applied to studio projects in your first and second year, and develop an autonomous practice in your final year. Approximately 75% of your time in Year 3 will be occupied with studio modules, alongside a choice of theory modules to suit all learning styles. Workshops are well-resourced and include: specialist foundry, fabrication and construction workshops, printmaking studio, textiles studio, drawing and painting studios as well as facilities for video, photographic and computer-based activity. Opportunities for placements and elements of professional practice provide the course with a ‘reallife’ edge, affording you to consider the nature of the Fine Artist you could become. Recent field trips have included New York, London, Berlin, Florence and Paris. Foundation Year courses have been designed for students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications needed to enter directly into the first year of a degree but who have the ability and commitment to do so. Once the Foundation Year has been completed successfully, you can then go on to complete your degree.
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Formative and summative assessment of coursework is applied to studio work, supporting work, sketchbooks, reflective journals, and visual and material experiments. Theory is assessed through written essays, a dissertation and assessment of oral presentations.
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For the Art & Design degrees with a foundation year, qualifications should normally include an Art or Meida related subject. Other vocational qualifications at Level 3 will also be considered, such as NVQs. If you are a mature student (21 or over) and have been out of education for a while or do not have experience or qualifications at Level 3 (equivalent to A Levels), then our Foundation Year courses will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in your chosen degree. Please note: certain courses may require that you have studied a specific subject at GCE A Level (or acceptable alternatives), e.g. Biology, Maths or Chemistry, or GCSE Maths at grade C.
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