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FAD Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Bamburgh House, Newcastle
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FAD Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who would like to become a professional artist or designer, and those who want to study art and design at University.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need to have five GCSEs at grade C or above, or 3 GCSEs at grade C or above plus one A Level. You will normally need to be at least 18 by 31 December of the year you join the course.

What will I study on the course?

You will study the course in three stages: Stage 1: The Exploratory Phase, where you have the opportunity to study the many and varied aspects of art and design including fine art (painting, sculpture, print making, photography studies), fashion and textiles, graphic design and computer imaging and 3D design. Stage 2: The Pathways Stage, during which you select one of the above areas to study in. Stage 3: The Confirmatory Stage, this consists of the final major project. This work will represent a culmination of the knowledge you have acquired so far and is graded either Refer Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

This is a one year course if studied full time or a two year course if studied part time. As well as studio work there are several educational and gallery visits to Rome, Edinburgh, London and other field trips related to projects. On this course there is a high level of contact with lecturers who are all experienced professionals in their field. You will be given practical help in portfolio presentation and the expert advice that will enable you to make an informed decision about your future academic or career opportunities.

Your progress will be assessed by experienced lecturers. This course provides an intensive learning experience in a creative, user-friendly environment. Through the study of a wide range of art and design disciplines, you will have the opportunity to explore your practical skills and to learn how to develop and analyse ideas. Drawing underpins all these activities, and the study of the history of art provides a theoretical base.

FAD Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (QCF) Level 3

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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