The creative industries is worth an estimated £10 million an hour to the UK economy. This figure was published by the Government on 26th January 2016, which means that the industry has twice the growth rate of the rest of the UK economy. It offers a bright future to talented, creative individuals, with a wide range of employment opportunities and specialist disciplines.
The key to this qualification is the development of that interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding. This course is designed to allow the transfer of skills to a real working environment, with the opportunity to work closely with industry through practical work, live briefs, industry practice and independent and negotiated projects developing communication, presentation and team working skills.
Specialist tutors and visiting practitioners will encourage a broad, educational experience, breaking down boundaries between art and design specialisms in order to support you in exploring new and exciting areas whilst extending your portfolio. We aim to provide you with discipline expertise and instil a critical knowledge of art practice that is underpinned by the experience, research and industry expertise of the academic staff. We are committed to producing graduates who have already engaged in the world of work and are enterprising and entrepreneurial by nature.
What areas will I study?
In order to develop high-level, creative skills, strong visual communication is fundamental and this is supported by the exploration of practical techniques in a range of arts areas such as:
- Surface pattern
- Digital media
To enable deeper understanding, you will delve into the background of history of design, such as the circumstances surrounding artistic development, within modules including visual analysis, communication & study skills and studio practice.
There may be additional costs associated with the course which include:
- £65 studio fee (Includes starter art kit, fee for local trips and specialist studio materials)
- £350 approx. for an overseas educational visit
- £30 towards the compulsory End of Year Art Exhibition
What are the entry requirements?
Entry onto the Foundation Degree in Art and Design is through one of two routes. Applicants who have completed a Level 3 programme of study and attained the minimum number of UCAS tariff points on the following courses will be accepted onto the programme:
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design = 96 UCAS points (equivalent to MMM)
- Foundation Diploma in Art & Design = 96 UCAS points (equivalent to a Merit)
- Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art & Design = 106 UCAS points
- A Level study (must include grade C in A Level Art & Design or A Level Graphic Design) = 96 UCAS points
Alongside this, all students will be expected to provide evidence of a portfolio of visual artwork.
Alternatively, applicants that do not meet these tariff points but have relevant industry experience will also be considered upon interview. Applications from mature students are welcome.
Applicants are also required to have grade C or above in GCSE English language and maths or hold an equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English and maths. Applicants may also be required to provide academic references.
A minimum enrolment of 12 is required for the opening of any class. The College reserves the right to cancel or change a class, course or programme if there is a significant reduction in attendance, the minimum enrolment is not achieved, or due to changes beyond our control. 14 days notice will be given in the event of course cancellation.
Where can I progress to next?
You may be looking to pursue a career pathway that combines creative arts with entrepreneurship, working independently or as part of a small business. Others may already be selling their work or looking for a change to start their own company. This qualification could also equip you with the skills to find work within galleries, community arts or teaching.
Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree, you may wish to progress onto a suitable BA (Hons) award at the University of Wolverhampton. There is a close working relationship between Bournville College and the University and you will be guided towards the best choice for your portfolio and experience.