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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

The course has been designed to provide post-16 learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to higher education [HNC/HND or Degree] and training or employment in the creative industries.
Academic Year: 2021/22
Course Code: 10897
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Further Education

Course Overview

The full time course runs for 1 year (min 15 hrs per week) and the Part time course runs for 2 years (8 hrs per week).

The qualification will be delivered through two main phases: an initial exploratory phase, and a final confirmatory phase.

Exploratory phase - learners experiment with diverse media, materials, techniques and processes across specialist skills areas.

You will investigate progression opportunities and develop a portfolio of work to support existing practice and progression while developing towards a specialist area of practice.   

Confirmatory phase - learners produce a final major project and draw upon the summation of knowledge and skills acquired during their learning.

You will  be encouraged to extend personal ambition whilst understanding the professional context for presenting their finished work.

Specialist area may consist of:

  • Visual Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Contextual Studies
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Print
  • Textiles                      

You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability.   


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Course Modules

There are six content area and these are:

• investigation

• experimentation

• evaluation and review

• realisation

• communication

• self-directed practice

Ideal If:

You are looking to broaden your practical and theoretical understanding of art and design practice as a bridging year in preparation for higher education to a HNC, HND or Degree level study or; self-employment or employment in the creative industries.

The programme is ideal for

• learners who may not have had a significant amount of learning of creative subjects at Level 3

• learners who have prior learning at Level 3 within the creative sector, but wish to consolidate their learning further before progressing to HE

• adult learners with some creative experience, but without Level 3 creative qualifications.

You'll Learn:

The programme offer learners the opportunity to experiment widely and take creative risks in order to develop a broad portfolio of work and professional behaviours required for progression.

It also provides opportunities to develop art and design visual skills in both 2D and 3D over the course of study through a process of self-direction, reflective practice and communication, which are key skills for progression to higher education.

You'll Love:

The opportunity to explore and experiment with a broad range of media and materials within a fine art context. The art and design studios and equipment available for students. 

The chance to work on live briefs and exhibit both internally and externally.

Working on internal and external client commissions.

You'll Progress:

The programme aims to develop creative skills valued by higher education and employers, whilst also providing learners with valuable transferable skills. 

These skills enable progression to Higher level qualifications such as HNC/HND and degrees or; self employment or employment within the creative industries.

You'll Need:

BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design or an A Level pass at Grade C with 4 GCSEs Grade C to include English.

At interview, you must bring a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in Art and Design and other visual arts such as photography.  Details of this will be confirmed in the email invitation at a later date.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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