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Qualification: UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Portfolio)

Build your skills, your confidence and your artistic repertoire on this creatively challenging 10 month course.

The Portfolio Course is designed for mature students who wish to return to education to develop their artistic potential. It is embedded in the large and vibrant curriculum area of Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. The course is delivered over a two-day teaching week although students must also commit to undertake additional flexible study from home.

This course will provide you with an intensive, creative experience in which to develop your work and ideas. Over an exciting 10 month programme, you will gain clarity about your creative interests and your individual strengths.

To get the most from this programme you will need an open mind and a willingness to take creative risks. You will have the opportunity to experiment in studio and workshop practice across a range of disciplines including drawing, textiles, printmaking, small metals, 3D, ceramics, multi-media/digital and photography.

A range of exciting projects will allow you to explore a variety of approaches to visual thinking and idea development. You can then experiment with different techniques and ways of working in order to focus your own artistic practice.

You will learn how to take responsibility for researching, developing and realising your ideas. Through developing and interrogating ideas and processes, you will develop an individual style, and decide your own specialism.

In preparation for interview to higher education or professional practice, you will be given detailed and personalised support to develop a portfolio of your work.

  • Work within a dynamic studio/ workshop environment, part of an exciting creative cohort.
  • Work on a variety of projects.
  • Individual teaching and tutorial support.
  • Find your own approach to art and design.
  • Decide what specialist area suits you best.

Students who wish to progress to degree level will be supported applying to colleges and universities throughout the UK including the range of BA (Hons) creative degrees at HCA.

  • Students must share a portfolio of work and discuss their creative ambitions at interview.
  • Due to the level of critical research and evaluation on course, we prefer for students to hold a minimum GCSE grade 4 or above/ O Level C or above or equivalent in English.
  • Minimum age: 21 years, with no upper age limit.