Preparation for HEDiploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies

Course In-Depth

During the first stage you will explore broad concepts and assignments, allowing you to diagnose which methodology – Art, Design or Media – you are most comfortable with.

You will also gain an insight into the range of options available to you for Stage 2. Encouraging risk taking is at the core of the programme. The structure of this course has seven ‘pathways’ which you may choose from from mid November.  These will give you a thorough insight into what it will be like to study within a specialist arts programme.

STUDY ROUTEs – STAGE 1 – EXPLORATORY STAGE

Drawing

  • Experimental drawing
  • Life drawing
  • Location drawing
  • Sequential drawing
  • Exploration of “formal elements”

Art

  • Conceptual & lateral thinking
  • Printmaking workshop
  • Drawing centred
  • Personal, open ended enquiry

Design

  • Problem solving
  • Responding to a brief
  • Design for good, ethical practice
  • Understanding context
  • Appropriate skills development

Media

  • Time based enquiry
  • Using sound
  • Photoshop
  • Video editing
  • Deconstructing images

Students progress from this Stage 1 to any of the Stage 2 Pathways below

study routes – STAGE 2 – PATHWAYS SUBJECTS IN DETAIL

Fine Art

  • Student led briefs
  • Theory & critical thinking
  • Painting technology workshops
  • 3D workshops/casting/mold making
  • Exhibition context explored
  • Time based media workshops

Graphics

  • Design for good
  • Information graphics
  • Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign
  • Zine production
  • One day workshops

3DD (Art, Craft and Design)

  • Workshop use
  • Technical workshops
  • Google SketchUp
  • Casting / mold-making
  • Various 3D contexts explored
  • Laser cutter use

Illustration

  • Life drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Book & authorial illustration
  • Genre study
  • Experimental drawing workshops
  • Digital practice/Illustrator

Fashion, Costume and Textiles

  • Fashion illustration
  • Garment making
  • Mannequin use
  • Photoshop / print processes
  • Paper making
  • Machine knit / embroidery workshops

Photography

  • Critical theory
  • Advanced Photoshop
  • Studio photography
  • Location lighting
  • Medium format camera use
  • Documentary workshops
  • Book design

Film and Animation

  • Storyboarding
  • Sound & editing workshops
  • Premiere/After Effects
  • Green screen workshop
  • Working with actors
  • Script development
  • Life drawing / drawing for animation
  • Group work
  • Experimental & documentary work

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based on presentation of project work and takes place on completion of each stage of the course. Assessments are used to provide guidance on your progress and potential in areas of specialist study. The final major project is graded as pass, merit or distinction.