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Entry Requirements

1 A-Level or a BTEC qualification and 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or completion of a Level 3 course

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Full time

 

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Duration

1 academic year

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Key features and Benefits

  • Showcase your artistic talents in our Annual End of Year Show, the National Festival of Making, Origins Festival and Embankment Galleries London
  • Benefit from our UAL School and College Network with University of the Arts, London
  • Learn from tutors, many of whom are practicing artists who exhibit their work nationally and internationally
  • Work with employers on live briefs that will nuture your freelance skills

The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, awarded by UAL (University of the Arts London) offers experience of art, design and media subjects, preparing you for work or Higher Education.

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Overview

The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, awarded by UAL (University of the Arts London) offers experience of art, design and media subjects, preparing you for work or higher education. The course is specifically designed to challenge higher-level learners, particularly students with a vocational Level 3 or A-Level profile.

Blackburn College is part of the UAL School and College Network, and are one of only 10 in the country to achieve this status. This means that all our students will benefit from:

  • Industry specialised lecturers
  • Invitations to a range of relevant talks and workshops - face to face and digital
  • Advice & guidance from a UAL representative
  • Help with portfolio development, creative careers and pathways to industry.
  • UAL set assignments

As part of the UAL network, Blackburn College tutors will also meet and share good practice with the other 9 UAL approved colleges around the country, to make sure our students are receiving the best learning experience possible. This Foundation Diploma is extremely well regarded across design education in the United Kingdom and abroad.

We have a first-class record in placing talented students on the best degree course at institutions such as Ravensbourne, Chelsea School of Art & Design, Ruskin School at Cambridge, Leeds College of Art, Goldsmiths, London College of Communication, The Slade, Wimbledon, Camberwell College of Art, Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. Many students on the programme also progress on to Blackburn University Centre.

What will I study?

The course consists of 7 units, where learners are encouraged to explore materials, media and ideas. Learners then build on techniques they have learnt to initiate their own research and final projects. Pathways include moving image and audio production, photography, graphics and visual communication, fashion and textiles, fine art and three dimensional design.

Entry Requirements

1 A-Level or a BTEC qualification and 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or completion of a Level 3 course

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is developmental and continuous. Feedback is given to learners so they know exactly how they are progressing. In the final stages of the course learners initiate a final project, working with the staff team to do so, which is internally assessed and externally moderated. It is against this final project that the learners are assessed for their final grade, either pass, merit or distinction.

What can I do next?

This course provides an excellent springboard to some of the best creative arts and media degree courses in the UK. The Foundation Diploma is also mapped to a range of art, design and media related degree courses at the Blackburn University Centre. Some learners also progress directly to employment within the creative industries.

Many students choose to progress on to programmes at Blackburn University Centre which allow you to follow a range of specialisms. These include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Animation and Game Arts
  • Photography and Moving Image 
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Fine Art

These courses are all validated by UK Top 15 Lancaster University. 

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Career Options

Advertising Art Director

Art directors or 'creatives' design the visuals for eye-catching advertising campaigns. If you have imagination and a flair for art and design there could be opportunities for you in this career.

You’ll need to be a good communicator and work well in a team. Resilience will help you deal with the feedback you get on your work and give you the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Your creativity and ability in art and design are the most important things to many employers. However, most new art directors have studied design and have an HND or degree in graphic design, advertising design, illustration or fine art.?

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Overall 99.7% BTEC Pass Rate

Blackburn College Results, August 2021
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