Foundation Degree Art

Course Length 2 years
Course Type Degree Courses
Course Cost £7,950 (per academic year) (Adult)
Start Date 20/09/2021
Course Code 72695-10

Course overview

Whether you’re a painter, sculptor, video, sound or installation artist you’ll maximise your creative ability and learn how to harness your skills in a professional environment with our Art Foundation Degree.

Our foundation degree contextualises your practice within the reality of the contemporary art industry. As you progress through our programme, you’ll refine your skills in the studio, as well as developing your understanding of art and commerce and how the two can combine to create a career path.

From the start, you’ll exhibit your work. You will have the opportunity to sell your work, visit exhibitions, collaborate with artists, develop media campaigns, work with the public and critically understand the changing art landscape. You will refine your professional practice and tell stories using your artworks as a medium of visual communication.

For all relevant policies and procedures and other relevant documents please see the University Centre Leeds website here.

This is a University Centre Leeds course, validated by Leeds City College

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  • Entry Requirements

    A typical offer is likely to consist of:

    A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject.

    BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects

    IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

    International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

    Mature applicants: Harrogate College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

    *21 years and over at the start of the course

    RPL claims: The course actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPL).

    Interviews / audition: A successful interview and portfolio review will be required.

  • Benefits/Skills
    • Creating practical work.
    • Developing your creative practice.
    • Art skills development.
    • Entrepreneurial skills.
    • Developing a professional network and industry links.
    • Marketing and promotion.
    • Critical thinking.
    • Creative and technical skills appropriate to your practice.
    • Mentoring by industry professionals.
    • The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects.
    • To gain experience working on live work-based projects.
    • Understanding the mechanics of an art world.
  • Units/Modules

    Modules may include:

    Year 1 (Level 4)

    • Drawing Techniques
    • 3D Techniques
    • Digital Techniques
    • Commercial Practice
    • Creative Professional
    • Art in Context

    Year 2 (Level 5)

    • Critical Practice
    • Collaboration
    • Contemporary Issues in Art
    • Extended Project
    • Art Event
  • Careers/Progression

    Progression may include a BA (Hons) Creative Practice Top-Up Degree or a level 6 qualification.

    Job opportunities may include:

    • Freelance artist
    • Art collective
    • Art academic
    • Art entrepreneur
    • Gallery owner
  • Assesment Types

    There is an emphasis towards practical workshop learning, which underpin both context and industry relevant topics.

    The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts.

    Group work will allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills.

    The seminars will be a mixture of student and tutor led sessions considering practical examples of the principles and concepts.

    Tutor and peer led reflective feedback form the basis of student learning programmes.

Please note that you will be directed to the University Centre Leeds UCAS page. Please choose the 'Harrogate College' campus option.

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