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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2019/20 entry

Course code:

ADF009

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

Skills Funding Agency or Education Funding Agency

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Faculty:

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Recruitment and Admissions Office

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Overview

This Art and Design Foundation Diploma course aims to enable you to explore and experiment across a wide range of creative disciplines.

You will have the opportunity to generate fresh and exciting work, building your personal independence and confidence in developing ideas, and gaining new skills with different materials, techniques and processes and building a substantial portfolio of work.

The Foundation Diploma is designed as a one-year full-time preparatory experience prior to undertaking studio-based undergraduate Higher Education programmes. In an inspiring, support and enriching environment, our aim is to provide broad, balanced and structured learning to stimulate your interest and motivation in art and design, but also enable you to make informed career choices, fully aware of your creative strengths and passions.

One of the best universities in the country for art and design, Coventry University has a reputation as a leading centre for product design, having been awarded both the Queen’s Anniversary Prize and the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

The Foundation course at Coventry University has been the most enriching and surprising year of my life; coming out of school I was flung into a completely new, exciting and challenging way of learning - not only about the subject I was about to study - but in growing and thinking in new ways. Without a doubt, I have come out the end as a more confident and prepared person; ready to tackle my course next year, thanks to this course and its inspiring leaders.

Imogen Fancourt, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, graduated in 2016 progressing onto a BA Illustration course.

Course information

The Foundation Diploma is specifically designed to foster a creative, critical and experiential approach to art and design practice. You will be encouraged to experiment with different artistic methods, test your ideas and reflect on your work through rational artistic approaches.

 

80%

of our students progressed onto study within our own undergraduate programmes or courses at other institutions

Foundation Diploma Annual Report 2014/15

Modules

Overview

The Foundation Diploma is designed as a one-year full-time preparatory experience prior to undertaking studio-based undergraduate study. We encourage you to generate fresh and exciting work, building personal independence and confidence in developing ideas, and gaining new skills with different materials, techniques and processes, building a substantial portfolio of work.

It is split in to 3 stages;

The Exploratory Stage allows you to spend time exploring different disciplines through a series of project themes, by being introduced to materials and new methods of working; we explore research methods and develop critical skills encouraging evaluation and reflection. You will work on short, week-long projects deigned to extend your thinking whilst exploring different aspects of art and design. You will explore drawing and mark making as a means to record, generate ideas and express yourself whether through fine art, illustration or design. You will explore all the different workshops available to you at the university, from digital software to print, ceramics and sculpture, widening your skills set, no matter what specialism you opt to follow. This stage will set you up for the pathway stage.

The Pathway stage is where you explore your future directions and make a choice in regard to specialism. You’ll begin to work more independently on longer specialist projects and build a portfolio ready for progression to BA. During this stage you have a choice of 3 project themes to follow and you can use any of the skills explored from the pathway stage to respond. You will be working in a vibrant studio environment so you will be working alongside students following different specialist areas, for example from fashion or automotive design to experimental film or painting, contemporary craft to animation or illustration. We want you to be unique and build a portfolio that shows you have a breadth of 2D and 3D skills no matter what your specialist area of practice. To complement your practical projects, you will also attend a series of weekly lectures to help you contextualise your practice. During this stage you will be fully supported with all aspects of your UCAS application.

The Confirmatory stage sees you working on an independent, self-initiated 10 week final major project. The work is exhibited at the end of the year. This final project is at level 4 (which is the same as first year degree level) to help to prepare you for the transition. At this stage, you will be working as a professional artist or designer, managing your own workload, time and outcomes. You will discuss your work weekly with peers and tutors so that you continue to develop and produce the best possible work.

Modules

  • Researching, Recording and Responding in Art and Design

  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design

  • Preparation and Progression in Art and Design

  • Information and Interpretation in Art and Design

  • Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design

  • Extended Media Development in Art and Design

  • Final Major Project in Art and Design

13th

We are ranked as the 13th best University in the United Kingdom in The Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • The School of Art and Design is an ‘Adobe Partner by Design’, as well as being an Adobe Outstanding Centre of Excellence
  • Ranked 17th in the UK for ‘Art and Design’ in the Complete University Guide 2019.
  • Award winning students including an In and Design Sustainability Award for a chair made from light bulbs, and a nationwide business card competition hosted by 123Print.
  • In 2016/17 100% students progressed on to undergraduate programmes both at Coventry University and beyond.
  • Our undergraduate programmes in the broad subject of ‘Design Studies’ enjoy high levels of student satisfaction – 90% for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Strong track record of student success with former foundation students going on to win wide ranging competitions and commissions.
  • Opportunity to take part in overseas study visits. In the past, students have visited major art and design centres in Europe, recently visiting traditional and contemporary art exhibitions from Birmingham to Amsterdam (application and additional costs may apply).
  • Access to dedicated design studios, the best software packages for page layout, image manipulation and multimedia design, such as the full Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premier, Dreamweaver and Animate, on both Macs and PCs.
  • Extensive print facilities include a printmaking workroom, screen printing studio and a digital print bureau. You will have the chance to receive an induction into printmaking processes, including drypoint, etching and silkscreen, using the full range of facilities to produce anything from postage stamps to large poster designs.

Opportunity to take part in an end-of-year show which coincides with the prestigious School of Art and Design annual Degree Show.

On the Foundation diploma you will have the opportunity to explore broad themes and ideas, encouraging you to think more widely and discover personal directions. You will spend time exploring materials, developing understanding of specialist practice and towards the end of the course, you will write your own self-initiated project.  You are free to make work that explores the use of colour, surface, mark making, process, space and site, time-based media including video and sound, performance, structure and design. We focus on ideas and how to push them beyond the obvious, allowing you to learn through discovery, becoming more independent and curious about the world around you.

The course team works collaboratively across the School’s extensive art and design resources to create a dynamic, fast-paced, creative learning environment designed to help develop your intellectual curiosity and expand your creative ability.

Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice, but you will also have lectures, seminars and workshops. In exploring a wide range of disciplines, media and techniques, you will develop a personal visual language and a strong sense of your own creative practice and identity.

Individual diagnostic projects and tutorials will help you to distil and identify your main areas of interest. Recent project briefs have included short animations, book illustrations and sound installations.

In recognition of the fact that drawing is such a crucial transferrable skill within all art and design practice, we endeavour to organise a special drawing week covering key techniques and developing your idea generation. We encourage you to use the drawing week as a springboard for the development of the way you think visually and the way that you practice drawing.

You will have the opportunity to engage with staff from our Undergraduate courses including lectures from designers, artists and practitioners who will talk to you about their work and how it can inform your work. We offer the opportunity to be part of guided visits to Compton Verney, Birmingham’s IKON Gallery, the London galleries as well as a European field trip (subject to application and additional costs).

Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. Coursework is assessed using a variety of methods including: presentations, portfolio reviews, essays, reports, reflective logs, e-journals, blogs, displays and exhibitions. 

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Project work: 80%
  • Essays/reports: 20%

To achieve the Foundation Diploma a student must achieve a pass for all 120 credits taken. Units 1-7 are achieved at pass only. Unit 10 is graded Pass/Merit/Distinction. The grade for Unit 10 constitutes the final qualification grade.

80% assessed by project work

When you’ve completed your foundation diploma, you should have a broad portfolio demonstrating a range of skills. You will have carefully explored your progression options, allowing you to make an informed decision about undergraduate study. You should be more confident and able to work independently in a professional manner in your chosen pathway.

Last year, 100% of our students progressed on to higher level study both at Coventry University and beyond.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of smaller tutorial/seminar with focused tutor contact each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of workshops and technical demonstrations.
  • Large group teaching: 6-8 hours of seminars with 2-3 hours of lectures

In addition, you will have 8 hours of self-directed studio practice each week and be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed studying each week.

We attract staff and students from all over the world, which provides a multicultural environment in which you can experience different cultures, approaches, perspectives and opinions. You will have the opportunity to take part in overseas study visits. In the past, students have visited major art and design centres in Europe and North America. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course took me on a journey through all aspects of art and design, undertaking numerous projects that tested and pushed me into finding myself as an artist/designer.

Aiden Richardson

Entry Requirements

  • 1 A2 or Extended Diploma in a creative subject
  • 4 GCSEs (including English Language or English Literature, and Maths) at A*- C or 9 - 4 in the new GSCE grading structure or equivalents

All equivalent qualifications are welcome, as are mature students with alternative experience

Portfolio

You may be required to submit a portfolio/showreel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

What our students say...

The course took me on a journey through all aspects of art and design, undertaking numerous projects that tested and pushed me into finding myself as an artist/designer.

Aiden Richardson

Tuition Fees

The fee for this course is currently funded by the Skills Funding Agency or Education Funding Agency. Applicants should check their website for the latest information regarding fees.

  • UK and EU based students do not have to pay tuition fees but £120 must be paid at enrolment for access to specialist workshops;
  • Students are currently not eligible for any form of loan.

 

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • You will need to provide all your own materials throughout the academic year which will typically cost £300: Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

Skills Funding Agency or Education Funding Agency


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

Skills Funding Agency or Education Funding Agency


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees TBC
2018/19 fees - £12,600


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments. 

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The course took me on a journey through all aspects of art and design, undertaking numerous projects that tested and pushed me into finding myself as an artist/designer.

Aiden Richardson

Career prospects

Students who meet our benchmark requirements should be able to progress on to studio-based courses in the School of Art and Design and the School of Media and Performing Arts, as well as institutions throughout the UK and internationally.

Typically, our students progress to degree level courses in the following subjects: Fashion; Fine Art; Fine Art and Illustration; Illustration and Animation; Interior Design; Product Design; Automotive Design and Transport Design.

Our Employability team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. It provides specialist careers information, advice and guidance to all our students from their first year through to final year and beyond graduation, helping them achieve their desired career outcome. Our dedicated enterprise officers can also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

What our students say...

The course took me on a journey through all aspects of art and design, undertaking numerous projects that tested and pushed me into finding myself as an artist/designer.

Aiden Richardson
Disclaimer

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.