This challenging one year foundation course will build on the skills you bring to college. It will give you the knowledge, breadth, intensive preparation and quality of work necessary to compete for a place on a wide variety of specialised BA/FdA university courses in Art & Design. The diagnostic nature of the foundation course will help you to discover and develop your strengths, and choose your preferred area of specialisation.
At the Kensington Centre we offer a specialist Design pathway so that you can choose and combine Art and Design studies with Ceramics, Jewellery, Glass, Graphics and Interior Design for your pathway and Final Major projects. Life Drawing takes place over the whole year and underpins the development of your observational drawing skills. Contextual studies are integrated and you are required to produce some written work.
The course allows you to develop individuality, experiment with new ways of creative and visual thinking, explore the breadth of possibilities within art and design in two and three dimensions and pursue a sustained investigation into your chosen specialism. You will be taught by a team of professional artists, designers and makers who will guide you through Industry standard projects and give you a flavour of working in the Art and Design world.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
You will need 5 GCSEs, preferably one of them in Art with Maths and English at level A-C or be willing to study for these grades at college. It is preferable that you have Art or an art related A-level. You will need a portfolio of work in Art and Design that reflects your enthusiasm for the subject and shows experience using a variety of Media.
What does the course lead to?
You can progress to University or higher level courses such as Professional Development in Design Crafts or HNC in Interior Design or more specialist courses.
Where will I study?
The Foundation course with a Design pathway takes place at the Kensington Centre.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
In addition to your base room with your individual work area, we have well equipped specialist studios:
Interior Design studio with state of the art Vectorworks software on 20 computers; Graphic Design studio with 16 Macs; a fully equipped Jewellery studio; Glass studio including a sandblaster and large kilns; Ceramic Studio with kilns, wheels, extruder, spray booth and Raku kiln and a Design Studio for Drawing, Contextual and Visual Studies. There is a college library with a wide selection of books on all Design and Craft subjects that you can borrow. Photshop is also installed on the library computers to help you be able to work outside of classtime.
How much should I study outside class?
You will be expected to be fully committed to your studies by going to exhibitions and galleries and other course related activities outside of class time. You will also be assigned some work to do at home.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment takes place at the end of projects throughout the year. The course leader will explain this in detail at your interview.
Are any course materials online?
Your course will be available on the college VLE Moodle system where you can find course related information.
What books and equipment do I need?
You will be given a list of things to bring to college by your tutors at the beginning of the course.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
The college provides some basic tools and materials but you will need to be prepared to buy some materials in the specialist areas as well as good quality paper. The college has a shop where most materials can be purchased.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
You need to bring a portfolio of art and design work with photos of any large pieces as well as any proof that you have of previous achievements, such as GCSE or A-level certificates.