The KCC Foundation Preparation UAL Level 2 course offers motivated learners the opportunity to develop their art and design portfolios for successful entry to either Level 3 or 4, Foundation and other Art courses at KCC or other colleges. The course consists of units which cover an introduction to a range of materials, processes and technical skills in Art & Design, whilst exploring drawing as a tool for the communication of ideas. Through a range of projects, student artwork will demonstrate contextual research along with 2D, 3D & 4D creative problem solving. Learners will be involved in developing and producing personal projects that suit their individual development and build their portfolios.
Contextual studies and Art History are integrated and along with a series of gallery visits, lectures and tutorials learners will develop a clear understanding of how contextual research informs studio practice.
What background and qualifications do you need to join?
We are looking for interesting and engaged students with a passion for art and design and an interest in progressing within KCC to level 3 and/or level 4 Foundation. Your eventual aim would be to attend university in an Art & Design related subject or to obtain work in the Arts industries.
You will need a portfolio of recent work including drawings, sketchbooks, 3D work, photography or any other design work. This portfolio should demonstrate a compatible level of commitment and ability equal to that necessary to complete the course.
Ideally, potential students under 19 should have GCSE A-C English and maths or an equivalent qualification. If you do not have English & maths at GCSE then it is possible to be accepted onto the course on the strength of a portfolio of work. However, without exception, accepted students without GCSE English & maths will have to make a commitment to study English & maths (at GCSE or Functional Skills levels 1 or 2) alongside the main course. All applicants will be interviewed.
All students are admitted to the College on the basis they:
Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications.
Meet the course entry requirements
Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old
Where will I study?
You will be based in a ground floor studio in the Carlyle building next to the Chelsea Centre on Hortensia Road SW10 0QS, between the Kings Road and the Fulham Road.
The course, which is unit based, is structured in 3 distinct stages.
Introductory Stage – In the first six weeks students will undergo an intensive period of study covering two units, Introduction to materials, process and technical skills and contextual research. Students will have to pass the introductory stage assessment to continue onto the rest of the course.
Development Stage – Second half of the first term and throughout the Spring term. Through a series of linked projects and contextual research, students produce work to achieve five further course units: Drawing Skills, Communication Skills, 2D Creative Problems, 3D Creative Problems and 4D Creative Problems. Students will build a substantial portfolio of artwork with sketchbooks and a research folder.
Confirmatory stage – For the third term students will realise their own negotiated project. This personal project will contribute to a substantial piece of work that will help to confirm student’s ability to set and develop their own creative ideas and put them into practice.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
You will be told what to bring with you in a letter when you are invited for interview. This will normally consist of a portfolio of artwork including sketchbooks. You may also be required to bring ID such as a passport, certificates relating to qualifications and academic references.
What does the course lead to?
On successfully completing the course you will gain a nationally recognised UAL level 2 Diploma in Art & Design. Along with your portfolio this will help you progress onto a level 3 qualification in Art & Design or a related subject such as Fashion or Multimedia. We would always hope that our students will progress internally with us at KCC but this will be discussed with personal tutors prior to progression interviews. Internal progression at KCC requires students to have maintained an attendance and punctuality profile of not less than 90%.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
You will have one regular studio but will also study in other spaces around the department. The studios are well lit with natural light and is a warm and comfortable space to work. Plan chests are provided for the storage of work and lockers are available for a key deposit. The college has specialist photography facilities including a darkroom, a dedicated print studio for printmaking workshops and studio spaces for life drawing. There is a large exhibition space / lecture hall in the Chelsea building for lectures and a dedicated student restaurant/café. We have a well-stocked library with computers for research and written work. You will be consistently supported and taught by our team of highly qualified specialists in their respective fields with a high staff to student ratio.
How much should I study outside class?
Some work outside of designated college hours is necessary to complete the course and work on your portfolio is important. Home study projects are set and marked by tutors. The college VLE or MOODLE supports distance learning by providing a range of learning resources. Students are encouraged to use the studio for private study when available to extend their work.
How is the course assessed?
Each of the three stages of the course is assessed. The first assessment for units 1 & 2 is summative and confirms whether a student continues onto the second stage of the course. The second stage assessments in the Autumn & Spring terms will confirm consolidated learning. The final summative assessment is of the Personal Project at the end of the academic year. This assessment is graded and provides students with the final mark for the course. A UAL examiner externally moderates the Final Assessment for unit 8. These assessments follow the UAL guidelines and grades and work will be discussed with students after each assessment. This gives students the chance to discuss work and progress in an informal way. Regular attendance is essential to your success. Teaching methods include: tutorials, lectures, practical demonstrations, practice, seminars and visits to museums and galleries.
Are any course materials online?
Projects, timetables and notices will be put on to the VLE MOODLE for students to access throughout the year. Examples of student work can be seen on our college twitter and Instagram accounts.
What books and equipment do I need?
Students will need to contribute to a studio fee of £75 to be paid at the start of the course. This will provide students with a toolbox with a range of basic equipment including acrylic paints, craft knife, scissors etc. This is invaluable to have as it encourages independent working and responsibility for one’s own tools and equipment.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
Students may have to contribute to entrance fees for some gallery exhibitions
If students are 19+ and do not have a full level 2 qualification then you may be eligible for free tuition fees on this course. Concessions are for the tuition fee only
Being a student at Kensington and Chelsea College, means you can expect a caring, friendly and inclusive learning environment. We will support you throughout your studies with us.
Our students benefit from:
- Tutorial Support
- Information advice and Guidance
- Counselling and personal support
- Access to learner support services
- Study centres at Chelsea & Kensington providing collections of books, journals, DVDs and access to PCs and on line learning materials
Financial support may be available to you. Please contact our Advice and Guidance (IAG) team on 020 7573 5333 who will be able to give you information about charitable trusts, career development loans, 16-19 Bursaries and the Learner Support fund (this helps eligible students with child care costs, travel and some material costs). There are also other schemes that may be able to help you regarding financial matters.
Additional Learning Support for students with disabilities or learning difficulties
Kensington and Chelsea College is committed to improving access to learning for all our students. Please tell us if you have any access requirements at any stage of the application process. The additional learning support team can provide help and information regarding your individual needs. For example, the team can provide information on hearing loop facilities, communication support (e.g. BSL), dyslexia support, physical access, equipment/software (e.g. JAWS). If you would like to discuss learning support contact Wendy Charles Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or a member of the team on 020 7573 5308. Further information about our services is available at www.kcc.ac.uk/inclusion/.
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