The KCC Foundation Preparation UAL Level 3 course consistently offers motivated learners the opportunity to develop their art and design portfolios for successful entry to the Level 4 Foundation Course and other art courses at KCC and University.
The course consists of 8 units which cover an introduction to:
- Visual language, research skills,
- critical and contextual awareness,
- and technical skills,
- 3D Sculpture,
- Printmaking and Photography.
- And, further units that integrate diverse approaches and develop personal projects.
The course is project based with an encouragement to develop personal ideas and a commitment to the development of drawing skills as a tool for the communication of ideas.
The UAL qualification seeks to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required to work independently and to direct their own learning.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
All applicants must have a portfolio of artwork; a minimum of GCSE, in Art, English and Maths grade A-C, or the equivalent, ICT and Design Technology would be an advantage. Applicants without any formal academic qualifications but with an outstanding portfolio of artwork should apply. If accepted they will enrol on Functional Skills, English and Maths and work towards gaining a level 2 qualification, the minimum for university entrance.
You may be an applicant with advanced qualifications and/or work experience, 19+ planning a career change or wanting to fulfil an ambition to study art but need to develop a stronger portfolio for a Foundation course place and university.
All applicants are asked to complete a questionnaire in which they review the work of a Foundation course to understand the expectations, standards and choices of higher level study.
What does it lead to?
The progression routes for learners are:
- 16-17 KCC National Diploma in Art Level 3
- 17-18 KCC Foundation Diploma in Art Level 4.
- 19 + KCC Foundation Diploma in Art Level 4
- 19 + BA / KCC HNC Fine Art Level 4
Previous students have progressed to the following courses:
- KCC, Foundation in Art, Foundation in Fashion, Multi Media,
- KCC National Diploma in Fashion
- CCW, CSM, LCC, Ravensbourne, Prince of Wales, UCA, Foundation
- Middlesex BA Fine Art
- UAL – London College of Fashion
- Hertfordshire BA Animation and Illustration,
- Plymouth College of Art – BA. Painting, Drawing, Printmaking
Where will I study?
You will be based in the Carlyle Building next to the Chelsea Centre on Hortensia Road, SW10 OQS. Between the Kings Road and the Fulham Road
What are the equipment and facilities like?
The large dedicated Foundation Prep studio space is based in a Victorian school building with tall windows along two sides, providing lots of natural daylight, there is overhead strip lighting when required, the studio is heated with radiators in the winter and is a comfortable space in which to work. The studio is equipped with studio easels for painting and drawing, A1 drawing boards, plan chests with drawers for the storage of flat portfolio work, racks for drying paintings, lockers for storing personal equipment. Other items are an interactive wipe board for teaching and lectures, a computer, a Pre-Foundation notice board, and a resources cupboard.
How much should I study outside class time?
Approximately 10-15 hours per week of independent study, research, journal
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed throughout each term, formatively with tutors and colleagues who provide feedback in response to the project outcomes. It is also assessed summatively in the form of 8 Units, Unit 1 & 2 offer the UAL level 3 Award, Units 3-8 complete the qualification of UAL Diploma in Art & Design Level 3.. Units 1-7 are graded as a pass, Unit 8 is graded as a Pass, Merit, or Distinction based upon the criteria and the evidence provided. To successfully complete the course all 8 units must be achieved.
Are any course materials online?
Yes all course information can be seen online on the college intranet, moodle
What books and equipment do students need?
Students will be required to purchase some equipment, including an A1 portfolio to hold flat artwork. The materials fee of £75 will provide a basic supply of materials for the course.
What else do I need to buy? / Are there any additional costs?
There is an annual studio fee of £75 to cover the supply of a basic set of art materials in a clear plastic Art Bin, pencils, charcoal, sharpener, rubber, brushes, set of acrylic paints, craft knife, A1 cartridge paper, some studio paints, exhibition entries, and final exhibition costs.
Repairs, renewals and replacement of equipment and tools
What do I need to bring to the interview?
- A portfolio of recent art work eg. Sketchbook(s), A1 /A2 works on paper, paintings, photographs, projects, Design Technology work, photographs of 3D work, Fashion designs,
- Certificates and / or evidence of qualifications
- Academic reference or contact details of an academic referee