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. These are Fine Art, Visual Communication, Fashion / Textiles and 3D Design.
The course, which is unit based, has three stages; Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory. The course culminates with a Final Major Project, which generates a self-directed body of work for the end of course exhibition. Contextual studies and Art History are integrated and you are required to produce two pieces of 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.
• Tutors are practising artists & designers and include: Justin Hibbs, Sara Knowland, Rachel Wilson, Gillian Fielden, Jane Eyton, Manon Droz, Daniela Rizzi, Paul Gildea and Matthew Kolakowski amongst others.
• Emphasis throughout is on acquiring and developing creative and technical skills through research and studio projects.
• There is an opportunity to show work in two exhibitions during the course.
• Personal studio workspace and lots of opportunity for tutor contact.
• All students have a personal tutor who will offer advice, guidance and feedback and steer you through the processes of applying through UCAS to undergraduate courses.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
Applicants are expected to have successfully completed GCSE’s or A Level’s in Art & Design, related subjects or have some equivalent proven experience. They should have a strong interest in contemporary art & design. You will also need good levels of writing skills in English and basic computer skills. Ideally you should have English & maths at grade 4 or above.
What does the course lead to?
Many of our students successfully apply to Fine Art undergraduate study or related courses in Visual Communication, Design or even Architecture. Further study at KCC leads to the one year HNC in Fine Art but it is possible to complete a BA Hons in Fine Art with us. Our students have progressed to all the London art schools including the Goldsmiths, Chelsea, Central St. Martins, Camberwell, Wimbledon, London Metropolitan, Middlesex, Kingston, along with other prestigious colleges within the UK.
Where will I study?
The studios are on the ground floor of the Carlyle building on Hortensia Road. Some sessions and exhibitions will take place in the Chelsea Centre next door.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
The studios contain personal work spaces, a small range of tools and equipment and Mac computers. Access to other facilities such as the print and photography studio is possible through workshops. Students have free internet access through the library.
How much should I study outside class?
You will need to carry out independent research at home and visit galleries; plus some written work will need to be produced outside of course hours (approximately 6 hours per week).
How is the course assessed?
Projects have deadlines and assessments take place throughout the year. Your grades will be discussed with you and written feedback is given. A range of assessment methods are used including group critiques, individual tutorials, marking of written assignments, student exhibitions, etc.
Are any course materials online?
Project briefs and course documents are placed on the student VLE MOODLE for students to access throughout the year.
What books and equipment do I need?
You will need to buy your own materials and equipment. At the start you will need an A4 or A3 sketchbook and 2 ‘research’ folders. Further information will be given at the start of the course. A camera is useful but not essential.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
All students make a contribution of £90 studio fee. This goes toward the collective costs of mounting the 2 course exhibitions, exhibition visits, workshop materials and mounting materials.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
You will need to bring a substantial portfolio of work containing recent examples of your work. You will also need to bring any sketchbooks and a selection of drawings from observation. In addition you will be asked to bring along a recent essay or other example of your written English e.g. an exhibition review.
The course is free to students who are under 19 at the start of the course.
UK and EU students over 19 are eligible for a student finance loan and maintenance loan. The loans do not need to start to be repaid until you are earning £21,000 per year. College advisers can assist with applications. Further information is available on our website at https://www.kcc.ac.uk/news/aged-19-or-over-discover-a-new-and-easy-way-to-pay-your-course-fees/ , call us on 020 7573 5333, or enrol in person.
All students are admitted to the College on the basis that they:
• Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
• Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications.
• Meet the course entry requirements
• Provide a reference if requested to do so
How to apply
For more details, please click APPLY NOW at the top of this page, call us on 020 7573 5333, or enrol in person.
Supporting our learners
Being a student at KCC, means you can expect a caring friendly 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, libraries at Wornington and Hortensia providing collections of books, journals, DVDs and access to PCs and online learning materials.
Financial support may be available to you, including a student loan. Please contact an Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) advisor on 020 7573 5325 who will be able to give you further information.
Additional Learning Support for students with disabilities or learning difficulties
KCC 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 please phone 020 7573 5308. Further information about our services is available from Wendy Charles-Martin head of Learner services firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7573 5374 or Mark Bradley head of Additional Learning Support email@example.com 020 7573 5340.
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Information on this course fact sheet was correct at time of publication; however course offers and details may be subject to change.