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International Preparation Course in Art and Design

WJEC Diploma

Foundation diploma

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course W990

Key facts

Award
International Preparation course in Art and Design
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Dartmouth Avenue
Course length
One year full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W990
Campus Code: N/A

Entry requirements

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as A Level Art and Design or another creative subject. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit a creative portfolio of work as part of the selection process.

Develop your art and design skills while studying an intensive English language programme.

  • Receive exceptional support in all areas of creative practice.
  • Develop your English language skills through weekly taught sessions running parallel with studio practice.
  • Access world-class facilities while working alongside undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Learn new skills and build your confidence as a creative practitioner and global citizen in this intensive one year programme. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your technical skills in art and design (alognside UK students), while building your confidence in communication through an intensive programme of English language.

You'll have access to excellent facilities and support from dedicated technicians. In addition, you’ll benefit from an outstanding programme of visiting speakers, including internationally acclaimed artists, designers and curators.

What you'll learn

Overview

The course focuses on the development of studio practice towards a comprehensive portfolio of work in preparation for study at degree level. You’ll develop practical and thinking skills as you navigate through the course with increasing levels of independence and confidence.

Initially, you’ll be introduced to a range of approaches in two and three-dimensional media, including ceramics and sculpture, fine art, fashion, graphic design, photography, textiles, and three-dimensional design. By the end of the course you’ll be working in one specialist area, producing a self-initiated project in preparation for progression onto the first year of your chosen degree course.

You'll learn to analyse, reflect, and communicate, both verbally and visually, as well as developing practical skills in your chosen discipline/s. Central to your development will be the advancement of skills in drawing and in written and spoken language. An intensive programme of English sessions will advance your language skills, culminating in an English test to support your further study at Bath Spa University.

Course structure

The programme is 35 weeks long and runs from September until June. The programme will be taught over 5 days each week, with one day allocated to drawing, one day to English language and three days to developing skills in Art and Design practice. Practice sessions will be taught alongside UK students studying our Foundation Course in Art and Design.

Stage one
You’ll  be experimenting with materials, techniques and processes. You'll establish a way of working that is playful and analytical through short and intensive projects. A range of inductions and workshops will support your practice, alongside weekly workshops in drawing. A series of English language sessions will focus on developing your confidence to communicate orally. As a means of supporting your transition to living and working in the UK, you will engage in a series of visits and trips.

Stage two
You’ll extend your practical ability with materials and processes to professional levels and identify and develop a specialist progression route. You’ll build a portfolio containing evidence of how selections were made and display a developing professional awareness of the application of media and processes appropriate to your chosen subject areas.

You’ll be encouraged to develop creativity through conceptual risk-taking and continued experimentation with media, and will appreciate the fundamental role that workbooks, drawing books, log books and journals play both in personal creative development and professional practice. Educational visits form an essential component of the course. Visits and lectures from professional artists and designers will enrich your experience of the world of work and reinforce decision making and selection of specialism.

Your English language will be advanced to encompass writing, alongside a development of the spoken word, through workshops and individual tutorials.

Stage three
You’ll be required to select a theme or topic for a self-managed major piece of personal work. In order to contextualise your chosen programme of activity you will be required to reflect on progress and achievement to date, identify project aims, objectives and influences, and negotiate resource implications.

You’ll work independently and with commitment and initiative, taking responsibility for progress and managing time and resources effectively in order to achieve targets. Ongoing reflection and analysis should inform and determine your results, with problem solving and evaluative skills effectively utilised throughout the project and evidenced via documentation and explanation in workbooks, plans, notebooks, etc.

Your learning undertaken in English will culminate in a language test that will evidence English skills appropriate for study at level 4, and you will receive support with any future UK study visa application. As the course concludes, you will be expected to create ambitious outcomes that reflect your skills and interests in a professional exhibition that is open to the public.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through portfolios, journals, presentations, essays and practical work. Your learning in English will culminate in a language test that will evidence English skills appropriate for study at level 4. There is no formal examination.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through workshops in a variety of 2D and 3D media, alongside studio-based and contextual modules. You’ll take part in lectures and seminars, 1:1 and group tutorials, demonstrations, work placements, critiques, cultural visits, and projects. We also make use of visiting creative professionals to deliver guest lectures.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As an International Preparation Year in Art and Design student you’ll be taught at Sion Hill campus. You’ll benefit from access to specialist art and design facilities.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £6,000
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as A Level Art and Design or another creative subject. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. You’ll be required to submit a creative portfolio of work as part of the selection process.

English language and international requirements

English language requirements for international and EU applicants are IELTS for UKVI with 5.0 overall (4.5 in each component). We will need proof that applicants have had 12 years of schooling (i.e. secondary school graduation certificate). You will also need to be successful in our assessment of your portfolio of work.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should consist of a selection of creative work alongside an example of your written work, which should be a contextual analysis of approximately 1,000 words. Your creative work should demonstrate how your skills and ideas have developed over time, and your creativity and personality should be evident. The portfolio could include drawings, paintings, sketchbooks, design development, written notes etc. Remember that you are not submitting everything you have done, but a selection of what you consider to be your strongest work.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Contact our admissions team at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Dan Allen

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