Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

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Overview

Described as one of the strongest and most distinctive foundation programmes in the country, this course will enable you to develop the necessary skills and portfolio to apply to a range of art and design degree courses.

The various creative projects you will undertake will allow you to experience a range of ideas, materials, processes and technologies.

Individual diagnostic projects and tutorials will help you to distil and identify your main areas of interest and make an informed application to a degree course with the support of an experienced staff team.

At the end of the course, direct progression onto Manchester School of Art's degree programmes is available to those who meet the required academic standard.

Find out more about this course, staff and facilities and view student work at www.art.mmu.ac.uk/foundation

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Foundation graduates go on to study a wide range of BA (Hons) courses at Manchester School of Art and other institutions across the UK. Following completion of a degree programme our graduates then go to establish themselves within a wide range of professions in the art and design world. These include careers as creative consultants, artists, curators, gallery owners, textile designers, fashion designers, product and furniture designers, illustrators, retail buyers, theatre and set designers, graphic designers, art critics and journalists, photographers, film-makers, animators, stylists, interior designers and architects.

Our Alumni include:
Sarah Burton: Fashion Designer & Creative Director at Alexander McQueen, Dean Hughes: Artist & Head of Undergraduate Study at Edinburgh College of Art, Andy Soup: Film-maker, Animator & Music Video Production, Nick Sharratt: Children's Book Illustrator, David Hoyland: Director of Seventeen Gallery, Amy Thomas: Artist, Nabil El Nayal: Fashion Designer, Oliver East: Illustrator & Artist's Book publications, Bruce Bell: Construction Designer & Architect, Genevieve Bennett: Interior Textiles Designer & Colour Consultant, Mike Mercer-Brown: Graphic Designer, Paul Harfleet: Artist & Garden Designer, Zoe Hitchens: Art Director & Fashion Film Director, Charlie Lightening: Documentary Film Director, Chantelle King: Tablet Designer at Vanity Fair Magazine, Nicolas Byrne: Painter, David Longshaw: Fashion Designer.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

We will interview you as part of your application.

We will ask for a portfolio of your work as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

48

48 from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate points

24

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any section

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

In Term 1 you will be introduced to a wide range of creative activities to develop your practical and conceptual skills, helping to make choices for your future area of study. Individual guidance is given from an experienced range of staff on the options best suited to your work and future ambitions. The typical programme of study may include:

In Term 2 you will confirm the specialisation that you wish to follow at degree level, and progress your application for your chosen degree place. You will also develop your own personal methodology, enabling you to work with a high level of creativity and independence. The typical programme of study may include:

In Term 3 you will produce an exhibition of your final major project alongside the BA Degree Show and complete preparation for BA course entry.

Additional information about this course

This course is exempt from University Assessment Regulations and adheres to the regulations set out by Edexcel and BTEC.

Manchester School of Art

Our School of Art is the second oldest design school in Britain, offering courses designed to serve specialist industry needs and give students the tools for their chosen career.

Like the city of Manchester, the school prides itself on being creative, unconventional and professional, providing a broad range of architecture, art, design, media and theatre undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a unique creative environment that encourages creative collaboration across the disciplines.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Home, EU, and Channel Islands students:

Students under 19 at 31st August: No tuition fee.

Students aged 19+: to be confirmed

Non-EU international students:

£14,500 per year

Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£60

£60 Materials Fee is a compulsory cost, to cover basic studio materials and paper throughout the year. Estimated additional costs - there are costs associated with producing a portfolio such as print out costs and the cost of an A1 folio case. Some students wish to also have their own laptop and books. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

Money Matters

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How to apply

Please apply directly to the University using the following application form.

After completing the application form, please e-mail to adm.artdes@mmu.ac.uk

Home/EU candidates who are applying for September 2019 entry should return their applications by 14 December 2018 to ensure an interview.

If you are invited for an interview we will also send you details of an entry project which you should bring with you. Find out more

Please note: international students are required to complete the entry project as part of their application.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

MANCHESTER IS YOUR CITY. BE PART OF IT.

Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

Confirmation of Regulator
The Manchester Metropolitan University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. More information on the role of the OfS and its regulatory framework can be found at officeforstudents.org.uk.

All higher education providers registered with the OfS must have a student protection plan in place. The student protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. Access our current Student Protection Plan.

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