What do I learn?
Topics covered include; visual studies; 2D and 3D design studies; print/textiles; fashion; graphics; fine art; jewellery; product design; lens-based media; information technology; art history and contextual studies.
Studio activities are supported by a series of lectures and seminars and you are assigned a personal tutor. Written works form part of the course assessment.
Working closely with your tutors you identify your creative strengths and produce a final project which is part of the exhibition at the end of the course. You learn in our excellent facilities and studios doing practical assignment-based learning supported by reflection and evaluation. As well as regular visits to museums and galleries the course may include an overseas trip. Recent trips have included visits to New York Berlin and Prague.
What do I gain?
The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design gives you experience of Level 4 work in your specialist area of study the final project is assessed at Level 4. You gain a portfolio and improve your knowledge and confidence too.
What do I need?
Applicants for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design must be 17 years old or above, have 2 A-levels or equivalent (e.g. an extended diploma in one of the arts), and have a portfolio of work and attend an interview at Reading College.
What can I do next?
The majority of students progress to higher education and succeed in securing places at universities and art colleges throughout the country. There is a vast range of art and design subjects available in higher education including: interior design, theatre design, photography, computer animation, film and TV studies, jewellery design, design, crafts, constructed or printed textiles, fashion design, fashion journalism, illustration, architecture, graphic design, painting, fine art, ceramics, glass, transport design, sculpture, product design, printmaking and more.
What else do I need to know?
The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £6,300 per year.