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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Duncairn Arts Centre
  • Millennium Court Arts
  • New and Blue (Seacourt print workshop)
  • Seacourt Print Workshop
  • Surface Arts
  • Belfast Print Workshop

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Artist
  • Artist in Residence
  • Printmaking Technician
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Assistant Technican
  • Self-employed trainer for charities

Overview

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Foundation Studies is an exciting and intensive practice-based programme through which you can explore a range of art and design disciplines

Summary

Study Art and Design (Foundation Year for Specialist Degrees) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This course will enable you to explore a wide range of disciplines through a practical and diagnostic experience in art and design. This course is full-time for one academic year from September to June and is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical demonstrations, workshop practice, studio critiques, seminars and individual tutorials. These are further supported with guest lectures and workshops, 'live' briefs with outside organisations, field trips and online materials to enhance your learning experience.

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About this course

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About

In Semester I you will have a diagnostic experience of a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional disciplines, which address some of the fundamentals of theory and practice. An experimental drawing programme will develop your observational skills, your ability to draw, to explore alternative means of drawing and to record visual information from a variety of sources. In addition a series of workshops will introduce you to the context of art & design in the world around you.

In Semester II students select from the array of specialisms in art, craft, design and media which are representative of undergraduate degree courses in art and design. At this point in time specialist members of staff tutor your interests and ability; independent learning, critical thinking and resolutions are encouraged. Experimentation and development in your chosen discipline area and theoretical and contextual studies content is extended with particular emphasis on your chosen discipline area.

Attendance

The course is full-time and students are expected to attend campus five days a week, 9:30am-4:30pm each day, except Wednesday which is 9:30am-1:15pm. Students will be advised of days when they are not expected on campus e.g. public holidays, assessment etc. These will be highlighted in the semester timetables issued at the start of the academic year, with any changes and additional information sent to students through Blackboard notification and/or email.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The requirement for this course is 160 UCAS tariff points to include grades CC.

BTEC

The requirement for this course is 160 UCAS tariff points.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to grade CCCC.

Scottish Highers

The requirement for this course is 160 UCAS tariff points

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBB.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The requirement for this course is 160 UCAS tariff points

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CC.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 48%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include English Language at minimum grade C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Submission of a satisfactory portfolio.

Teaching and learning assessment

Lectures will introduce the historical and contemporary practices and discourses in drawing across art and design disciplines. Discussing the origins, purpose, roles and effects of such practices to build students knowledge and understanding.

Seminars will provide opportunities for students to explore issues emerging from the lecture programme, to listen to contributions from peer group members, to articulate ideas and to reflect on emerging discussions.

Tutorials will give students advice and monitor student’s individual progress. During tutorials key areas for enhancement will be identified and work strategies will be discussed.

Practical exercises will normally be embedded within workshop sessions and are conducted by module staff. These sessions provide students with clear guidelines on the usage of specific techniques, materials and processes.

Critiques will provide opportunities for students to reflect on their work, articulate carefully considered constructive criticism, and realise the potential of peer learning. Students will have the opportunity to present their work in progress, to reflect on and evaluate their work and to listen to peer views. There are three key elements of critiques: self-reflection, constructive criticism and peer learning.

Students will be directed to view all lecture notes, resources, workshop hand-outs and key tasks on Blackboard Learn.

Students will be expected to engage fully in all aspects of the programme.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Duncairn Arts Centre
  • Millennium Court Arts
  • New and Blue (Seacourt print workshop)
  • Seacourt Print Workshop
  • Surface Arts
  • Belfast Print Workshop

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Artist
  • Artist in Residence
  • Printmaking Technician
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Assistant Technican
  • Self-employed trainer for charities

Career options

The course maintains an excellent record of student progression onto degree courses. Since 2012, consistently over 95% of our students entered undergraduate programmes in Art and Design at Ulster University or at other tertiary institutions in the UK and Ireland.

Apply

Applications to BA Hons Art and Design (Foundation) at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Rachel Glynne

T: +44 (0)28 95367442

E: r.glynne@ulster.ac.uk

Student Services Centre

T: +44 (0) 28 9536 7202

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk