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About the Course
The Art Foundation Diploma at Morley College London is an intensive programme of study in fine art, accredited by UAL London. Expand your experience, knowledge and skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital media, mixed media (textiles), and contextual studies, and build a portfolio to gain a place at University. Projects are underpinned by one-to-one tutorials, group criticism, self-directed study, gallery visits, and a contextual studies programme. You will document your work throughout the year using a sketchbook, and at the end of the year you will showcase a self-initiated project in a group exhibition in Morley Gallery.
By the end of the course you will be able to
use a sketchbook for research purposes, for drawing, collecting, recording and exploring ideas
use different fine art media to explore and use visual language
research and develop work in 2D, 3D and digital media
develop research skills in historical, theoretical and practical contexts
use different ways to explore, analyse and discuss your own work and that of your peers
develop and consolidate ideas, and build a portfolio of work for application to Higher Education or other further study
Class format and activities
You are expected to work outside college one day a week for personal research, essay writing and developing your sketchbook.
Over the 3 terms, you will follow practical projects in
• Photography and digital media
• Mixed media (textiles)
Projects are underpinned by 1:1 tutorials, group crits, self-directed study, gallery visits, and a contextual studies programme. One of the strengths of Morley is that everyone has the opportunity to work in all of the above subject areas throughout the course and can join other art classes at Morley at a discount.
In November, you will start preparing a personal statement and digital portfolio for application to University. There are visits from lecturers from degree courses to give advice on portfolio building and some students (who are eligible) have the opportunity to attend extra portfolio preparation classes at UAL.
Over the 3 terms, you will submit work for assessment, and need to pass 7 units to gain the qualification. The final unit is to prepare work for exhibition in the Morley Gallery in July.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
• You must have an enthusiasm for fine art.
• Some previous experience in drawing and fine or applied art is essential.
• You must present a portfolio of work for evaluation at your interview.
• You must also have achieved a minimum grade of C at GCSE level in English, be working at that level or have the capacity and time to work towards it.
• Most students are aged 19 or over and, if you are18, we recommend that you come to talk to us about the suitability of this course for you before applying. You should note that 18 year-olds must now have minimum grade Cs at GCSE in English and Maths to qualify for funding.
What you need to know before you enrol
If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 qualification you will not have to pay fees.
If this does not apply to you then you will have to pay fees, but you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to fund all or part of these. The Advanced Learner Loan will not be repayable if you go on to university and successfully achieve a degree.
Morley may also be able to assist with childcare and study related costs depending on your financial status and you may be eligible for financial help with buying course materials through the RFSA fund.
Applications must be made online.
If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to an interview with portfolio and an assessment.
The art foundation course is very demanding both in time and effort, and your tutors who are experienced practitioners in their fields will offer support and guidance throughout the year and with your university application. The course leader is also available to assist with problems and concerns. Additional support is available for those with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Most materials are provided - however there are some additional charges made at cost price for specialist print papers, etching metals, canvas and sculpture materials for the final project. If you are on a low income, you may be eligible for financial support with buying materials through the RFSA fund.
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