Foundation Degree Art & Design

The Foundation degree is a 2 year programme in Art and Design that covers a broad range of specialist pathways and introduces you to contemporary practitioners while working with businesses, organisations and communities on live projects. The programme has been developed to integrate art and design practices and the creative industries, preparing you for higher education progression and employment.

2 Years
Full Time
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: BTEC Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Access to HE or A Levels in a related subject

Course Info

During the programme you will take part in workshops, live projects and client briefs, personal projects through an exploration of a wide range of media, processes and techniques that allow you to creatively develop your knowledge, skills and to produce creative portfolios of work. These sessions will include specialist workshops that will be delivered by visiting contemporary practitioners. Supporting these practical workshops you will also take part in theory sessions, critiques; lectures, exhibitions and visits to support your studies. These will be supported by Dean Clough galleries and the practicing artists who form part of the exciting and creative arts community at Dean Clough.

Throughout the 2 year programme you will study 9 modules which are designed to underpin the creative practice and industries, this is done through the use of the design cycle, developing ideas through visual analysis and communication, these will be supported by contextual studies through referencing and research the impact of others. The course is a combination of directed and personal briefs which will develop core underpinning skills and allow you to develop your specialist skills and knowledge across digital and traditional approaches encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach. Year 2 modules have been designed to create an individual learning experience that allows you to explore your talent and individuality.

As Higher Education student at Calderdale College, you will have access to traditional and digital facilities to develop your responses to project briefs and objectives. You have access to specialist equipment and workshops to develop individual and personal specialisms. Through these activities you will develop your skills and knowledge enabling you to progress to the Level 6 BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design Practice top-up, other institutions’ top-up programmes or into employment.

UCAS Code: WR19
The aim of the programme is to enable you to complete a Foundation Degree through a series of modules which will inform your own practice through practical, theoretical and vocational studies.The programme has been designed to deliver a learning experience and qualification that suits the intake of Level 4 students at the University Centre.

Year 1 Modules (Level 4)

Visual and material contextual research

Traditional and Digital Material Practice Exploration

Professional Practice in art and design

Working Methods, sources and References

Individual Project

Year 2 Modules (level 5)

Specialist Contextual Investigation and Research

Traditional and Digital Material Practice Personal Pathway

Professional Practice in the Creative Industries

Final Major Project: Advanced Specialist Skills/Exhibition


Teaching on the course is delivered through a variety of methods. These include:

Practical Workshops that will include media and material demonstrations that will guide and develop own work and demonstrate understanding of materials, media and techniques. Visiting practitioner will lead a number of practical workshops as part of a master class program.

Tutorials: This time will be embedded into the practical workshop and personal tutorials and are designed to support your progression and ensure that the knowledge learnt is contextualized

Independent Study: To develop autonomy and ownership of the knowledge and information gained to develop own practice.

Work Related: To work on live briefs with client defined outcomes and time scales.


Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This course will be a natural progression from the BTEC Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Access to HE or A Levels in a related subject.

Applications from mature students are welcome and need to be supported by a portfolio of work.

All applicants will be interviewed with a portfolio of relevant work and will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment