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Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W24PDGC01A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The 19+ UAL Art Foundation Diploma at Morley College Waterloo is an intensive part-time programme of study in Fine Art. Expand your experience, knowledge and skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital media, mixed media (textiles), and contextual studies. If you’ve been out of education for some time or are looking to build your academic confidence and a comprehensive portfolio ahead of undergraduate or postgraduate study, this course could be the perfect next step. The small cohort’s size of up to 16 students ensures that you will benefit from a high tutor-to-student ratio, working in a supportive and creative environment with tutors who are also art industry professionals. You will also have access to specialist support services and advice on finance and funding. Situated close to the cultural quarter of the Southbank, our facilities include purpose built and high quality studios for each discipline. The course culminates in a group exhibition in the prestigious Morley Gallery. Our students are guaranteed an interview at the University of the Arts and gain places at Central St Martins, Camberwell, Wimbledon and other major universities and colleges across the country including the Courtauld Institute, Goldsmiths and Middlesex University. Some students who have already studied other subjects at degree level go on to study at postgraduate level.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this 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 fine art media to explore and use visual language
  • Develop and consolidate ideas, and build a portfolio of work for application to higher education or other further study

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design [UAL]

Class format and activities

This part time course is taught on Mondays and Fridays 10:00 - 17:00 with students working independently for a minimum of one additional day a week for personal research, essay writing and developing a sketchbook and self reflective journal. Over the 3 terms, you will follow practical projects in: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography and digital media, Mixed media (textiles). Projects are underpinned by 1:1 tutorials, group appraisals, self-directed study, gallery visits, and a contextual studies programme. One of the strengths of the part time level 3 Art Foundation course run at Morley's Westminster site 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 free or 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 3 units to gain the qualification. The final unit is to prepare work for exhibition in the prestigious Morley Gallery in July.

Entry requirements

• 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. You may be required to sit a short English assessment.• This course is aimed at adult learners and our students are aged 19 or over.

What you need to know before you enrol

Occasionally, visiting lecturers are scheduled in between 4 and 5pm after the Monday or Friday classes. You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to fund all or part of these. 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 Advanced Learner or RFSA fund. For more information about financing your studies visit staging.morleycollege.ac.uk/access 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 with your work and with your university application. The course leader is also available to assist with problems and concerns. Please tell us if you have a disability, learning difficulty or mental health issue as we can offer you additional learning support and access to counselling from Morley's ALS Team. Applications must be made online. If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to an interview with portfolio and an assessment.

What you need

You will need access to the internet and a computer (desktop, laptop, tablet or iPad) that allows you to view images in a good size and quality. You will also be required to upload materials and links to share with your class and for assessment. A digital camera and/or smartphone with a camera is essential for documenting work. 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 and equipment through the advanced learner or RFSA fund.

What you can do next

The course is designed to provide advice and guidance in building a portfolio for application to Fine Art Degree programmes and other Higher Education courses at Art colleges and universities. Morley students are guaranteed an interview at University of the Arts for degree programmes such as painting, printmaking, design, photography, film, animation, illustration and sculpture. Our students gain places at major universities and colleges across the country including Central St Martins, Camberwell, Courtauld Institute, Ravensbourne, London Met, Kingston, Wimbledon, Norwich and Middlesex University and Goldsmiths. Some students who have already studied other subjects at degree go on to study at postgraduate level.


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