University of the Arts London

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Access to HE Diploma: Design

Course Description

Content Develop a Design portfolio that will launch you into University and graphic or 3D, interior and spatial design studies, on this highly professional one-year progression course. Designed for those who may not have previous or recent practice in art and design and may also want to change career direction, you will be nurtured within an already specialist Arts University environment in advance of meeting the standards required to learn at degree level. You can expect … You can expect this 9 month Access course to teach you the key design principles of freehand drawing, markmaking, materials exploration, modelmaking and idea and design development. Additionally it will enable you to critically evaluate and understand your own developing skills, abilities and practice. You will build up a number of sketchbooks, that will demonstrate how you have developed your ideas and recorded information in your application of the design process, and you will learn how to write academically about your research experience. The significance of design history and theory will also inform your understanding and appreciation of this discipline, and this will extend to non-Western art in recognition of its multi-cultural context. Your creative output will be drawn together in a portfolio with special focus on how to use this to present your individual approach, which should be considered your greatest asset. There are also opportunities to attend workshops on presentation and communication techniques in order to improve your performance at interview for University. Students on this course come from a wide variety of backgrounds and previous educational experiences, particularly those who may otherwise find it difficult ‘not have the opportunity’ to participate in higher education. Students of this course may progress onto various design degree courses specialising in disciplines such as Graphic and Media Design, Interior Design or Architectural Design, Surface Design, Interactive & Moving Image amongst others that may be available at LCC. This course is taught within the School Of Design at LCC. Structure Part 1: Preparation The key principles and practice of a design education are introduced, through a series of weekly exercises and developing projects. You will be introduced to the skills and practice of observational and design drawing, practical and experimental modelmaking, research and idea development, study skills and academic writing. Part 2: Practice The practical skills and knowedge introduced in Part 1 are further developed in specific design exercises and projects, which will introduce you to the elements of spatial exploration, interior design, architectural form, visual thinking and critical reflection, on your developing areas of interest and practice. This period culminates in the development and preparation of a portfolio of work from the course, to apply to BA and Foundation degree courses including interior design. Part 3: Personal Project Following the application to higher education period (late February, early March), you will develop and work on a self-iniated integrated design and research project. This will be developed through individual and group tutorials and prepare you for the independent thinking and study which will be expected at undergraduate level.

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Current Higher Education Degree Offers | 2013 Currently this year 2012-13, students on the Access: Design course have received degree offers from over 30 courses both within UAL and from other universities. These include: London College of Communication BA (Hons) Advertising BA (Hons) Animation BA (Hons) Games Design BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media BA (Hons) Spatial Design BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies Camberwell College of Art BA (Hons) Graphic Design FdA Illustration Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Architecture: Spaces and Objects BA (Hons) Criticism, Communication and Curation BA (Hons) Graphic Design BA (Hons) Product Design BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism BA (Hons) Jewellery Design Chelsea College of Art BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication FdA Interior Design London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development Wimbledon College of Art BA (Hons) Theatre and Screen: Technical Arts and Special Effects BA (Hons) Theatre and Screen: Theatre Design BA (Hons) Theatre and Screen: Set Design for Screen Previous Years: In 2010-11 over 30 students who were successful in achieving the Diploma, obtained places on BA and Foundation degree course both in the School Of Design at LCC and other universities. These courses included: BA (Hons) Interior Design - London College of Communication. BA (Hons) Interior Design - Middlesex University, BA (Hons) Interior & Spatial Design - Chelsea College of Art & Design, BA (Hons) Architecture: Spaces & Objects - Central St Martins College of Art & Design, BA (Hons) Interior Decoration - Southampton Solent University, BA (Hons) Design - Goldsmiths College, University of London, BSc Architecture - University of East London, BA (Hons) Architecture - University of Brighton, BA (Hons) Interior Design - University College Falmouth, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture - London Metropolitan University Enterprise and employability at UAL We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. Staff in our Centre for Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) are dedicated to helping you build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. You will also benefit from our many relationships with industry, which give our students exclusive opportunities and access to networks and funding. Artists and designers tell us they value UAL's informed engagement with their career and professional practice development and our ability to offer them practical advice, guidance and opportunities across the wide spectrum of possible professional pathways - as entrepreneurs and employees. Staff value the resources and skills UAL makes available to help them deliver effective professional and career development through the curriculum. Find out more ArtsTemps (SEE) is the UAL in-house recruitment agency placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University. Creative Opportunities (SEE) is the UAL job vacancy and work placement website for students and graduates and advertises hundreds of creative job and placement opportunities each month. Get more information and advice on employment and creative careers for all UAL students and graduates.

Access to HE Diploma: Design University of the Arts London