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Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art, Design and Media FdA

Buckinghamshire New University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Location

    Buckinghamshire New University

  • Study mode

    Flexible learning

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 Years

Course summary

**Course Overview**Looking to extend your knowledge and skills to develop your practice towards a future as an artist or a career in the arts and creative industries? Discover the freedom to define your artistic methods and research methodologies as you find the best way to express your creative vision. We encourage you to use a broad range of techniques, becoming more analytical and inquisitive in art, design and media. **Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.Led by our dedicated and supportive course team, you will have the freedom to explore all areas of art as a multidisciplinary subject. During your time with us you’ll get direct access to guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities.As well as this, you’ll have access to a range of our state-of-the-art facilities where we have our specialist workshops and equipment, from wood and mental work to 3D printing and screen printing, there are many ways for you to express your creativity. **What facilities can I use?**Not only will you be able to benefit from our Red Shed which homes some of our textiles and fashion, screen printing and letterpress equipment, but you’ll also have access to our remarkable, fully-equipped photographic studio. You yourself will have your own personal working space in our Foundation Studies in Art, Design and Media studio space. Here you can create whatever your heart and mind desires. As well as these specialist facilities, we also have a range of mac suites with the latest Adobe Creative software for you to use.**What will I study?**During the year, you will work on practical studio-based projects, which will be developed with critiques, lectures, workshop activities, and a gallery visit. You will be able to identify your particular creative strengths and produce increasingly personal, informed and sophisticated outcomes within your chosen discipline.The course is divided into three main sections: the Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory Stages.The Exploratory stage considers the inquisitive, open-minded and experimental use of media and materials, and explores different approaches to researching and gathering information. During this stage you are ‘inducted’ into many of the workshops available at the University.The Pathway stage explores a series of more focused projects across five options – Fine Art, Lens Based & Digital Media, Visual Communications, 3D Design, and Fashion &Textiles. During this stage you can begin to build a specialised, well-presented and thoughtful portfolio of work.During the Confirmatory Stage you would work within one of the specialist option areas, working on a long project. The final project will highlight your creative abilities, harnessing your interests and give you experience of working on a large project.**How will I be taught and assessed?**We make sure our students get good contact time with our staff, creating a more intimate and friendly work environment. We have a wide range of well-equipped workshops where you can use a variety of 3D fabrication processes using wood, metals, plastics, as well as a diverse range of printmaking techniques to support studio activity. You’ll also be able to study in our computer suites, photography studios and library.Course staff are also practicing artists and designers, they know all about contemporary creative practice . We give you the chance to join in with guest lectures, giving you an insight into university learning.At BNU, even after you leave you’re still part of our community. Our graduates form a network throughout the cre

Tuition fees

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£ 5,500per year

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Entry requirements

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One A-level and three GCSEs at Grade A-C or equivalent. A portfolio of work and interview will also be necessary.


University information

Buckinghamshire New University

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  • Campus address

    Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    76th out of 85 20

    86th out of 97 10

    101st out of 103 3

  • Entry standards

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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
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  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%


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    3.96 79%


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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    42.0 42%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%



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