Foundation Degree Artist Designer Maker
Art and Design, Media, Photography
21 September 2022
To enter this course you will need GCSE passes in three subjects at Grade C or above, to include Maths and English Language (or equivalent). You will also need at least one of the following:
- 48 UCAS points - UCAS tariff calculator https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator
- Access to HE where you have achieved a Pass Diploma with 45 Passes
Please note that if you do not meet the grade criteria, then age and experience may be able to be taken into consideration.
A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who did not go to university after school or college. We will welcome applications from mature learners. On interview you would need to show:
- Personal enthusiasm for and immersion in the practice and theory of Art & Design
- Quality of work, ambition and skills demonstrated in a portfolio
- Show an ability to study at Level 4 & 5
In a nutshell
The Artist Designer Makers Foundation Degree will teach you how to creatively develop your own style, reflecting the imaginative way you see and communicate with the ever-changing world.
This course is for you if...
... You have creative flair
... You have skills and interests in design, craft and making
... You want to develop your skills to progress towards a career in design, craft and making.
What will I be doing?
This course is subject to validation.
The FD Artist Designer Maker is a course that has making at its heart. You will gain hands-on experience with materials from metals, glass and ceramics through to wood and textiles. Using traditional techniques along with the latest technology to create new and original ways of making.
You will develop your own unique style and consider where your work sits within creative practice. You will learn from professional practicing artists, designers and makers, sharing their passion and acquiring new skills.
- Ceramics - Modelling, throwing, mould making, casting, firing and glazing
- Metal - Small metalsmithing with copper, brass and silver, welding, soldering, and enamelling
- Wood - Joinery, marquetry
- Glass - Casting, fusing, slumping and painting
- Textiles - Stitch, print and construction
- Digital fabrication - 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D digital modelling, scanning, digital stitch, digital print textiles
You’ll learn to work independently and creatively in a variety of contexts, as we support your enthusiasm to design, manufacture, market and sell your own work.
We’ll support you in developing professional skills in every assignment, including creative problem solving, project management, working to a brief and completing work to a deadline.
Through continuous self-reflection, you will develop and identify personal strengths, helping you to recognise transferable skills and how they’ll be useful for future employment.
Subject: groundings - 40 credits
Subject: individual project - 20 credits
You will start your first year with workshops that introduce you to the materials, processes and equipment you will need for creative practice – from ceramics, textiles, wood, small metalsmithing, glass and digital fabrication. You will also explore the key concepts in practicing art and design through making.
Field one: collaborate - 20 credits*
You will take inspiration from other disciplines, artists and collaborate with other students to build on your experience and expand your creativity – and use your skills and artistic insight to apply them to your work.
Constellation: concept - 40 credits
You will be introduced to the wider world of ideas, theory and contextual studies to help you develop your academic research skills and critical thinking. You will focus on particular areas of interest in study groups and become familiar with the exciting trans-disciplinary research in art and design.
Subject: create - 40 credits
In this module you will move outside your comfort zone – taking risks and experiment with material process and new technologies. You will develop your skills in key areas – from ceramics, textiles, wood and metal through to 3D printing and laser cutting. Through peer critiques, themed seminars and tutorials, you will reflect on your artistic strengths and interests and present your research back to the group.
Field two: explore - 40 credits*
You will expand your experiences with challenging projects designed to encourage you to explore and experiment outside your immediate discipline. This transformative opportunity leads to new thinking and innovation – and opens up all kinds of future possibilities. You will take on exciting projects that challenge you in new ways.
Constellation: critique - 40 credits
By critiquing literature, journals and exhibitions, you will develop your ability to put your design practice into context. You will also have opportunities to interact with students and staff and delve deeper into your areas of interest.
You will enjoy a varied programme of cultural and inspirational trips, locally, nationally and internationally, giving you the opportunity to visit galleries and other relevant locations that will inform and enhance your work.
You will be part of a diverse creative environment which provides you with access to all kinds of industry standard facilities, benefitting from both traditional and high-tech equipment. In both years you will have your own dedicated workspace and the opportunity to work with a range of other specialist workshops and facilities in the college.
You will be assessed via coursework and a portfolio. Upon completion you will achieve the Foundation Degree in Artist Designer Maker accredited by Cardiff Metropolitan University
What is expected of me?
You should be able to manage your own time, know your programme of study, attend and engage in your classes, always have a sense of purpose and seek help whenever you need it.
What comes next?
This course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience for a career in artist design, craft and making or, to progress for a final year on to the Artist Designer: Maker BA (Hons) degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
This course is franchised by Cardiff Metropolitan University and is subject to validation.
The programme can be studied full time or part time.
Artist designer makers Materials Kit: £TBC
London Trip: £50
Exhibition Printing Costs: £30 - £50
Travel Costs: £100
International Trip: £400-£1000
Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?
Contact our Student Recruitment team