Foundation Course - Entrance Exam
Introduction (2 weeks)
Basic drawing techniques and investigation into ideas
In the introduction of the course we will cover the fundamentals as follows:
- Colour: Primary and secondary Light
These will be discussed and through drawing exploration by the students they will understand and be able to, with a set of techniques, complete a range of drawings.
Experimentation (5 weeks)
During this period the student will tackle a wide range of projects, spanning many areas of design. The aim of this phase is to enable the students to understand their own interests and abilities in preparation for the next stage
The experimental stage is to challenge the creativity of the student; through a set of established projects they will complete a variety of design work.
The projects are organized so that the students try elements of each discipline, from fashion, graphics and interior architecture.
The students however will be able to direct the outcome of the project. The projects are written to cover a range of mediums.
For example, the students will design a t-shirt, they will screen print their final design onto a shirt of their choice.
The students will work with photography, developing the basic skills required; they will visit a gallery; through their research and documented drawings they will even design a new brand.
Each project is written to encourage the student to develop their own ideas, they will start with a design brief, they are expected to research the topic, and produce a high quality body of work.
Specialisation (4 weeks)
Students will choose an area of design and engage in self-directed work. This will be discussed and agreed upon with the tutor.
At this stage, students should know which area of design interests them the most. The students will specialise in their chosen subjects and engage in self-directed work.
All these projects will be discussed and agreed in advance with the tutor. The tutor will be able to suggest projects, although the student will be encouraged to develop ideas and concepts of their own.
The specialisation phase will introduce students to the concept of writing and working to a brief it will give the students an understanding of how design works in the commercial world.
Each student will participate in a number of projects (at least 3) with some flexibility for those students that may still be unsure of what area to specialise in; Interior Architecture, Graphic Design or Fashion Design.
Presentation (1 week)
The student is expected to present their self-directed projects. They will also build a portfolio of their work, to show prospective degree courses.
An essential aspect of being a designer is compiling and presenting work. This short stage will be divided into two parts to helps students gain confidence in showing their work.
Students will give a short presentation (10 minutes maximum) of their best work. They will not aim to show everything that they have done, but focus in on projects that they feel have been successful and why.
Lastly each student will build a portfolio fit for degree level interviews. It will be neat, orderly and show the best of the students work. It will show finished pieces and very importantly the development process.
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