Design Foundation Course

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Course Structure: The Design Foundation Course is divided into Introduction, Experimentation, Specialisation and Presentation. In the introduction, the course will cover the fundamentals as follows:

  • Visual Communication
  • Colour Theory
  • Drawing Skills

The experimentation stage is to challenge your creativity and to enhance your skills. You will work with traditional media, photography and computers to develop the basic skills required; through research and exploratory drawings, you will create some basic design projects.

Each project is designed to encourage you to develop your own ideas and to familiarise you with the design process to produce a high-quality body of work and cover a range of design-industry-standard mediums.

In the Specialisation stage, you will decide which area of design interests you the most. You will be involved in graphic, interior and fashion projects. The Specialisation stage will also introduce you to the concept of working with a given brief, and it will give you an understanding of how design works in the commercial world.

An essential aspect of being a designer is compiling and presenting your work. The Presentation stage will be divided into two parts to help you gain confidence in showing your work:

First, you will give a short presentation of your work, where you focus on the relevant parts of your projects and explain your design options. Then, you will build a portfolio fit for degree level interviews. It will show finished pieces along with research, development and the thinking process.

Why should you take the Design Foundation Course at Marbella Design Academy? The Design Foundation Course is suitable for students who cannot enter directly into our 3-year Bachelor of Arts with Honours Validated Programmes or are unsure which programme to pursue.

Jean-Pierre has been a professional designer and teacher for more than 20 years within the fields of graphic, industrial, interior and web design. Jean-Pierre is passionate about design and the thinking process associated with it. He is always looking for a creative outside the box solution.

Classroom teaching is supported by comprehensive study materials and resources developed by the Marbella Design Academy, including access to all workshops and facilities. Internationally qualified tutors, with a strong backgrounds in the industry, will developed the students skills and knowledge, preparing them for the ambitious undergraduate validate programme.

To ensure that all students have the opportunity to access our three-year undergraduate design programmes, we are now offering the very flexible opportunity of attending this Design Foundation Course, either at the Academy itself or even without leaving the confines of the home.

Any student that chooses to attend virtually will still benefit from 100% tutor attention and guidance through an interactive live streaming system.  Students will be able to connect with our tutor in real-time and ask any questions they might have as they arise.

Choose to attend the Design Foundation Course at Marbella Design Academy in house or online from home.

This 12-week Design Foundation Course is the perfect solution for students that:

  • Do not fulfil the entrance requirements for entering our three-year Bachelor of Arts validated programmes.
  • Are in doubt as to which BA (Honours) validated programme in Design to choose.

Computer help for students:

Should students have a problem with their computer, then we can strongly recommend using WEBCOMUNICA in Monda. JJ (the owner) is a genius when it comes to fixing computer problems. JJ can help students with their PC or MAC problems for a special Marbella Design Academy student price. Students can call JJ any time on +34 686 515 371 or can pass by his shop in Monda, in Calle Hospital 6.

When the Design Foundation Course has been completed the students can continue on the *Bachelor of Arts validated three-year programmes in Interior Architecture & Design, Graphic Design & Media or Fashion Design & Development.

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