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Application for this course is via UCAS Institution Code: W66 Course Code: W201

The FdA Art & Design Practice (delivered in partnership with University of Plymouth) will develop skills in traditional disciplines and contemporary practices as well as exploring new media.

Year 1 (Level 4) will consist of five studio based and one professional practice module. Throughout these modules there will be a choice of sub briefs which will allow students to choose a project with equal learning experiences and opportunities allowing for outcomes appropriate for personal interests and professional aspirations.


Year 2 (Level 5) study is aimed at allowing students exploration and development of their personal creative practice and build upon their autonomy as practitioners.  Two modules will establish a foundation for personal art and design practice.  There is a project-based module giving the opportunity to define and explore a creative project allowing the student to develop their personal studio practice.  Two further modules will allow the student to identify and test their creative practice within the studio and to present their creative conclusions.  The final module will enable the student the opportunity to research and develop their professional persona and to establish an appropriate network of opportunities for their creative practice.


Entry Requirements

Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course. Applications are invited from a wide range of backgrounds including mature students who hold relevant work experience and/or qualifications, and/or learning through experience.  We also welcome applications from more recent Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3), A Level or BTEC Extended Diploma in General Art and Design students with 48 UCAS points achieved. International applicants will be required to have an IELTS score of 5.5/6 achieved within the last two years to apply for this course.  Applicants will normally be invited for interview and should be able to show a recent portfolio of work.

Course Content

Year 1: Initiating Creative Practice; Studio Practice 1: Fine Art; Studio Practice 2: Visual Communication; Studio Practice 3: Lens Based Media; Personal Studio Practice; Professional Context.


Year 2: Research; Creative Solutions; Negotiated Project; Development of Visual Language; Consolidation; Professional Identity.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through a combination of coursework and exhibition.


The course fees for all students for this course will be £6650 per annum for 2022/23. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website



Additional Course Costs

Additional costs include £60 for an art starter pack and typically £600 per annum to include residential, day trips and studio materials.  *Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.

Please note International Students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of their tuition fee.

Continuing Professional Development Award

The University of Plymouth Continuing Professional Award consists of up to 60 credits from Degree modules delivered at Weymouth College.  If you are an employer and looking to offer your employees the opportunity to develop their existing skills we will be happy to discuss the options available.

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