The extended route in art and design allows you to make an informed choice of which degree course to choose for undergraduate study. The extra year will also help you make the transition between further and higher education more smoothly.
You will have the opportunity to experience the full range of creative art and design subject areas, as well as gaining the research and study skills needed to progress further.
The first stage is split into four modules:
First, you will try exciting short projects in different pathways including: fine art practice, graphic design, glass and ceramics, fashion and textiles and photography and video skills and a broad understanding of the creative process.
Secondly, you will then choose one of these pathways and undertake longer and more developed project work. You are given opportunities to exhibit your work as well as support for constructing portfolios and blogs to showcase your own work.
Alongside this, you will research current practice as well as Art and Design History, developing your own, Critical Studies in response.
Finally, you will pick a theme for your Final Major Project and develop it over nine weeks. This allows you to bring on everything you have learned, establish personal interests and processes within the specialism that you will continue to study at degree level.
This course will help you develop new ways of working by providing exposure to our degree programmes in Fine Art, Glass and Ceramics, Photography Video and Digital Imaging, Fashion Product and Promotion, Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Animation and Games Art. You will develop transferable skills and interdisciplinary approaches that will enable you to excel within the creative industries that are supported by our specialist degree courses.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Art and Design Extended course can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. *By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.