The extended route in art and design allows you to make an informed choice of which degree route you want to pursue and give you an introductory experience to different creative areas.
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. You will develop new ways of working by providing broad exposure to a range of pathways including Fine Art, Fashion, Visual Communication, Lens-Based Media, and Glass and Ceramics.
After completion of the first year of study, you can choose from our range of courses in; Fine Art, Fashion, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Glass and Ceramics and Photography, Video and Digital Imaging.
The extra year will also help you make the transition into higher education more smoothly. Midway through the course, you will specialise in an area you would like to pursue at degree level. You’ll be helped to gain access to the best course for you.
This course has exactly the same content and timetable as our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The difference is in the funding arrangements; the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is free for school-leavers aged 18 at the start of the course.
Teaching methods include practical studio-based work, supported by lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Experienced tutors will give regular feedback
and support as your work progresses.
You will progress through this year developing skills that will assist you as you enter your chosen subject specialism.
Successful completion of the extended year leads to an automatic place on University of Sunderland honours degree.
You will explore different ways of working and a range of skills as you develop your practice in a range of art and design areas. As you experience different approaches and skills you will be best placed to progress into the specialism you want. You will explore different ways of working and a range of pathways including:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
You will choose an area you would like to pursue at degree level in response to the pathways you have experienced. You will develop your knowledge of the creative process, skills in critical thinking and experience of interpreting set projects. At the same time, you will develop a portfolio to help present your work and research in a professional manner.
Students often gain experience with live projects or work experience in exhibitions and art events. Every year there are several study visits to help inspire your own studies.
Based on your experiences so far, you will develop your own project within your chosen pathway. This project at the end of the first year is assessed to give your final grade, encouraging experimentation at all of the earlier stages of the course.
The academic team will encourage you further to develop the independent study skills that are necessary for degree level study and careers in the creative industries.
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Our typical offer is 32 UCAS points from a minimum of one A Level or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
There is usually a requirement for three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If necessary, these qualifications can be achieved during the foundation course. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
We are interested in your creative potential, please prepare a portfolio of work. Your portfolio should be simply mounted and accompanied by preparatory work, including sketchbooks, which are an important feature. Where possible, 3D and large 2D work should be photographed. Digital and screen-based work should be saved on a CD or memory stick.
Suitable items for a portfolio include:
If you are an international applicant, please send a link to your online portfolio.
The annual fee is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This extended programme gives you a full year to explore different creative areas. The programme forms the first year of a four-year route towards gaining a BA (Hons) degree with us, providing you with a range of art and design skills. The first year of an Extended Degree is not a qualification in its own right, but when you successfully complete it you are guaranteed a place on our full undergraduate programme.
If you want to pursue a creative undergraduate degree but have limited experience of hands-on making, or lack the relevant academic qualifications, our Extended Degree programme will prepare you to enter one of our BA (Hons) undergraduate programmes.
Most students progress from our foundation course to an honours degree. If you wish to continue to study at the University of Sunderland, you can choose from our range of courses in:
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Art and Design Extended courses 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.