Foundation Degree in Art and Design Professional Practice

With pathways in:

  • Fine Art
  • Illustration
  • Communication Design

About the Course

This FdA in Art and Design Professional Practice is delivered in partnership with Middlesex University and with employers in the Creative and Cultural Industries. The course prepares students to operate as informed, effective, responsive, and skilled professionals in Fine Art, Illustration, and Communication Design.

The course offers modules in:

  • Professional Practice (Fine Art, Illustration, or Communication Design)
  • Image Making Strategies
  • The Historical  Context of Art and Design
  • The Business Context of Art and Design
  • Career Engagement

Students will also have the opportunity to experience work placement in their chosen specialist area.

Download the course handbook for more information: FdA handbook 2010-11

About the College

The Working Men’s College was founded in 1854 to provide a liberal education for Victorian artisans and working people. The college has boasted artistic connections from its inception with early tutors including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Ruskin. Today our proud tradition of bringing elite art, design and craft to a wide audience continues not least as embodied in our Art and Design Foundation Degree.

What people say

In our latest external examination the examiner said:

“The continuation of high expectation of engagement from students is evident throughout the academic year, and the staff, clearly encourage, a level of rigour in the working practice of students, whilst offering support, and clear critical appraisal.”

“The practical project work in years 1 and 2 continue to place clearly expressed requirements, through well thought out and written project briefs. These briefs address the subject of each assignment, in a realistic, and professionally aware manner. There is also a healthy culture of experimentation implicit in all the practical course work assignments. Allied to this culture is the continuing contextual requirement of the brief, which demands an awareness of contemporary practice from students. The 1st year Professional Practice, Fine Art Pathway has a raft of stimulating projects framed within the context of a required understanding of contemporary practice.”

Progression Routes:

With this FdA qualification you can apply for entry into a 2nd or 3rd year of study at Middlesex University (www.mdx.ac.uk) on a BA course in Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, or Professional Practice. Or you can apply for final year(s) of study at another university in a related course. Further details are on the Middlesex University website.

For further course information:

Contact course leader Pernille Holm-Mercer or call 020 7255 4730.



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