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Foundation Year in 3D Design

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Start
October 2018
Duration
1 year full-time
+ 3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£9,250 (INT) *

This specially designed course enables you to make an informed choice about which design subject you wish to study at degree level, giving successful students the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto a named BA programme at Middlesex University.

Why study the Foundation Year in 3D Design at Middlesex University*?

The Foundation Year in 3D Design is a creative and inspiring multidisciplinary course encouraging students to explore different aspects of design. It builds confidence, helps students identify their strengths and develops skills and techniques. The course offers an experimental diagnostic approach exploring different creative pathways and clarifies industry specialisms to help students choose possible career paths in the creative industries.

These carefully compiled modules act as a foundation year for a number of BA programmes within the Department of Design: Design Crafts, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, and Interior Communication and Styling (subject to validation) to form a complete 4 year course in each specialism. The foundation year has been specially designed to enable students to make an informed choice about which design subject they wish to study at degree level, giving successful students the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto a named BA programme at Middlesex University.

Following a multidisciplinary induction, you will explore the core 3D Design subject areas in the first part of the programme, then choose to specialise to work towards your final portfolio of creative work and exhibition. Alongside this you will explore London as a creative centre of visual arts through gallery, studio and event visits, and reflect on your experiences.

A key feature of the 3D Design Foundation Year curriculum is that students benefit from regular formative feedback and assessment. This process is designed to allow you the freedom to experiment, explore and investigate new, different and challenging ways of working.

Course highlights

  • An experienced and supportive team of tutors and technicians who also work in the creative industries
  • A specialist observational and life-drawing team offering traditional, digital, experimental and technical approaches to drawing
  • A contextual studies team with diverse knowledge covering different art, design and cultural areas
  • State-of-the-art workshops in our £80 million centre, the Grove, so almost everything can be done in-house and you have access to a wide range of design facilities to help realise your ideas
  • The opportunity to build an exciting and varied portfolio of design works for progression
  • A final exhibition at Middlesex University, teaching the process of preparing and displaying design works for exhibition
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

*Please note that this course is subject to validation

What will you study on the Foundation Year in 3D Design?

The foundation year is an intensive and diagnostic experience which will enhance your creative skills and will introduce you to the broad and diverse world of visual arts and creative industries.

Your learning will focus on making and learning specialist techniques, developing a creative portfolio, and developing your knowledge and skills in research and writing. You will be encouraged to trial your own processes and make your own decisions, to enable you to practice your craft and develop your own independent thinking and aesthetic style. You will also interpret briefs as part of group work and individual research study, allowing you to develop your creative identity for your portfolio.

At the end of your foundation year, you will have developed a strong portfolio that will showcase your work and reflect your future professional direction.

You will be taught by experienced artists and designers who work in studios, creative and advertising agencies across London – allowing them to offer a current, fresh knowledge and insight. Our large team of technicians and studio demonstrators will be supporting you and guide you through each process as you explore your creativity.

Modules

  • Core modules

    • Stage 1: Exploration and Diagnostics (30 credits)

      This module encourages you to explore and experiment with new techniques and media through practical workshop inductions. You will develop and expand your research skills by making full use of the resources available at Middlesex University, revealing how research can inform and enrich your design practice. You will acquire a breadth of practical skills and research capabilities that will enable you to develop your ideas.

    • Stage 2: Creative Specialism (30 credits)

      The module will develop experimentation and encourage exploration to widen and inspire your creative practice and conceptual thinking. From master-class sessions you will gain valuable knowledge of and insight into the creative industries, to clarify and develop a greater understanding of the variety of design specialisms, and begin to identify future career opportunities and directions after study. This module aims to build your subject knowledge through experimentation and increasing awareness to a level to be able to make a design subject choice.

    • Stage 3: Major Project Portfolio and Exhibition (30 credits)

      This module offers you the opportunity to develop a major project and to build a substantial portfolio of work in a specific design subject area. You will gain confidence in independent working. The module will include formative assessment as a key part of the learning process in the critical evaluation of your own work and that of your peers. You will develop self-reflection, research and study skills and promote self-learning to build confidence that enables you to communicate and professionally present your ideas. You will also learn how to present design work in the best ways by making, selecting and displaying work successfully for exhibition.

  • Contextual modules

    • Creative London (30 credits)

      This is an introduction to a broad and exciting selection of London’s finest art galleries and museums covering all the specialist areas. The contextual studies team will share their expert knowledge as part of informative field trips and talks. These experiences will provide basic knowledge of contexts and issues that will inform and inspire your developing practice. There is a focus on developing confidence in using academic English language skills in the specific context of the creative industries. You will be asked to produce a reflective visual diary including 1500 words.This module runs parallel with the above modules finishing in Week 19.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the Foundation Year in 3D Design be taught?

During your foundation year you will be taught through regular workshops and instructor-led projects that will quickly help develop the skills and techniques required to progress through your studies. You will take part in group seminars, sharing ideas and collaborating with other students as well as receiving weekly one-to-one tutorials from our specialist staff, allowing you to benefit from their expertise and receive mentorship and guidance.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Interview and portfolio
  4. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Art and Design School on campus in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of specialist workshops, digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.

Other courses

Intensive Foundation in Art and Design (iFAD)

Start: June 2018

Duration: 12 weeks full-time

Code: FNW901

Interior Design BA Honours

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: W251

Interior Architecture BA Honours

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: K120

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