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Foundation Year in 3D Design

Learn about the course below
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Start
October 2022
Duration
1 year full-time
+ 3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,000 (EU/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.


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 galleries and museums, 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.


How to apply


If you are interested in studying the Foundation Year in 3D Design you must apply to one of our four-year degree courses. Please have a look at the How to apply tab for further information. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry onto your chosen design degree.


We offer the following courses:

Course Title

UCAS Code

BA Interior Architecture with Foundation Year

KF12

BA Interior Design with Foundation Year

WF23

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
  • 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.

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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)

      The module gives you the opportunity to create your own individual 3D Design portfolio to showcase your originality and professionalism, and to be the final presentation of your extensive and varied creative work.

      You will have the opportunity to take your specialist choice to another level by working on an intensive six week major project in your chosen subject area. By this stage , with support of you foundation tutors, you will have a clear view on  your progression pathway.

      You will develop your portfolio to support and define a proposed area of further study and industry employment. You will select and present your finished work 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.

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

Changes for students in 2021

We are back on campus for the majority of teaching in Autumn 2021, as long as restrictions allow. Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

In case of any changes to government guidance, we‘ll be ready to move to teaching with more restrictions in place and continue to give you an excellent learning experience. In this scenario, on campus teaching should continue although more of your course will take place online.

The table below gives you an idea of what your learning will look like across a typical week. Some weeks might be different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information may change slightly as we receive further guidance from the government. You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario A: Without social distancing

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

25 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

25 hours

Tutor set learning activities

Average hours per week, per level:

4 hours

Scenario B: With social distancing and/or with restrictions on travel to campus

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

25 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

25 hours

Tutor set learning activities

Average hours per week, per level:

4 hours

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our plans for in-person on campus teaching following government advice to keep you safe. If more restrictions are put in place in the future, or there is another lockdown, we’ll deliver your learning and support fully online for a temporary period. We’ll make alternative arrangements for any required placements if they can’t go ahead as planned. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2021/22

Read our guide to what you can look forward to when you study your subject with us including more information about your teaching experience this autumn.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. Interview and portfolio
  4. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU fees
  3. EU / International
  4. Additional costs
  • Priyanka Mehla

    3D Design Foundation Year BA

    I’m definitely happy I’ve done the course. I feel better prepared and more knowledgeable after receiving lots of guidance. Seeing other people’s work has also been really encouraging.

    Priyanka completed the foundation year and is now studying BA Interior Architecture at Middlesex.

  • Elizabeth Fadairo

    3D Design Foundation Year BA

    The course has made me come out of my comfort zone, grow in confidence and analyse more. I’ve learned such a lot from others, particularly the fine art students and the first year students. I’ve realised that as a future interior designer, I can be influenced by all things. Comparing my first project to the last one, there’s a massive difference - I’ve seen it, everyone has seen it.

    Elizabeth complete the foundation year and is now studying BA Interior Architecture at Middlesex.

  • Julia Jablonska

    3D Design Foundation Year BA

    I’ve enjoyed all the different workshops and working with people from my subject area and watching how they approach things. I’ve surprised myself in how I approach things now. I like challenge and learning new things.

    Julia completed the foundation year and is now studying BA Interior Design at Middlesex.


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

Other courses

Start: June 2020

Duration: 12 weeks full-time

Code: FNW901

Interior Design BA Honours

Start: October 2022, EU/International induction: September 2022

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: W251

Interior Architecture BA Honours

Start: October 2022, EU/International induction: September 2022

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: K120

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