How is the intensive Foundation in Art and Design taught?
iFAD is a challenging course that rewards dedication and commitment. You will build up and be assessed on a body of work that demonstrates your particular skills, creativity and interests.
A process of continual review, combined with tutorials and self assessment, is used to monitor and evaluate your progress, helping you make day to day decisions about your work as well as providing guidance on your final BA choice.
We ask you to indicate the specialist degree course you are interested in before you start, which reserves you a conditional place, but this can be changed if you, in discussion with your tutors, feel it would be appropriate.
The need to explore and experiment in art and design has long been seen as a necessary part of making an informed decision when making career choices. iFAD, with its broad diagnostic approach, fills this need.
You will be encouraged to leave behind preconceptions and learn to play with your imagination, accepting that a mistake might be the one thing that leads to success and to make connections and associations that would otherwise be lost.
Being part of a group of students with widely varying interests adds to the group dynamic. For instance a potential student of Interior Architecture, perhaps, in working alongside and with a graphic designer or photographer will result in the cross - fertilisation of ideas and fresh lines of visual enquiry, arriving at unique and often surprising conclusions.
The reawakening of the imagination provides a new perspective into where an individual's creativity can lead. Without the confines of an examination, accidents and mistakes can lead to results as positive and successful as those from intended exploration; Projects can also be unproductive in terms of conclusion but rich in knowledge and understanding.