Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
This popular one-year foundation programme is an excellent access point for anyone wanting to enter a higher education programme in many areas of art or design.
You have the opportunity to experience using a range of artistic techniques, materials and processes while allowing space for experimentation and the development of practical skills.
You develop critical awareness of the contemporary visual world and the relationship of design and artistic practice to historical, cultural, environmental and social influences.
This programme helps you develop your artistic portfolio to apply for entry to a Bachelor’s degree. You can explore and discover your relationship to the various areas of art and design and graduate with an internationally-recognized British foundation diploma in art & design.
- Opportunity to explore, experience and create art and design.
- Develop skills, learn and practice techniques, while working with advanced design software and materials.
- Modern studios and labs; outstanding lecturers, guest speakers and visiting practitioners; small class sizes; excellent support.
- Finish with a professional portfolio of work.
After successful completion of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, students may request a portfolio presentation for entry to the Bachelors programme of their choice. Successful candidates will be offered a place in either BA (Hons) Graphic Design or BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media programmes.
This Pearson (Edexcel) Foundation Diploma is a pre-university preparation programme for degrees in art and design. Successful students may take their diploma and portfolios and apply to other universities and in other countries. Some students may also choose to enter a profession after completing the Foundation Diploma.
What you study
- Research, Recording, Responding in Art & Design
- Media Experimentation in Art & Design
- This unit will enable students to explore both analog and digital media and associated techniques. Over a range of deadline related projects, students will develop experimental work and discover alternative combinations of media. Through critical review of their work they will identify the potential in possible media applications.
- Personal Experimental Studies in Art & Design
- The aim of this unit is to encourage students to bring together and develop skills in working with a range of materials and techniques as well as knowledge. Students will challenge their own preconceptions and beliefs in visual and material awareness in two or three dimensions, depending on their chosen pathway. Continuous reflection and review of students’ own work will facilitate this practice. Students’ choice of subject matter for their work and their approach to developing new work will be enriched through this process. Students will creatively explore and review a range of suitable materials, techniques and processes, and evaluate results in terms of inventive outcomes and aesthetic qualities that can be applied to current and future work.
- Information & Interpretation in Art & Design
- The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop an understanding of contemporary, historical and related contexts. This will inform and inspire their own creative work and help them to develop personal intentions in preferred pathways. This unit will enable students to develop an understanding of the key concepts which influence the creative intentions and practices of contemporary artists and designers. The unit will support and enhance students’ preferred area of practice, through targeting research around their selected pathway, developing increased awareness of the chosen field and confirming personal creative intentions.
- Preparation & Progression in Art & Design
- The aim of this unit is to enable students to consider the progression opportunities available to them in their specialist pathway through research, applied critical judgement and the identification of personal goals. The understanding gained will inform students’ preparation for progression. Students will identify their personal preferences and protocols for future study, as well as extending and confirming their specialist subject knowledge. Through informed research students will gain an understanding of what is required for progression. Students will reflect on their developmental work and the outcomes of projects and develop skills in selecting work appropriate to their ambition. They will use feedback from peers and tutors as well as self-reflection, to inform their decision-making.
- Extended Media Development in Art & Design
- The aim of this unit is to develop the student’s ability to propose ideas and solutions that exploit the characteristics and properties of selected media. The various qualities of different media, applications and techniques will influence the development of the form, content and purpose of images and objects created. Students will engage in active review. Students will focus their attention on their selected pathway. They will be encouraged to identify their own areas of interest in a more personal and individually focused way, engaging in sustained enquiry and recognizing these processes as a positive learning experience.
- Final Major Project in Art & Design
- The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in initiating, researching, developing, concluding and presenting, a major art and design project. In this unit students will draw upon the summation of knowledge and skill acquired during their foundation experience. Students will have the opportunity to foster and promote innovative ideas and practical work whilst extending their potential contextual and technical abilities in preparation for their progression to higher education. The drafting and submission of a Final Major Project (FMP) Statement of Intent (SoI) will encourage students to focus their creative and applied thinking to set clear and measurable goals. Adopting an informed and reflective approach to their project realization will ensure that individual ambition becomes a reality. This project will act as the final stepping-stone for higher education progression.
1. Confirmation of previous education, which could be one of the following:
- a Czech high school diploma (maturita)
- equivalent education from other countries, assessed individually
- one A-level pass or LCCIEB equivalent
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
2. Confirmation of English level upon entry, which could be one of the following:
- ELSA score of at least 300, administered at Prague College or elsewhere in the world
- TOEFL iBT score of at least 45
- IELTS score of at least 5.0
- a First Certificate (minimum B)
- other equivalent English assessment, subject to Prague College approval
3. Letter of motivation
The letter of motivation should identify why the student has chosen this particular programme, what are student’s goals
in life and studies in general, and why student chose Prague College.
Students may also choose to submit their current portfolio of art and design works. However this is not a compulsory
4. Final interview – a formal discussion with the applicant and final confirmation of the application process
Tuition & PaymentPlease click here for the latest tuition fees
The Prague College academic year has two semesters starting in late September and mid-February. An intensive summer semester runs in June.
Prague College Scholarships
All applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships which may be awarded in consideration of academic excellence, social engagement in school activities or generally in society, financial need and special circumstances. We also have a special fund to support students coming from Czech-language and Slovak-language secondary schools and universities
Successful scholarship winners can have from 5% up to 30% of their tuition covered for either a single academic year or the duration of the programme.
Apply early. The number of scholarships is limited. Ask us for details!
Czech students are eligible for Gaudeamus student loans from Komercni Banka. Some students from other countries have received funding from their home countries to study at Prague College, and if you think you may be eligible for funding from your home country do not hesitate to ask for our advice and support.
When to pay
A deposit on tuition ensures new students a place on the programme. Full tuition for the first semester is due two weeks before starting the programme, except in the case of late registrations.
International students pay the first semester, relevant registration fees and the first semester rent for accommodation before starting the visa application process.
Continuing students pay the next semester tuition two weeks before the end of the current semester.
Early payment discounts
You can save up to 8% if you pay the academic year in advance. The discount is calculated as 1% per month for each month the individual semester payments are paid early.
New students do not receive a discount on their first semester, but if they choose to pay the first year up front, then they would receive the discount for the second semester.
Students who have finished the first semester, and who make all their payments by the due date, can apply for a payment plan for an administrative fee of 700 Czk per semester plus 1% surcharge for each installment.
Contact us now if you have any question regarding tuition deadlines, early payment discounts or your eligibility for a payment plan.