The Diploma bridging course prepares students for entry to the diploma level of a UK degree programme in Art and Design. The course is designed to develop personal visual creativity, problem solving, critical evaluation and independent thought.
The course is intended for students who wish to progress to either the second or third level of degree programmes in Art and Design at art college or university in the UK. The emphasis throughout is on investigative drawing, media experimentation, creative development and visual and written communication. The course content is designed to ensure that international students become familiar with the language used in the teaching of Art and Design in the United Kingdom
The theory and practice of Art and Design in an historical and contemporary context forms an integral part of the programme. Students will be encouraged to engage in personal reflective practice throughout their studies.
Students completing the Diploma bridging course can progress to courses in a wide range of disciplines, including Fine Art, Fashion Design, Textiles, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior and Spatial Design and Product Design.
The main focus of the Diploma bridging course is on English language development and the development of study skills. The skills students are introduced to are not generic, instead they are specifically related to art and design disciplines:
English language study: focuses on specialist language uses related to the study of art and design
study skills and information skills: focuses on the methods of study and investigation which are part of art and design study, in particular the creative process and the use of sources and processes to support it
subject study: studying the subjects that make up art and design through project working; students study specialist modules focusing on a specific art art or design discipline in order to develop deeper knowledge and skills
Critical and Contextual Studies: focuses on understanding the social and cultural context for art and design, as well as the theoretical frameworks for interpreting cultural artefacts
Additionally the programme aims to:
prepare international students for entry and progression into postgraduate art and design programmes;
further develop students' English language skills
develop the skills required for self-managed academic development
provide and understanding of the breadth of possibilities offered within art and design
provide experience, skills and knowledge to enable students to confirm their aptitute for their chosen field of study and progress the next level of study
Applicants would normally have completed the equivalent of year 1 of degree level study. Each applicant will be considered in respect of their previous qualifications and experience and would normally need to show a portfolio of some examples of work in the discipline.
English language: For international students English language at IELTS 5.5 or equivalent is required.