FAD | WELCOME
UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Here you will find all the information you need before you join us for your registration day on Friday 31 August. This includes a break down of what will be happening in your induction week, materials you might need to bring, any any trips that are planned and social media links to get you connected.
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with course team or the admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be able to help you further.
FAD | SUMMER LETTER
Welcome to Plymouth College of Art, and a very special welcome to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We have an exciting year ahead! Did you miss our Induction day in July? You can find out the info you missed here!
Your registration date is Friday 31 September. On this day you officially become part of Plymouth College of Art! Please refer to your individual Summer letter for exact times.
The registration process will take approximately half a day and you will register, undertake initial assessments and have a briefing from your Subject Leader.
Your offer is subject to you meeting the entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at C (or 4) or above, including English and an Art related subject (if you have taken one this year), as well as two A Levels at grade C or above.
We need to see your results before registration; you’re welcome to bring these to our drop-in days on Thursday 16, Friday 17 August between 10.00 am - 3.00 pm. This will be at Tavistock Place campus opposite Drake Circus shopping centre. If you cannot come in then please email email@example.com with a scan or photocopy of your results and we will call you back. If you do not achieve the entry requirements please come in or call us to talk through your options.
In the first few weeks you will be participating in enrolment, inductions, acclimatising & familiarisation sessions including IT induction, experimental drawing, contemporary craft, photography, laser cutting and much more! On your first day on Monday 3 September (timetable week 6), please arrive for a prompt 9.30 am start. Come to the Palace Studios campus front entrance where FAD staff will be there to welcome you. There is a list of things to bring with you at the end of this letter.
You will be timetabled onTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am - 3.30pm with a lunch break from 12.30pm/1.30pm
When you are not in college, the other days of the week are considered as self-directed study times and should be viewed as an opportunity to continue to develop your work independently - this time is crucial for you to progress quickly.
We have lots of trips on offer this year and you are invited to participate in all of them! Please make sure you look at the trips menu on the top right hand corner of the site for more information. You can pay deposits from the first day but you can register your interest now through the trips menu.
Please complete your summer project (continue scrolling) between now and the start of your course and bring all your work with you on Monday 4 September for a group critique session. It is an essential part of the course and your first project so it is very important that you complete it and bring it with you in your first week!
What you will need on your first day:
One new sketchbook (A5/A4/A3) and one new smaller sketchbook to use as a reflective journal (A5 or A6)
Bring something to write on and with.
Visual recording device – such as a camera or quality smartphone camera
A flexible and open mind :-)
£5 to put on your student card for photocopying
There is no ‘cover all’ set of materials that would be needed for everyone, but to complete experimental work (projects and tasks that are yet to be revealed!) digital work, sketchbook work and life drawing - which all students take part in, you may need these things.
Suggested basic materials list
USB Memory Stick 8 -16Gb is a decent enough size, ideally 16 and up. Kingston or Sandisk are reliable brands
Range of graphite pencils - HB through to 8B
Eraser and Pencil Sharpener
Small cutting mat – A3 or A4 is very useful but not compulsory
30cm metal ruler
Good quality craft knife or Stanley knife
Some of you may want a metal handled scalpel (not a barrel handle scalpel) for more detailed/delicate cutting – Including extra blades
Good quality scissors
Range of black fineliner drawing pens – for drawing and writing in sketchbooks
2 x Rolls of masking tape
Portfolio - A2 maximum with at least 20 plastic sleeves and 30 A2 pieces of cartridge paper, white.
At a later stage of your course you will want to gather together other materials and equipment appropriate to your creative practice, please keep this in mind. We do supply basic materials but for your personal projects it is up to you to supply what you need.
If you already have materials and equipment that may be useful to you (paints, brushes, palettes, charcoal, pastels, range of paintbrushes, cameras, hard drives etc.) then please do bring these with you when needed.
Please label all of your personal items with your full name!
We can't wait to see you at the beginning of term when we will begin what will be a thrilling one year experience. Until then have an amazing summer and should you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01752 203400.
Don't forget to follow us on our instagram @foundationartdesign for updates as we go along!
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
FAD | USEFUL CONTACTS
Foundation Course Leader, Curriculum Manager - Art
For general enquires please contact the college on 01752 203434 or via our main website: www.plymouthart.ac.uk