Highlands College

FdA Art and Design

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • HIGH1008 Visual Studies 1

      Drawing is the basis of all art and design activities. This module provides the opportunity to develop drawing skills and visual awareness as appropriate to the needs of the student. This will include observational drawing and drawing as a means of developing and expressing ideas.

    • HIGH1010 Contextual and Aesthetics Studies

      To develop an understanding of current and historical discourses, including the nature of aesthetics, gender and non-western art. To introduce students to resources for primary research. To develop skills in research and critical evaluation.

    • HIGH1011 Introduction to Art and Design

      An introduction to art and design through workshops and studio practice intended to ensure students are familiar with the scope of materials, processes and practices available to them in the development of their personal practice

    • HIGH1015 Business Practice for Art and Design

      An introduction to business practice as needed to run a small business or partnership. The module will deal with business as it relates to art and design practice. It will cover business finance, planning, legal aspects, intellectual property, taxation, marketing (including web-based), sourcing goods and services, obtaining sponsorship and networking.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • HIGH1012 Visual Studies 2

      Drawing is crucial to the ongoing development of artistic practice. This module provides the opportunity to build on the experience of Visual Studies 1. This will include an extended exploration of observational and developmental drawing with particular emphasis placed on experimentation and research.

    • HIGH1026B Professional Practice

    • HIGH1033 Project Based Ideas and Making

      This module aims to extend working practice and knowledge in an increasingly focussed way. Either through a new project or a continuation of pre-existing work, students will identify either a design based concept or a fine art concept and endeavour to investigate it through experimentation, research and practical work.

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • HIGH2009 Developmental Drawing 1

      Extend students visual research skills and awareness of the value of drawing within art and design. Introduce the practice of generating briefs which reflect personally identified objectives reflecting how drawing in all its many forms, can inform personal practice.

    • HIGH2010 Negotiated Art and Design Project 1

      Through practical work, research and resolution of ideas, develop and extend self-negotiated study to demonstrate coherent and progressive development of practical skills and conceptual thinking.

    • HIGH2011 Research Relevant to Practice

      Students will explore different research methodologies and how this impacts on their personal practice. They will be required to justify the use of specific methodologies in relation to intended outcomes. The module will provide group discussion and tutorials and the student will keep a portfolio of their research.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • HIGH2012 Developmental Drawing 2

      Building on the experience of Developmental Drawing 1 further extend students visual research skills and awareness of the value of drawing within art and design. Consolidate on the practice of generating briefs which reflect personally identified objectives reflecting how drawing in all its many forms, can inform personal practice.

    • HIGH2013 Negotiated Art and Design Project 2

      Through a clear and rigorous proposal, produce a sustained body of work which is a combination of the experience gained throughout Stage 2.

    • HIGH2014 Art and Design Research Presentation

      Group research meetings and tutorials will culminate in a presentation representative of the whole group's efforts in investigating an agreed art/design contextual subject. An individual written report is submitted at the time of the presentation, by each of the group members.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with Highlands College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

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