Weymouth College

FdA Art and Design Practice

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Initiating Creative Practice (WEYM1056)

      Induction-based module offering a taster of a range of key disciplines. There will be fast-paced explorations into a range of ideas from across the art and design spectrum utilising associated materials and processes to generate diverse work. Creative play and reflective practice will be encouraged, to establish a study ethos for the course. This module will be supported with visiting specialists allowing insight into industry and practices.

    • Studio Practice 1: Art (WEYM1057)

      This module will focus on Fine Art practice. Students will explore processes, materials, and enquiry associated with Fine Art practice and relevant theoretical context

    • Studio Practice 2: Visual Communication (WEYM1058)

      This module will focus on Visual Communication and Design led practice. Students will explore processes, materials, and enquiry associated with Visual Communication practice and relevant theoretical context.

    • Studio Practice 3: Lens Based Media (WEYM1059)

      This module will focus on Lens based practice. Students will explore processes, materials, and enquiry associated with Lens based practice and relevant theoretical context.

    • Personal Studio Practice (WEYM1060)

      This module acts to conclusion the studio practice for Level 4 and allow the space to explore ideas, process and materials appropriate to their personal aspirations. Students will be expected to challenge their preconceptions through explorative making which utilises process, media and concepts appropriate to their creative focus, they will also contextualize their practice in an essay.

    • Professional Practice (WEYM1061)

      Enquiry into a range of professional practices and contexts associated with the sector, allowing students to identify personal opportunities and appropriate professional aspirations.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Creative Solutions (WEYM2053)

      This studio based practical module runs concurrent with the Research module and encourages exploration of a range of approaches, testing of personal ideas and clarification of concepts appropriate to creative ambitions. Students are urged to use a wide variety of ways to make work and radically explore ideas: an opportunity to test theories, approaches and processes in preparation for putting forward a project.

    • Negotiated Project (WEYM2054)

      Proposition, management, presentation and evaluation of a personal Art & Design project allowing the student the opportunity to a develop and present a personal creative practice.

    • Development of Visual Language (WEYM2055)

      Research and evaluation of the use of visual language within their work and surrounding creative context, explored through studio work and guided by research and reflection, summarised in an essay.

    • Consolidation (WEYM2056)

      Studio based exploration developing the negotiated project and a conclusive presentation. Consolidating and developing appropriate Art and Design skills and developing increasing autonomy in their practice.

    • Professional Identity (WEYM2057)

      Development of personal, professional identity and establishment of opportunities and networking relevant to their own creative intentions and specialisms.

    • Research (WEYM2052)

      This is a research-based module clarifying and examining ideas, stimuli and theory surrounding personal creative context. Research will typically encompass Art and Design, culture and other subject matter, utilising a range of written and visual techniques.

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

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Our partnership with Weymouth College

The University of Plymouth 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 the University of Plymouth. 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.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Weymouth College

Located in Dorset, we proudly hosted the epic sailing events for the 2012 Olympic Games. Large enough to offer choice and diversity, we’re still small enough to welcome you as part of a friendly community.
Plymouth students working on a group project