What should I do Watch
I did a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Bath College before coming to Plymouth College of Art for my degree. I found it really pushed me to think outside the box and broadened my mind further when it came to art. Not only that, but I was struggling to decide whether to pursue Fine Art or Photography, and it helped me to decide on specialising in Photography for my degree. It gave me experience of exhibiting my work, visiting exhibitions around the world and taught me new mediums that I had never heard of before.
PCA also offers this course, which develops your making and creative thinking to prepare you for a course at degree level; it’s perfect if you’re unsure of what artistic medium you want to specialise in or if you don’t quite feel ready for a degree yet. As well as having access to the vast range of facilities that the main PCA buildings offer, you also have a specialised studio space just for FAD students.
Though I obviously work in a different medium to you, as a practitioner who was clueless on what would suit me best for a degree, the foundation course way amazing. It was a great experience and I'd definitely encourage you to look into it, even if you are certain that you want to do a degree in Graphic Design; I learnt so many things that I had never even heard of before the course!
Plymouth College of Art also offers a range of UAL awarded extended diplomas, with specialised subject areas. If you want more information about all of our pre-degree courses, please feel free to visit our website to see your options
Good luck with whatever you choose,
Student Ambassador and First Year Photography Student
I know I want to do Graphic Design in university however before doing the course should I apply for an art foundation or would that be useless???
An art foundation is usually recommended for someone doing Fine art, to broaden their skill set and find you what they want to do or specialise in such as painting, sculpture, print work at University. If you know you want to do Graphics I would say go for it.
Is there a particular reason you want to do a foundation course? Does one fo the Universities tou have applied for require one? Maybe consider what it is you would want to get out of the year of Art Foundation, and visit the place you would do it and see what the course is about.
Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!