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Art, Design & Creative Media

Higher Education, Full Time Print

This is a broad-based fine art course which will enable you to develop your practical and intellectual skills. Personal and professional development are key aims for the course. The course includes the history and theory of modern and contemporary art.

Course details

The course is divided into sections or modules that enable you to gain credit towards your final qualification. Each level accounts for 120 credits and you need 360 credits to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree, validated by the University of Chester.

Course time tables are provided prior to enrolment for each level in a student course handbook. Class group sizes are generally no larger than twelve. A typical time table would include twelve hours contact time with tutors. Although students are expected to work independently within the studio provision.

The course offers an intensive period of study that proceeds from relatively directed projects to greater independent learning. This takes place in studios, workshops and through a programme of lectures, seminars and one to one tutorials. Critical, historical and theoretical studies permeate the course and written work is presented in the form of a journal.All students are advised at the beginning of the course to purchase some basic tools, materials and a reading list for the period of study (£50). During the course students are expected to supply the majority of art materials themselves depending on their chosen areas of study.

Level 4 - Through an induction programme you will be introduced to the range of available facilities. Emphasis is placed firstly on the acquisition of a vocabulary, and the methods you may utilise in approaching visual research. At later stages of the level you will be required to develop and sustain your own area of research through individual Learning Plans.

Level 5 - At level Five you will continue your personal development through experience of fine art practice. Emphasis is increasingly placed on your growing sense of awareness of your own practice as an artist An Option module at this level allows you to develop your work within print, drawing, sculpture, painting and lens based media or a specific theoretical module.Some modules may require the purchase of special materials for students own use as projects become more professional in character. During level Five in consultation with staff, students are expected to locate appropriate gallery space and to initiate and participate fully in gallery practice and other forms of professional development. The Gallery Practice and Professional Experience module requires students to contribute financially (approx. £20) to a shared account and to undertake fundraising activities with the support of the staff team.

Level 6 - Level Six is designed initially to consolidate and intensify individual directions of study. You will be expected to demonstrate a higher level of creative independence supported by appropriate documentation. The level concludes with a degree exhibition which will demonstrate a level of study and research skills capable of sustaining your own practice as a professional artist. The degree show includes the production of a catalogue. The cost of this is shared within the graduating group (through contributions and fundraising approx.£50). Although not a course requirement, students are encouraged to take part in study visits and field trips which may require overnight accommodation and travel. (£10-£400)

Entry guidelines

All potential students are offered initial impartial advice and guidance from WMC's Student Advisers. This will then lead to an advisory interview from a course tutor. This is particularly important for students who are mature local candidates. The Student Advisors service offers help and advice in completing UCAS forms and acts as a central point for receiving UCAS applications. Applications are sent to the Programme Team for initial internal scrutiny. The Programme Team tutors liaise with Student Services in order to arrange interviews for all candidates.
The meeting of prospective candidates on open days demonstrates the college's desire to meet student's aspirations individually and recognises that individuality in the nature of their artistic ambitions. Applications to undergraduate programmes are made through UCAS and will normally be required to attend for portfolio interview. For full details connected to college admissions requirements and procedures, reference should be made to the current Wirral Metropolitan Prospectus, their website and UCAS website. Single Honours (3 year programme)
The profile of a typical entrant to this course will have studied one of the following programmes:
BTEC National Diploma / Certificate (Art and Design): merit / distinction profile
Irish Highers / Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects, including Art or an Art-based subject
International Baccalaureate: 24 points including 4 in Visual Arts Appropriate Art Foundation Course, QAA recognised Access course, Open College Units or Open University Credits Please note: A BTEC National Award or the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our offer. Applications from mature students and from students from under-represented groups in higher education are also encouraged. Students from this group may have no formal qualifications or be returning to education. Following interview, the Programme Team inform Student Services of their decisions. Student Services code and return the relevant documentation to UCAS for processing.
English Language requirements: All students will normally have a recognised English language qualification of at least GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent standard.
If a student does not have a formal English language qualification then a diagnostic assessment will be provided to determine the current level of attainment. If English is not their first language, test results such as IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 570 (230 if computer test), NEAB or Cambridge Proficiency grade C will be acceptable.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed throughout the course via a portfolio of your work , along with written work surrounding critical, historical and theoretical studies in the form of a journal.

Additional Information

Applications for this course are normally made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at You will need to indicate the following for this course:

UCAS Institution code: W73 (Wirral Metropolitan College)
Course code: W100

Students interested in this course are invited to contact staff to arrange an informal advisory interview and to view the facilities prior to application.

Where can I progress to?

Graduates may seek further post-graduate study at Master (MA) and fellowship level. They may also gain employment as practising artists and crafts persons, educators at all levels, arts administration and personnel in related areas.

When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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