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General Foundation

General Foundation


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Qualification: BA/BDes General Foundation in Art & Design
Course Length: 1 year (+3 year specialist programme) 
UCAS Code for direct entry into General Foundation: WW12


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee has a world renowned reputation and the one year General Foundation in Art and Design is a fitting starting point for creative and motivated people who wish to develop the fundamental skills to prepare them for entry to the nine specialist art and design courses on offer at DJCAD.

The modules in the General Foundation course have been carefully devised to enable you to gain a broad experience, awareness and skill level which will help you to decide on your choice of Honours degree specialism for the subsequent three years. After completion of this one year course, you will submit a portfolio of work to be assessed for progression onto the specialism of your choice.

General Foundation students at workIf you have already completed a recognised art and design foundation course elsewhere or satisfy the criteria for advanced entry to the specialist subjects in Level 2, you should apply directly to one of the specialisms. All other applicants should apply for the Art and Design General Foundation course.

You will benefit from a challenging and coherent programme of instruction, guidance and exploration, providing you with a positive sense of direction towards a future in art and design.

The studio culture encourages sharing of ideas and nurtures a supportive work and social environment. The majority of your time will be spent on studio based activities and learning fundamental practical and critical skills, creating a transition between work that you have carried out at school or on a previous course and potential future study in a specialist art and design subject.

General Foundation students at workThe focus of the General Foundation is the development of your ability, skill and critical faculties. The process of acquiring sound basic skills includes consideration of creativity, aesthetics, visual awareness and analytical and critical faculties. Knowledge and a sense and understanding of the history, theory and practice of art and design are cultivated, allowing you to understand how art and design practice has developed and how it is positioned within today's society, culture and creative economy thus enabling you to place yourself, your work and aspirations in context.

Renowned artist, David Mach speaks about his experience on the General Foundation course at DJCAD