FdA Art & Design Practice

For 2020 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Arts & Media

The FdA Art & Design Practice is a radical and innovative interdisciplinary art degree programme. It reflects the direction the creative industries are taking by encouraging the blurring of boundaries between traditional art and design disciplines.

The freedom of the flexible curriculum allows you to nurture your creative potential and direct your study to achieve the skills and unique personal portfolio you need to enter the workplace.

You will have dedicated studio workspace and access to a wide range of purpose-built workshops and digital facilities. These include textiles, photography, print, fine art, ceramics, furniture, graphic design, animation and multimedia with full technical support.

A key feature of the art degree programme is its engagement with a variety of employers through live briefs and input into the course by industry specialists.

Through ongoing professional development, the programme will build your confidence as you develop and evaluate an individual programme of study. You will learn to balance time and resources and identify opportunities which will be important skills for your chosen career.

Work-based learning is embedded throughout, through the Sustainable Practice and Creative Enterprise initiative which acts as a forum to bring together students and creative industry representatives to work on live projects.

We also offer an Access to HE Art & Design and the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design programmes. Both the perfect preparation for university-level study in the field of contemporary art & design.

Possible Careers 

  • Fine Artist
  • Ceramicist/Potter
  • Textile Artist/Designer
  • Fine Art Sculptor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Art Gallery/Museum Manager/Assistant
  • Teacher/Lecturer/Technician
  • Curator
  • Arts Administration
  • Community Project Work
  • Advertising Art/Creative Director
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Product Designer
  • Interior/Spatial/Window Designer

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: W290
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested) or a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.  GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.  A portfolio interview will be required.

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Course Documents

FdA Art And Design Practice Handbook (2019-20)
FdA Art And Design Practice Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Visual Language & Research
  • Materials & Processes 1
  • Ideas at Work
  • Extramural Project
  • Materials & Processes 2
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Evaluation
  • Practice in Context
  • Negotiated Project
  • Consolidation
  • Professional Identity

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdA Art & Design Practice

Start Date





2 years full-time

FdA Art & Design Practice

Start Date





3 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information