This programme provides a guaranteed opportunity for progression on to Year 1 of the University of Reading’s undergraduate degrees in Art, Design, Film and Theatre.
Who is this programme designed for?
This programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to undergraduate studies at the University of Reading. If you successfully complete the UFP to the required level of attainment in all academic areas and achieve the required English language score, you will have the opportunity to automatically progress onto a place on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at the University of Reading. The UFP is set at NQF level 3, which is equivalent to A level standard in the UK.
How long will I study for?
This programme lasts one academic year (nine months). The year is divided into three terms of seven to eight teaching weeks and one examination week. On average, you will undertake 21 (and up to 25) hours of classroom-based study per week.
English Language forms up to six hours of your timetable, is compulsory for students who are below the required level for progression, and will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects as well as being taught separately if you need additional support. Students who are at or above the required English level for progression are likely to follow a reduced timetable.
Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours.
What will I study?
This Art and Design programme includes three academic subject modules: Design; Visual Communication; and Skills for Art and Design. English will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects and academic skills relevant to the specific subject area will be taught to fully prepare you for university study.
Design Module: The aim of this module is to develop your skills and understanding of the design process from conception to completion, supporting you as you develop your personal design portfolio. You will be introduced to the design development cycle through specific project briefs. The creation of these design projects will equip you with necessary research and analysis, synthesis, and time management skills, as well as improving your teamwork and organisational skills. You will learn how to communicate your ideas and intentions professionally, through visual and verbal communication techniques, using sketch models, prototypes, proofs, maquettes or other appropriate pre-production models and mock-ups. Your tutors will show you examples of different styles of portfolios, from paper-based examples of actual artwork and printed outputs from computer-based work, to show reels or DVD presentations of film, installation and animation.
Visual Communication Module: This module will develop your understanding of how to communicate different ideas, meanings and messages through a range of imagery and artefacts within 2D, 3D or time-based media. The form that works of art and design take, and the media and techniques used to communicate meaning, will vary according to your particular specialism (for example, fashion, product design or architecture). You will be encouraged to explore and experiment with a range of media, materials and techniques through practical demonstrations and studio-based workshops (where possible), as well as self-directed experimentation. Group critiques, self-review and short exhibitions of work will be used to provide a platform for feedback to help refine your creative practice.
Skills for Art and Design Module: This module aims to broaden your skills, knowledge and understanding of creative thinking in contemporary and historical art and design. You will be taught the essential study skills involved in structuring, researching and recording from a range of different sources, as well as basic academic referencing. You will explore the work of others in terms of visual and textual language, analysing relevant characteristics, content and meaning. Tutors will arrange visits to galleries and museums where possible and you will be encouraged to consider alternative approaches, challenging conventions, asking questions and engaging in debate with peers and tutors through tutorials, group discussions, verbal and visual presentations.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed at regular intervals to ensure you are making the progress required to successfully complete the programme. Full assessment of the programme will take place in the final term. Assessment methodologies are aligned to those that will be experienced in the university environment, and include project work, essays, presentations and unseen examinations.
What support will I receive?
You will be supported by a personal tutor and subject pathway leaders who will regularly check your progress.