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IGCSE OR LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE PLUS FOUNDATION DIPLOMA = FASTTRACK
In year one IGCSE (starting at any time) FastTrack students will gain confidence in drawing, painting and sculpture. They will also make connections between their own work and the work of other artists and designers. Later students will use their new skills, knowledge and understanding to express themselves in a themed project in preparation for the exam later in the year.
In year two / three Foundation Diploma (starting at any time) OCAD FastTrack students will be encouraged to explore materials, approaches and techniques in the exploratory stage, develop an area of interest in the pathway stage and finally specialise in the confirmatory stage.The FastTrack course culminates in a final major project and exhibition of artwork. Students will have produced a superior quality specialist portfolio in preparation for university or creative employment.
Although it is possible to achieve Fasttrack in two academic years many students will require longer and this is not a problem.
The Exploratory stage is the first stage of the course and as the title suggests it gives you the opportunity to understand at a deeper level what art and design is and to experience working in a number of disciplines. Within each discipline you will use a range of materials and processes and learn the value of drawing and photography as a starting point.
The Pathway stage is where you choose which pathway / discipline you wish to explore further and at a greater depth. Your tutors will review with you your work from the exploratory phase and this will inform your decision. The final decision is of course yours.
The Confirmatory stage is the final stage of the foundation diploma and the only stage that will decide your final grade. You will be asked to write a statement of intent with the support of your tutor. This document will outline your chosen final major project.Your final major project is practical and can be in any form you choose; show reel, a dress, a series of photographs, a painting, an animation, a design for an interior, architectural design, a video game etc.