The College has developed two (SEN) programmes - Level 3 Foundation Diploma featured below and the online Level 2 (BTEC EQV) Certificate in Art & Design - click to view. These programmes have been specifically developed for students with special or specific learning needs. Students disadvantaged by disabilities, Autism Aspergers, emotional and behavioural needs, students in hospital, teenage mums all benefit from this course and the additional specialised support it offers. OCAD has its own trained coordinator for students with special and specific educational needs (SENCO) who is experienced and ready to help. The programmes also include a link coordinator who works with LEAs to ensure all parties are kept informed.
The Online Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a three-stage, one year course (can be extended annually)designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to enter the profession of Artist or Designer. This exciting course has a strong practical focus, developing not just knowledge and understanding of art and design and design theory, but also professional skills. Successful graduates earn a Foundation Diploma qualification that is equal to 3 A Levels and is nationally accredited by one of the UK's largest vocational awarding bodies, ABC Awards.
Equaly valuable, graduates achieve a specialist portfolio that expresses their personal brand of art and design, enabling access to top universities and employment as a professional qualified Artist or Designer.
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.