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Foundation Visual Art & Design Diploma

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  • Entry requirements
    No program-specific entrance requirements. Designed for novice art, design, and media enthusiasts who are passionate about working hard to cultivate creative excellence. The Foundation program is ideal for those needing to develop a portfolio required to enter one of VFS' professional programs or for those that enjoy more than one entertainment arts discipline and are unsure of what they wish to pursue as a career.
  • Course description
    This multidisciplinary program exposes you to situational learning experiences, and encourages you to strengthen your creative faculties by accessing your passion and talent. Completion of Foundation is ideal preparation for entry into VFS production programs such as Film, Classical and 3D Animation, Digital Design, and Game Design.

    Program & Term Overview

    Weeks 1-8 (Term 1)

    You are introduced to computer, lens-based skills, and Color Theory as a basis for creative development. Through hands-on work, presentation and critique, you explore and validate formal aspects of 2D composition. Communication using images in sequence are also introduced as key creative strategies. You begin investigating the broad sweep of art, design and media history.

    Weeks 9-16 (Term 2)

    You further explore the themes and subject matter introduced in Term one. You will begin studies in Digital Media creation and Media editing. You continue to study art, psychology of art, design, and media history. You further widen your creative and expressive horizons with classes in Writing and Drawing.

    Weeks 17-24 (Term 3)

    Motion graphics, video, and animation now play a large role as you continue to develop your skills and abilities through the application of principles of 2D design, Media Production, and the on-going study of computer software. As Drawing classes continue, principles of animation, communication and expression through perceived motion are explored. Presentation, critique, creative process and conceptual development continue to play an important role as you move closer to the selection of a specialized stream.

    Weeks 25-32 (Term 4)

    You are guided to complete a personal project at the end of Term four which will draw from all of the skills and methodologies gained during the first three terms, along with new skills and methodologies introduced in continuing classes. You explore the principles and practice of motion graphics in their various forms. Industry orientation presentations provide you with context to help you select your stream (specialization).

    Weeks 33-40 (Term 5)

    You specialize by choosing one of three streams: Digital Design, Animation, or Film, and begin pre-production on your stream project. Specialized courses deal with the fundamental aspects of creativity and production within a chosen stream; a number of courses are introduced as a cross-disciplinary area of study. They include Sound Design, Art Direction, Pre-Production, and Story Development.

    Weeks 41-48 (Term 6)

    You create and complete your stream project, and complete your final portfolio, websites, or show reels in preparation for graduation. Your work is presented as an Art Show for graduation.

    Sample Classes

            * Media Production - Editing
            * Drawing
            * 2D Design
            * Sequential Media
            * Art History
            * Writing
            * Acting
            * Intro to Classical Animation
            * Sound Design
            * Cinematography
            * Directing
            * Animation
            * Maya
            * Pre-production
            * Intro to Digital Design
            * Visual Communication
            * Psychology and Art
            * Story Development
            * Digital Essentials
            * Portfolio

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