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Art and Design

DMUIC offers a new way to start a prestigious Art and Design degree at DMU.

Explore your creativity while creating a great portfolio – it’s the ideal way to start your degree studies in Art and Design as you continue to a world-class degree programme.

With specialist training, the Art and Design IYZ gives you access to industry-standard workshops, the handling of materials such as wood, metal, plaster, plastics, ceramics and glass; as well as IT labs with Mac and PC platforms to learn digital design.

After you have completed your IYZ at DMUIC, you will continue your studies in any number of our wide ranging degrees, including Architecture, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Footwear Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Product Design. See below for a full list of continuation degrees.


Building up your own portfolio of artwork and design, you will present your work in a final show at the end of the year, continuing into the next year of your DMU Art and Design, or in some cases Media, degree.

On this course you will:

  • Create a portfolio and take part in a major end-of-year show
  • Continue your degree studies with DMU when you successfully complete your IYZ
  • Work in a supportive international environment

Art and Design is a practical programme that promotes creative work as well as theory. You will learn about how to manage a major creative project as well as preparing your portfolio. Whether you are going on to study architecture or fashion or any other subject, you will get the grounding you need to step straight in to your creative degree.


Art Portfolio

This module is designed to assist you in creating a portfolio of work in your chosen continuation route; this will prepare you for your subject area at undergraduate level.  In this module, you will work on two major projects that can be either digital or traditional. Alongside your project work, you will be taught historical and contemporary art movements and styles.  You will also learn additional digital and traditional art and design skills.  Your project work will culminate in an end of year show.  In addition, you will also have the choice of a photo portfolio module, concentrating on photographic techniques, camera functions and output, or Life Drawing where you can improve your drawing techniques using a live model.

Contextual Studies in Art, Design & Media

This module helps you to develop an ongoing critical understanding of contemporary, historical and cultural influences to inspire and inform your own practice.  You also use this module to reflect and inform your choice of degree and continuation to the next stage of your undergraduate degree programme.  You will study other artists, designers and media producers work and examine contextual links to your own work which will form the major element in assessing the module.  

2D and 3D Media Processes

You will explore different media through the use of 2D and 3D processes such as: drawing, print, painting and collage.  You will use your reflective journal to record the workshop processes and reflect on 2D and 3D techniques in your own work and the work of others.  The module allows you to develop your visual language and increase your creative confidence in the use of existing techniques as well as experimenting with combinations and new discoveries.  You will be introduced to 2D and 3D workshop practices and encouraged to discover artists and designers who have used similar processes.  

Researching and Recording Digital Arts

This module is designed to give you an introduction to the use of digital arts at the University.  During this introduction, you will get tuition in the use of computers, photography and digital editing software.  You will use these skills to develop a digital portfolio (website) related to your continuation route.  You will be encouraged not only to use the conventional tools of digital art but also to explore the potential of digital work to produce more experimental approaches.

Additional modules include:

  • Study Skills (Introduction to DMU) 
  • English for Academic Purposes


Undergraduate degree options  
Animation BA (Hons) 
Architecture BA (Hons) 
Architectural Technology BSc
Concept and Comic Art BA (Hons)
Contour Fashion BA (Hons)
Design Crafts BA (Hons)
Fashion Buying with Design BA (Hons)  
Fashion Buying with Product Development BA (Hons)

Fashion Buying with Marketing BA (Hons)

 -  accessed via IYZ Business route 

Fashion Buying with Merchandising BA (Hons)

 - accessed via IYZ Business route

Fashion Communication and Styling BA (Hons) 

Fashion Design BA (Hons) 
Fashion Textile Design BA (Hons)
Fine Art BA (Hons)
Footwear Design BA (Hons)
Game Art BA (Hons) 
Graphic Design (Illustration) BA (Hons)
Interior Design BA (Hons) 
Photography BA (Hons)
Product Design BA (Hons)
Product Design BSc (Hons)
Textile Design BA (Hons)


Portfolio advice

DMUIC encourages applications from students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including those who have not had formal tuition in art and design as part of their High School curriculum or previous studies.

It is important to submit up to 20 pieces (minimum 10 pieces) of your strongest work which should be easy to view and labelled with its title or brief. We are looking for various basic skills in the portfolio that show you have the potential to complete the course.

The main skills we are looking for in a portfolio are:

1) The ability to show development of an idea 

Include sketch books as these help us to understand how you approach your work, who and what has influenced you.  Include research and preparatory work to show how you think and how your creativity develops. Include examples of projects you have undertaken, showing development from your original idea through research and drafts to final presentation.

2) Some basic research skills

You should show that you have looked at other artists, designers or makers to inform your work.  Use the sketch books to show that other artists, designers, makers have been researched, recorded and reflected upon in relation to the work you are carrying out.

3) Drawing ability

You should have some basic drawing skills that show you have the potential to develop your abilities on the course.  Drawing should be a key element of the portfolio and should include different types (ie, life drawing, still life, illustrations, imaginative pieces).   Show the use of different media and some 2D/3D skills.

4) Basic experimentation with ideas and in different mediums

It is expected that you would have experimented with your ideas in different mediums (pencil, pastels, oil paints, watercolours, etc) in your portfolio.  Your portfolio should show some basic experimentation and a basic understanding of the use of different techniques with various mediums and how different media work together.  

5) Digital work

Include any digital work you may have (ie, photography, video, animation, CAD work).

6) Written work

Writing is an essential communication tool for artists and designers.  It would be helpful to see a piece of written work (ie, written commentary on the portfolio pieces)