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Art and Design

LIPC 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 LIPC, 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 help you create a portfolio of art work appropriate for continuing to the next stage of a degree programme at undergraduate level.  A range of basic to lower intermediate skills will be developed using drawing, painting, digital skills, photography and 3D sculpture, installation and model making.  You will develop your ideas using sketch books and design sheets and will develop the ability to record and evaluate your own practice.  You will create a body of work suitable for a portfolio, which will be aligned, and demonstrate the skills required, to your continuation route.  

Contextual Studies in Art, Design & Media

This module helps you to develop an ongoing critical understanding of contemporary, historical and cultural influences in which to inspire and inform your own practice.  You also use this module to reflect and inform your choice of degree and continuation onto 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, collage, etc.  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.

Additional modules include:

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



Undergraduate degree options  
Architecture BA (Hons) 
Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)
Contour Fashion BA (Hons)
Contour Fashion Communication BA (Hons)
Design Crafts BA (Hons)
Fashion Buying with Design BA (Hons)  
Fashion Buying with Garment Technology 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) 

 - new for 2018, subject to validation 

Fashion Design BA (Hons) 
Fashion Textiles BA (Hons)
Fine Art BA (Hons)
Footwear Design BA (Hons)
Interior Design BA (Hons) 
Photography and Video BA (Hons)
Product Design BA (Hons)
Product Design BSc (Hons)
Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons)
Textile Design BA (Hons)


Portfolio advice

LIPC 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) 



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