Coldstream A and B - Notes on some of the implications for sixth forms in the Report "The Structure of Art and Design Education"
Since their inception foundation courses have had an uneasy relationship with sixth forms. While on the one hand both groups have been competing for the same calibre of student, Art Colleges have often required students to have completed two years in the sixth form, but have been unable to offer any incentive for the student to stay at school until eighteen. On the contrary it has meant an extra year at least before he is qualified. If the Report is implemented it will remove this anomaly.
";Four years in an art college course after a good general education of sixth form standard is and will remain for most students necessary in order to maintain the high standard which is looked for in the Dip.A.D.
";All Diploma courses should have a minimum age of entry of 18.
";The minimum general education requirements for admission to Diploma courses should be retained at five GCE passes at '0' level (or an approved equivalent) but specific requirements for other qualifications may be adopted for individual courses. Exemption from the minimum requirements should continue to be permissible in cases of students of marked creative promise. Colleges are asked to keep this exceptional clause in mind";.
The two types of Dip.A.D. proposed, 'A' and 'B' are to recruit in different ways, the 'A' courses from 18+ foundation courses and the 'B' direct from sixth forms.
";Four-year Diploma courses (Group B) may be preceded by a one-year foundation course but is expected they wi!!frequently be entered direct from the sixth form or the equivalent. ";