he well-established foundation course is designed for post A level (or equivalent) 18 year old students, to provide a unique transitionary year between 6th form/college and
creative degrees at University.

Foundation offers an exciting and maturing experience which enables you to develop your own individual creative identity, discover and confirm which art and design discipline best suits your interests, and equips you with the skills and confidence to apply for and thrive at university on any of the many creative degrees available nationally and internationally. The course
immerses you in a range of exploratory creative activities which develop skills and introduce new techniques, approaches and, most importantly, new ways of seeing the world. You will develop high levels of critical thinking and creative interpretation.

The course is in 3 stages: in the first 6-8 weeks of the exploratory stage you explore approaches and processes intrinsic to all areas of Art, Design and Communications (including fine art, fashion, textiles, costume, graphics, illustration, photography, video, animation and 3D among many others). In the second and third stages you choose the subject you want to focus on and develop your skills in one of our 3 Pathways. Each Pathway – Art, Design, and Communication enables you to develop your specialist skills, your creative identity and helps support you through the UCAS application and interview process to achieve your aims.

You’ll follow an intensive programme of drawing, (including life drawing) and investigation of contemporary critical practice in art and design throughout the course. The course, which is free to those under 19, is designed to provide an exciting transitional experience between A Levels and degree entry. It provides opportunities to experience new media and increase contemporary
knowledge, equipping you with higher levels of personal, intellectual and practical skills. It enables you to select what’s right for your future.

Duration: One year
Entry requirements: One A-Level plus three GCSEs (at grade C or above) or equivalent, plus a suitable portfolio of work. Applicants will normally be 18 years of age or above.
Mature students (aged 21 or above) who do not have the formal qualifications are encouraged to apply.
Final grades will give the following maximum UCAS point scores: 112
Successful completion of the course will give you the qualifications and skills required to progress on to a range of degree courses or to go directly into industry. Careers include:

  • Painter
  • Illustrator
  • Photogrpaher
  • Graphic Designer
  • Textile Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Teacher