This pre-degree course prepares you to apply with confidence for a place on any Art and Design BA (Hons) degree course. This is an intensive, creative course that promotes and stimulates inventive and experimental analysis of the arts. Your experience will be rich, diverse and challenging. Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Students will regularly work with outside businesses on live projects and exhibit in external venues.
The course is designed to bridge the gap between A-levels and higher-level specialist degree courses at prime universities. The course tutors are experienced professional artists and designers who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and creative ideas with them. Our goal is to provide the creative groundwork on which you can base the rest of your professional life. For the first few months' students will work in the exploratory stage, where they will explore media experimentation across a range of art and design disciplines.
Students then move into the specialist pathway stage where they can chose from a range of subjects listed below: Fine Art - Including Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Installation. Graphic media - Including Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Digital imaging, 3D Computer modelling. 3D Design - Including Product Design, Furniture Design, Architecture, Interior, Landscape Design. Lens Based - Including Film, Photography. Fashion and Textiles - Including Fashion Design, Fashion Promotion, Textile Design, Fine Art Textiles, Surface Pattern.
The curriculum also includes; the history of art and design, visiting practising lecturers, real life industry projects, life drawing and professional practice. During the last 3 months students will work at Level 4 producing their own self-directed Final Major Project, which comes together in a final exhibition. Assessment is through a continuous assessment of portfolio and project work evaluations leading to a final major project.
This is a pre-degree programme suitable for 18+ applicants intending to apply to higher education. Entrants typically have either a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, or A Levels including Art and/ or Design. You will also be required to provide a portfolio of your art and design work at interview. If you are a mature applicant (21+), we would be happy to interview you based on a representative portfolio of your artwork.
After Your Course
The natural progression is to HE and then into the following careers, but some of the below can be accessed straight from the Foundation course. There are a huge range of local and international careers in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Marketing, Illustration, Fashion Design, Textiles, Printmaking, Animation, Interior Design, Film and Theatre Design, Fashion Promotion, Landscape Design and Product Design.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2022/23 academic year.
Level 3-6 Courses
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/22).
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.
The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.
16-18 year olds
There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/22, and are not studying at another institution.