Foundation and Access to HE
We encourage an exploratory approach, giving you a critically creative environment and a wide range of skills to begin defining your own creative practice. The course is unique in offering both specialist and diagnostic modes of study. If you’re confident about your future direction, the specialist course lets you apply to one of five curriculum areas. The diagnostic course allows you to explore a wide range of art and design disciplines as part of your preparation for BA application.
In the 3-Dimensional Design and Architecture curriculum area we encourage the exploration of materials and the development of making skills. Students learn how to use tools and machinery. Creative ideas are developed through drawing and through experimental model making. We offer three specialist pathways: Architecture & Spatial Design, Product Design & Ceramics and Jewellery, Footwear & Fashion Accessories.
The Fashion and Textiles curriculum area encompasses a broad range of activities and disciplines. The two pathways are closely related, allowing students a range of options for developing skills in specific areas. We encourage students to develop their individual strengths and support them in creating a personal and creative portfolio. NB This curriculum area is now closed to international applicants for this year, the other areas are still open.
In the Fine Art curriculum area, you are free to make work that explores the use of colour, the image and representation (Painting), materials, process, space and the site (Sculpture), through to the use of time-based media including video and sound, or work that deliberately incorporates or confronts an audience (Fine Art Practice).
In the Graphic and Communication Curriculum Area we encourage a broad understanding of the field of Graphic and Communication Design and place a great deal of emphasis on the development and communication of ideas and creative thinking. We offer specialist pathways in: Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and Fashion Communication.
With its focus firmly on practical skills and techniques, Foundation Studies in Performance broadens your horizons and lets you test your aims and aptitudes in a supportive environment. You’ll emerge very well placed to apply for further training in the highly specialised, competitive and demanding performance sector.
The 3D Design Portfolio course includes the areas of product design, ceramics and jewellery. This immersive course helps build students understanding of the processes of 3D design within real world scenarios. Encouraging experiential research, iterative idea development, experimentation and practical application of materials and methods. Students will develop their skills on a project to project basis across all three areas in order to build a comprehensive portfolio of work for progression onto a BA or MA.
Applying to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design in the UK is very competitive and you will need to be able to show a collection of work that demonstrates your skills, strengths and potential to gain a place. The Art and Design Portfolio Course for Foundation (Online) will help you to develop a strong digital and physical portfolio that is designed to highlight your strengths to admissions tutors.
The objective of this highly intensive fashion programme is for students to produce their 'best' portfolio of work possible in order to apply for an undergraduate, postgraduate fashion programme or for employment.
The objective of the Graphic Design Portfolio Course is to provide students with a solid foundation in graphic design or to develop established skills. It is expected that the majority of students will use the course to apply to BA of MA courses by building an original and effective graphic design portfolio. This is not a computer software course but rather reflects the studio-based and idea generation nature of graphic design. It is highly international and sympathetic to the need of international students.
The Orientation to Art and Design has been carefully created to help students with little or no art and design education to bridge the gap between their current skill level and the experience and knowledge required to gain access to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (or other equivalent course).
The Photography PPA Portfolio Course will enhance your knowledge of photography through the understanding of professional processes and skills and the building of an original and personally tailored photography portfolio. While primarily aimed at helping students develop a portfolio to apply for MA programs or for their own professional practice, this course can also help students build a portfolio for application to undergraduate photography programs.
The Textiles Portfolio provides students with a thorough grounding in the different areas of textile design: Knit, Print and Weave. Underpinned by a philosophy of experimentation, visual research and conceptual thinking this exciting programme is designed to allow students to explore and expand their textiles practice while building a portfolio of work for professional practice or future study in diverse areas including textiles, fashion, fine art, costume, surface and jewellery design.
Please note that we still have a few places available for Foundation Studies in Performance.