Art and Design Portfolio Course for Foundation (Online)

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.

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Course Leader

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Course Location


Study LevelFoundation
Study ModeFull time
Course Length10 weeks: Monday - Thursday 11.00-16.00 GMT online classroom sessions, Friday self-study day
Home/EU Fee

£4,995 per course

International Fee

£4,995 per course

Start DateCourse 1: October 2016, or Course 2: January 2017, or Course 3: April 2017
Autumn Term DatesCourse 1: 26 September - 1 December 2016, 10 weeks: Monday - Friday 11.00-16.00 GMT
Spring Term DatesCourse 2: 9 January - 16 March 2017, 10 weeks: Monday - Friday 11.00-16.00 GMT
Summer Term DatesCourse 3: 18 April - 22 June 2017, 10 weeks: Monday - Friday 11.00-16.00 GMT
Application Route
Application by Portfolio for further details please see the 'Apply' section below.

Content and structure

This course will provide you with a broad experience of art and design, giving the opportunity to experiment in the different subject areas while introducing the necessary research and drawing skills that you will need to excel at the top art and design institutions. This aim of this course is to enable you to enter onto a diagnostic pathway on foundation – where you can continue to try several different disciplines before deciding on the area you would like to specialise in for the rest of your art and design education. This is a distance-learning course and is delivered through a virtual learning environment (online).

Aims of the course

The main aim of the Art and Design Portfolio Course for Foundation (Online) is to support you to develop a strong digital and physical portfolio for application to the diagnostic pathway of the foundation diploma in art and design at central saint martins or to other similar programmes.

The course does this through:

• Facilitating you to identify the strengths of your existing work and to develop awareness of the practical methods you can use to improve on it.

• Extending your current knowledge and your experience of art and design.

• Providing you with valuable insight and understanding in art and design ready for your future studies.

• Developing your core skills in visual communication through mark making and drawing.

• Supporting you to develop the research skills essential for your further study in art and design

Who is this course for?

The Art and Design Portfolio Course for Foundation (Online) has been designed for students who are interested in pursuing further study in art and design but are not able to attend one of our portfolio preparation courses in person.This course is suitable for you if you are looking to develop a portfolio for application to a foundation diploma in art and design or other similar course.

You may decide to take this course because of one of the following reasons:

• You were not able to study art and design during high school

• You are thinking of changing careers

• You have previously applied to a Foundation course but not been successful.

• You would like to improve your portfolio and increase your chances of being offered a place on a foundation diploma, or other similar course.

As this is an online course, it is essential that all students have a good understanding of English and are able to participate confidently in conversations with Lecturers and other students. All students must have a minimum IELTS Level 5, however we recommend that students try to attain a higher level prior to the course starting where possible. We recommend that students who attend this course have already completed their high school studies. The Art and Design Portfolio Course for Foundation (Online) attracts students from all over the world and is highly sympathetic to the needs of international students.


This is a full-time distance-learning course taking place over 10 weeks through a virtual learning environment with tuition 4 days per week (Mon-Thurs between 11am and 4pm GMT).

A typical week will be as follows:

Monday: 11.00-12.30 Practical Workshop Session. 12.30-14.30 Self Directed reponses to practical workshop. 14.30-16.00 Practical Group Review Session

Tuesday: 11.00-12.30 Research Workshop Session. 12.30-14.30 Self Directed reponses to research workshop. 14.30-16.00 Research Group Review Session

Wednesday: Individual tutorials (usually 20 minutes) and online support

Thursday: Deadline to submit work online 12.00/13.30-16.00 Group feedback session to review the week. 

Students will be expected to keep a record of their work and experience on the course by creating an online portfolio through a university website. Aside from the online sessions students can expect to spend an additional 12-16 hours per week continuing their work in independent study time.

Please note that this timetable is intended as a rough guide to the course and each week may vary. 


The curriculum of the Art and Design Portfolio Course for Foundation (Online) has been designed to introduce you to the different areas of art and design without confining you to work within any one particular area. This course will start by developing your mark-making and drawing abilities, and progress onto equipping you with reflective learning and research skills for further education. You will develop an understanding of the importance of research to art and design and learn to incorporate your research into your practical work, and encourages working both 2- and 3-dimensionally.

Skills taught on this course include drawing and other visual communication techniques used in art and design, portfolio development and research techniques.

Subject areas covered on this course include, but are not limited to: 3-dimensional design and architecture, fashion and textiles, fine art, graphic and communication design, performance design and practice.



Marie Blunck-Ward focuses on experimental performances, often using technology in surprising ways. She works on theatre, film and interactive installations and regularly collaborates with artists such as spoken-word poet Polarbear and theatre company Slung Low. Her collaboration with Slung Low on Helium won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award and as part of Indian Runner, won the New Discovery Prize at the International Mime Festival in Périgueux, France. Her work has been shown at venues such as The Roundhouse and Barbican in London, and at the UK Design for Performance exhibition at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Her latest work will be part of a permanent exhibit at the V&A's new Europe 1600-1800 Galleries, opening late 2015. 

Marie holds an MA in Fine Art (Theatre) from the Slade School of Art and studied Theatre Design at Central St Martins prior to that. In addition to working on the Foundation Course, she teaches on the BA Performance Design & Practice at CSM and has taught Production Design for film at Wimbledon College of Art and Goldsmiths University.



An assessment of work will take place for those who successfully complete the course, and a certificate of attendance will be granted to all students who attend 80% or more. 

Students who have taken this course have gone on to apply for …

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins and other institutions

Fashion Folio

Graphic Design Portfolio Course

Architecture Portfolio

Textiles Portfolio

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

In order to benefit fully from this course you should be at least 18 years old and have some form of education or work experience related to art and design. You must be proficient in English, both the spoken and written word, to IELTS level 5 or equivalent. We aim to take individuals with varied levels of experience and from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

Other courses that will help with applying to Art and Design Portfolio Course for Foundation (Online) are: 

Appying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 

There are different deadlines for applying to the Foundation course for Home/EU and International students. We recommend that you carefully check the appliacation deadlines beofre you apply to this course. You can do this on the foundation course webpage:

How to Apply

We will be holding an open day this term, if you would like to receive further information including login details please email stating the open day you are interested in, your full name and telephone number.

How to apply

To apply for the Art and Design Portfolio Course for Foundation (online):
* Download and complete the Portfolio Prep Application Form [PDF, 0.1MB]

* Download and read the ADPFO Essential Application Guide [PDF, 0.1MB]

* Please read the Essential Application Guide carefully as this will have useful information on how to submit your application to the Art and Design Portfolio Course (online)

* To apply to the Art and Design Portfolio Course (online) you are requested to submit your application and mini-portfolio via a flickr account

* You will be required to submit the following:
1. A completed application form
2. A short statement (no more the 350 words)
3. Your IELTS certificate (non-native English speakers only)
4. 10 - 20 images of your work - for Portfolio Advice please refer to our ADPFO Essential Application Guide [PDF, 0.1MB]

For further information on all these points please see our ADPFO Essential Application Guide [PDF, 0.1MB]

We look forward to receiving your application.

If you have any queries please contact use our course enquiry form.

After you have submitted your portfolio, you will receive an email letting you know how long you will need to wait for your result.

NOTE: It is not possible to submit a hard copy portfolio, we are only able to accept digital portfolios.

**Please note that we are not able to accept applications that exceed 10MB in total size, if your portfolio exceeds this limit we will not consider your application for this course**

There is no strict deadline for applications. We take enrolments until each course is fully subscribed and therefore recommend students to apply as early as possible. Please note that International students will need to apply for the course as early as possible to ensure they leave sufficient time for their visa application if they are accepted to the course.

Advice for international students

Online courses are perfect for overseas students: as the courses are taught online, there are no geographical restrictions for you to attend the classes.

Please be aware that you will be required to attend live classes which will take place at a specific day and time every week. You will also need to ensure that your level of spoken and written English is sufficient to attend the course. We check that all students have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 5, however a higher level of English is advisable.  

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