- Start dateOctober, January, April, June
- Course lengthCourse 1-3, 9 weeks / Course 4, 7 weeks
Orientation to Art and Design
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).
Many international students would like to study art and design in Britain. They are unable to do so because their national education systems do not give them the opportunity to develop the portfolio of art work needed to apply to study at a UK art college. This nine-week course combines studio and workshop practice with one day's English Language teaching per week* giving you the chance to build your portfolio and continue your English Language studies while living and working in central London. The course works with the college's International Office to ensure that the curriculum is regularly updated so that, upon successfully completing the course, entry to a foundation-level course is very likely.
*For students who do not require English Language studies additional projects will be set to allow you to continue your portfolio work.
Aims of the course
The objective of this full-time programme of study is to enable you to develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills for entry on to a foundation-level course. This includes observational, analytical and research skills, the control of materials and processes in the realisation of ideas, the capacity to evaluate your work and the work of others and to establish communication skills with particular reference to language used to discuss work in the studio. The curriculum is regularly reviewed by academic staff to ensure that it is meeting the criteria required by foundation-level admission tutors. A very large percentage of students who successfully complete this course will be successful in their application to the Foundation Diploma courses at Central Saint Martins or a foundation-level course elsewhere.
At the beginning of the course you are given a timetable of projects, which enables you to prepare for tasks that lie ahead, and will help you evaluate and digest completed work. Beginning with basic drawing and observational skills, the coursework will progress through painting and colour theory, life drawing, 3D construction projects, clay and plaster casting, architectural drawing, photomedia and design for the body. There will also be projects based around visits to local museums and galleries. All projects must be completed and the final part of the course will involve producing an exhibition of completed work. Progress on the course is regularly evaluated through tutorials that are scheduled as part of the timetable. Students are asked to provide their own materials for drawing - all other specialist materials are provided.
The English language tuition will emphasise speaking and listening skills especially within the context of English used in the art college environment. It will also include discussions about specialist art and design subjects and visits to museums and galleries.Students entering the course are given a timetable of projects, enabling them to prepare for tasks that lie ahead as well as evaluate and digest completed work. All projects must be completed. Progress on the course is regularly evaluated through tutorials which will be scheduled as part of the timetable.
Due to student demand, we have condensed our summer Orientation to Art and Design course into 7 weeks. This means that you will still have the same number of teaching hours, but you will be expected to be in college for longer each day. The main reason for this change is to give international students longer to renew their visa between the end of the Orientation to Art and Design and the start of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We hope that this will improve students experience on both courses. If you would like to give us any feedback on this change please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Leader: Martin Blake
How to apply
To apply, use our online Orientation to Art and Design application form.
We will only review completed applications, which must include:
- A completed application form
- A short statement (no more the 350 words)
- 10 - 20 images of your work via a flickr account. Please see the advice below for more information:
- Your IELTS certificate (non-native English speakers only)
*Please note that there is no strict deadline for applications. We take enrolments until each course is fully subscribed and therefore recommend students to apply at least three months prior to the course start date to avoid disappointment. 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.
We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any queries please 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.
All international students attending portfolio preparation courses will need a Short-term Study Visa (STS) to attend the course. Students can find out more about the Short-term Study Visa (STS) from the UK Government’s Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.
It is each student’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct visa to study on a course, and to ensure that they have read through the immigration information on the UKVI website. If a student does not have the correct visa to study on their chosen course they will not be able to join the course.
Short-term Study Visa’s allow students to study in the UK for up to 6 months in a year. This means that International students will only be able to take portfolio preparation and short courses that last for a combined total of less than 6 months in any one year. We advise that student’s carefully choose which courses they apply to, in consultation with our staff, to ensure they receive the maximum benefit from the courses to their portfolio and development.
Students should be aware that all Visas for the UK are issued at UKVI’s discretion, and they reserve the right to refuse entry clearance to any individual.
Any student who is thinking of attending the course on a visa that is not a Short-term Study Visa (STS) should contact the portfolio preparation team immediately at email@example.com
Applicants should be at IELTS level 5.0 in English language and should have started to establish a portfolio of drawings. All applicants must submit an online application with recent work before being accepted on to the course (please see further details in the How to Apply section below). This course is open to students aged 17 years and older.
Other courses that will help with applying to Orientation to Art and Design are:
- Beginners drawing
- Beginners painting
- Creative drawing
- Developing your drawing
- Drawing now
- Drawing portfolio
- Evening painting
- Experimental printmaking
- Foundation in drawing
- Introduction to drawing
- Introduction to sculpture
- Life drawing
- Total drawing
- Towards abstraction
See www.csm.arts.ac.uk/shortcourses for further information.
Fees and funding
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Careers and alumni
The objective of this full-time programme of study is to enable students to develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills for entry on to a Foundation course. This includes observational, analytical and research skills, the control of materials and processes in the realisation of ideas, the capacity to evaluate your work and the work of others and to establish communication skills with particular reference to studio language.