The Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies course at Central Saint Martins is based at the Archway campus, which is where all studio teaching sessions, technical workshop access and additional study support sessions are delivered.
Foundation students have access to and are expected to use the library, learning zones, loan store, student centre, lecture theatres, digital print facilities and the Lethaby Gallery via the King’s Cross campus.
This course is part of the Access and Progression to Higher Education Programme.
There are two modes of study:
- The diagnostic mode allows you to spend time within each of the four curriculum areas before specialisation. This mode is best suited to students who are not yet certain of a particular subject
- The specialist mode is for students who are confident of their future direction. This mode allows you to apply directly to one of the four curriculum areas.
The four curriculum areas are:
Each curriculum area is sub-divided into pathways. Please see curriculum area pages for further information about the curriculum areas and their pathway options.
Whichever mode you choose, over the first 10 weeks (Part One of the course) you will rotate through a series of projects that will ask you to experiment with a range of materials and processes that support ideas development within art and design. After this initial period of investigation and experimentation you will be guided, through tutorials and assessment, to the specialist pathway that best suits your interests and abilities.
Fine Art Curriculum Area
There have been countless attempts to define Fine Art and the role of the artist in society. The statements above are good examples that show the scope of this constantly developing debate. All of the statements are thought provoking and allow you to make up your own mind — Art itself does the same thing.
You will discover by engaging in the projects that Art is fundamentally related to representation, and more specifically related to representing the Abstract — that is anything indefinable, intangible, invisible and hard to locate in the world you experience.
The area will seek to support you in finding your own visual language or ‘voice’. It will further help you place this voice in relation to the work of other artists, through a consideration of the History of Art and regular critique and discussion.
The intellectual nature of the subject is the reason why next year you might study BA Fine Art alongside English, Philosophy, Science or other Humanities subjects. All Fine Art BA courses promote in you a level of independence, adaptability and resourcefulness that will stand you in great stead well beyond graduation.
The Painting pathway is strongly determined by the medium of paint itself. You’ll learn and develop ways in which paint can be used and manipulated physically in relation to itself, to the surface on which it is applied and in relation to colour. In addition there is a thorough investigation of the language of the image and of other modes of representation.
Within UAL, Painting students typically gain entry to CSM 2D or 4D, Chelsea BA Fine Art and Camberwell and Wimbledon Painting.
Sculpture investigates both the physical and temporal nature of the world — objects and materials (the stuff of the world), what happens when humans do something to these things (process and action) and physical space (site specificity, installation). Centre stage in Sculpture is that work develops by the act of you yourself doing/making the work. For this reason, if you are someone that has to make, and wants to use the workshops, you should choose this pathway.
Within UAL, Sculpture students typically gain entry to CSM 3D or XD, Chelsea BA Fine Art and Camberwell and Wimbledon Sculpture
Fine Art: 4D
The 4D pathway’s focus is on the interplay between artistic experiment, media and technology, and explores the use of time-based media, lens-based production, durational performance and digital media. Projects and debates develop skills to critique and engage with pressing cultural and social issues as 'Big Data', 'Post-truth', identity, social well-being, creative economy, future cities, mediation and the commons.
Within UAL, 4D students typically gain entry to CSM 4D and XD, Chelsea BA Fine Art, Drawing at Camberwell and Photography at LCC.
Within UAL, Fine Art Practice students typically gain entry to CSM 4D and XD, Chelsea BA Fine Art, Drawing at Camberwell, Print & Time Based Media at Wimbledon and Photography at LCC. Some students also go on to study at the CSM Communication, Criticism and Curation course (CCC).
The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design runs for 32 weeks full time over one year and is divided into three parts.
Each part is made up of units and each unit has a credit value. Units are the basic building blocks of your course and can be described as a self-contained package of learning defined in terms of learning time. This includes taught time, independent study, access to resources, and assessment.
Each part is made up of 40 credits. Part One consists of 40 Level Three credits and Parts Two and Three consist of 40 Level Four credits each.
To progress to Part Two you're expected to complete the units of Part One successfully.
To progress to Part Three (i.e. Unit Seven) you're expected to complete all previous units successfully. To be awarded a Foundation Diploma you must accumulate 120 credits in total. This means you'll need to complete all units of the course in order to gain the Foundation Diploma.
You're expected to attend Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am - 4.30pm, and occasionally on a Wednesday or Friday for workshop inductions and additional classes.