- This course is open to students aged 17 years and older
- Non-native English speakers should be at IELTS level 6.0 in English language, for more information please visit UAL’s English Language Requirements webpage
- To support your application you should have the beginning of a portfolio of 15-20 examples of your work, for more information please visit UAL’s Portfolio Preparation webpage
Orientation to Art and Design
Now accepting applications for 2020 and 2021.
Orientation to art and design is a single 7 or 9 week course 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 visual thinking required to gain access to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (or other equivalent course).
This course combines the studio and workshop practice of broad based art and design projects in line with the general requirements for entry to a foundation study program, giving you the chance to build your portfolio whilst expanding your creativity.
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 your completed work. Beginning with basic drawing and observational skills, the coursework will progress through:
- Increasing knowledge of contemporary art and design practice
- Using sketchbooks to record research and visual thinking
- 2D and 3D construction projects
- Idea based project work
- Architectural drawing and research study
- Design for communication projects
- Life Drawing
- Photomedia and collage
- Design for the body
- Assembling a completed portfolio and personal statement
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 a portfolio 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.
View the information leaflet for Orientation to Art and Design [PDF 1.9MB]
2020 / 2021
28 September 2020 – 27 November 2020 (9 weeks)
Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM
11 January 2021 – 12 March 2021 (9 weeks)
Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM
12 April 2021 – 11 June 2021 (9 weeks)
Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM
21 June 2021– 6 August 2021 (7 weeks)
Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM
Curriculum / learning and teaching
The objective of this full time programme of study is to enable you to develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills for application to or entry on a foundation level course. This includes:
- Observation and reflection skills
- Analytical research skills
- The control of materials and processes in the realisation of ideas
- A capacity to evaluate your work and the work of others
- The ability to establish communication skills with particular reference to the language used to discuss work in the studio
This course is runs for 9 weeks or 7 weeks during the condensed June programme. 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 reason for this change is to give international students longer to renew their visa between the end of the Orientation to Art and Design course and the start of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
Martin Blake (course leader) began teaching at Central Saint Martins as a Group Tutor on Foundation and then moved full-time to Orientation in 2009. Orientation has grown in popularity and provides a perfect opportunity for students to prepare a portfolio for successful application to a Foundation Course.
“What I particularly enjoy about Orientation is the small class size which gives the opportunity for one to one teaching and helps students to discover their strengths.
My own practice lies within Painting which for me began with large scale works which connected with maps and aerial images. More recently I have concentrated on geometric constructions which mirror architectural structures. I am interested in all aspects of the visual world from fashion to film, and am a firm believer in learning as a lifelong process.” – Martin Blake
The course is also taught by visiting tutors and UAL staff.
How to apply
Opportunities for all
We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.
Making your application
To apply for this course please click on the “Apply” button located at the top of this page, you will be redirect to a course application form which you will need to complete.
We will only review completed applications, which must include:
- A completed application form
- A short statement (no more the 350 words)
- An up-to-date CV
- 15-20 high resolution images of your work
All international students from outside the European Union will need a Short-term Study Visa (STS) in order to attend one of our portfolio courses. To find out more please visit UAL's Immigration guidance for short course students web page.
After you apply
We will review your application.
Fees & Funding
Home / EU fee
£4,995 per course
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials, for more details please visit the UAL’s Additional Costs webpage.
Please visit the Accommodation webpage to see the options available to you and to find out how much they will cost.