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Preparation for Foundation Online Short Course

Course description

Now accepting applications for online study: 11 January - 19 February

Please refer to the How to Apply section before making payment.

Preparation for Foundation is a broad ranging course designed for international students applying for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. The course is designed to enable students to develop a high-quality portfolio of work in preparation for the Foundation course.

During the six week course, students will participate in a variety of project based research and activities, designed to develop a multi disciplinary approach. Regular online group discussions and tutorials will build on communication skills and will support and prepare students for study in further education in art and design

At the end of the course, all students who wish to apply to either to Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at either Central Saint Martins of Camberwell College of Arts, will be invited to take part in a formal portfolio review at the end of the course.

Online delivery

The course will be delivered online through a platform called Blackboard Collaborate. Blackboard Collaborate® is a licensed 'online classroom' and encompasses web conferencing, mobile collaboration, instant messaging, and additional features relevant to your course.

The group will also have access to a dedicated online space providing students with access to course content. This collaborative space will also allow students to share information ideas and creations. Invited participants can post comments, images, videos and links in a safe and moderated environment.

A list of equipment needed to participate in the course can be found in the materials list below.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times click here.

Online learning

  • Interactive classes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Live demonstrations
  • Portfolio space
  • Online handouts and learning materials
  • Personal feedback
  • A virtual learning environment (VLE) with course content
  • Certificate upon completion

Activities will be scheduled between the hours of 09:00 – 15:00 (UK Time) including a mixture of live classes, one to one tutorials, peer learning and independent study.

How to apply

Entry requirements

  • If English isn't your first language you will need an intermediate level of English. If English is not your first language you should have IELTs 5.0 (or equivalent English language qualification) with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • A portfolio of 15-20 examples of your work, for more information please visit UAL’s Portfolio Preparation webpage
    Or, a conditional offer to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at UAL

Making your application**

To apply for this course please complete the Booking form and, unless you have a conditional offer to the Foundation, return this with:

  • A short statement (no more the 150 words) outlining your educational qualifications and reasons for applying to this course
  • 15-20 high resolution images of your work
  • An IELTS (or equivalent English language qualification) of level 5.0 or above with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Other certificates may be accepted

Important information for students with a conditional offer to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at UAL

If you have English language qualifications as part of your offer, you are still required to meet these conditions. These will be listed in your offer letter.

Approved SELT providers
We would like to remind you if you need a Student visa to study from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), and do not hold a passport from a majority English speaking country as defined by UKVI, you must pass a Secure English language test (SELT) from an approved provider such as IELTS Academic for UKVI.

The UK Government has recently increased the number of approved SELT providers. LanguageCert centres have now already been added to the official list of approved providers, and we expect Pearson test centres to be added very soon.

Visit the website for the most up-to-date list of SELT providers approved by UKVI.

We also recommend that you read our English language requirements webpage for the latest guidance.

**Submitting an application does not confirm you have booked a place. Please wait to receive an email confirmation that you have a place.

If you wish to apply to a UAL Foundation in Art and Design, please note that a separate application must be made. For further details please visit the UAL Foundation course page.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -
  • Table (or wall) space that allows you to work to at least A2 size (420mms x 594mms) or bigger.

Course specific materials for online delivery

Please try to gather the following materials, or similar, which you will use throughout the course:

  • A set of drawing pencils, including a good selection ranging from HB - 9B (We suggest you get a larger set which you can then use for the Foundation course)
  • A2 cartridge paper, either in a sketchbook or loose leaf.
  • A3 (297x420 mm) sketchbook
  • Some different papers to work with. E.g. brown paper, tracing paper, tissue, coloured, cardboard, foils, graph paper, hand-made papers…
  • A selection of coloured pencils/conte/charcoal/graphite sticks
  • Fine liner pen/marker pen
  • Acrylic paint – process colours - magenta/cyan/yellow plus black and white
  • Painting palette or paper plate
  • Masking tape
  • Craft knife and a metal ruler (30cm)
  • Cutting mat, or cardboard to use instead
  • Glue stick and UHU glue
  • A selection of household materials such a paper straws, paperclips, rubber bands, paper/plastic cups, cotton buds, paper fasteners, bamboo skewers – be inventive!
  • Selection of paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Needles and thread
  • Ball of String
  • Thin white card, A4 or A3 size
  • Household sponge
  • White candle
  • Fixative or hairspray
  • Black ink
  • Thin beading wire
  • Plasticine, in a neutral colour e.g. stone or white
  • A2 mount board one sheet of black and one sheet of white
  • A2 foam board
  • A torch, or small, portable lamp.
  • A printer

Other, non-essential, but useful materials:

  • Acetate sheets
  • Pliers
  • Fabric scraps
  • Assortment of wires
  • Foam board, A4 or A3
  • PVA glue
  • Glue gun and sticks
  • A collection of clean packaging material e.g. old shampoo or washing up liquid bottles. Packaging from foodstuffs or other products (clear is best).


Key course elements:

  • Tuition from the University of Arts London Foundation course tutors
  • Drawing, painting and 3D projects to enhance current skills
  • An introduction to creative thinking
  • An introduction to research based problem solving
  • Creative development of ideas through design development and sketchbook use
  • Tutorial advice and feedback on portfolio progression
  • Invitation to attend a formal portfolio review, to apply for a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Subject areas included:

  • Fine Art: Drawing and Painting
  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • 3D, Product and Spatial Design
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Design for Theatre, Screen and Performance;
  • Conceptual Practice



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Preparation for Foundation is a broad ranging course designed for international students applying for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. The course is designed to enable students to develop a high-quality portfolio of work in preparation for the Foundation course.
Please refer to the How to Apply section before making payment.

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