Preparation for Foundation Online Short Course
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the demands of their multidisciplinary Foundation course. The practice-based course is broadly intended to develop practical, critical and verbal skills. Students are introduced to a range of, sometimes new and unfamiliar, design disciplines and their working practices, as well as exploring drawing through a range of approaches. Students will gain confidence and have a better understanding of what is required of them in a teaching and learning environment for full-time study 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
Who should attend?
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. All students without an offer to Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, will be invited to take part in a formal portfolio review at the end of the course.
On the satisfactory completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
- An awareness of a wide range of practical, conceptual and critical skills used in art and design, suitable as a basis for their progression onto Foundation study.
- Student portfolios will show evidence of: An investigation and experience of mark making that has explored media and surface
- An exploration and development of visual language through a range of analytical drawing exercises
- An Investigation of approaches to image-making and consideration of how images are used in various contexts
- A range of approaches to research gathering and an understanding of its importance as the basis for developing design ideas and problem solving
- The development and understanding of a meticulous and professional method of working, from the initial research stage through to the final resolution, including problem solving and design development
- An understanding of the processes involved in progressing ideas from 2D into 3DExperience in using and manipulating a range of materials to investigate the communication of ideas and concepts
- The development and use of narrative to build and explore themes and images
- An understanding of the importance of critical thinking and its role within the creative process
- An understanding of the importance of being contextually aware
- An ability to plan and manage time effectively
All our online short courses include
- Live online lessons with the same tutors
- Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
- Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
- Forums for support
- 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom session
Activities will be scheduled between the hours of 09:00 – 15:00 (UK Time) and will include a mixture of live classes, one to one tutorials, crits, peer learning and independent study.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 directly (if you do not already have a conditional offer to a Foundation course at UAL) please complete the Application Form. You will require:
- 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 gov.uk 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.
Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.
Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.
Learning and Teaching Methods
Students will learn through a range of studio based activities. These will include: group discussions, project work, peer discussion and critiques and through the use of reflective journals,self and peer assessment and sketchbooks.
Teaching methods will include one to one and group tuition, demonstrations, visual aids, and critiques.
Online assessment of students will happen throughout the course, in group, peer and 1 to 1 formats. There will also be a final one to one portfolio review with a tutor at the end of the course, identifying strengths and areas for improvement.
Week One: Observed Drawing A series of observed drawing, painting and other media exercises intended to encourage analytical observation skills, an explorative approach with a range of media, and an on-going experimental approach to drawing.
Week Two - Five: Design Projects A series of one week design projects are undertaken to introduce and familiarise students with the ways of working required in specialist design areas. Drawing is used as a research and development tool to progress ideas in sketchbooks and on design sheets.
Week Six: Personal Project and Portfolio review Students undertake a self-directed brief that invites them to build on and develop what they have learnt on the course so far, creating an outcome and using a range of skills that best suits their interests. Final portfolio reviews are carried out.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make a booking?
Online via our website. Or, if paying by BACS, you will need to complete the online booking form.
Do I need an offer before applying to the Preparation course?
No, you can also apply to the Preparation course if you do not have an offer to a full time UAL course, you can make a direct application* by submitting the following documents to email@example.com. For more guidance on preparing a portfolio, please visit UAL’s Portfolio Preparation webpage.
- A personal statement (maximum 50 words) outlining your educational qualifications and reasons for applying to this course.
- 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.*
Submitting an application does not confirm of your booking on the course. We will assess your work and email to inform you of our decision.
Students who wish to apply for either the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at either Central Saint Martins or Camberwell College of Art, will be invited to attend a formal portfolio review at the end of the course.
What documents must I provide with my booking?
Once we receive the following documents, we will check that you are eligible to study this course and send you an email confirming your place.
- A copy of your passport
- A copy of the required IELTS (or equivalent)
If you are progressing to a full time course at UAL after completing your programme and 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. 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 gov.uk 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.
When is the deadline to submit my booking?
Bookings will be accepted up to one month before the start of the course. Please read section 8 of our terms and conditions carefully with particular attention to our refund policy.
When is the final date of enrolment?
The final date for enrolment is on the first Monday, one week after the start of the course.
Do I receive an accredited certificate on completion of the course?
No, a certificate of attendance will be issued on completion of the Preparation course.
Online Short Course Materials
To take part in the Online sessions you will need:
- A laptop or computer (a mobile phone will not be suitable)
- 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)
- 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 - https://www.speedtest.net
- Table (or wall) space that allows you to work to at least A2 size (420mms x 594mms) or bigger.
Course specific materials for online deliveryPlease 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
- 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
- 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).
Meet the Tutor:
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.