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Preparation for Foundation

Preparation for Foundation

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Julie Rooke


Preparation for Foundation is designed for international students applying for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. The course is delivered in a Foundation environment and enables students to develop a high quality portfolio of work in preparation for the Foundation.

Students will familiarise themselves with life in London during the six week course, participating in studio based projects and research trips to some of the capital's world famous museums and galleries. Regular group discussions and tutorials will build on communication skills and will support and prepare students for study in further education in art and design.

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

  • Research visits to London's major galleries and museums

  • Creative idea development through continued sketchbook practice

  • Regular tutorials and feedback on portfolio progression

Subject areas included:

  • Drawing and Painting

  • Graphic Design and Illustration

  • Interior and 3D Design

  • Fashion and Textiles

  • Theatre Design

Entry requirements
A conditional offer to study a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

  • If English isn’t your first language you will need an IELTS (or equivalent English language qualification) of level 5.0 or above with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Please check our English language requirements.  You must take IELTS Academic Test for UKVI  if you want to study the Preparation for Foundation course on a Tier 4* visa.
*Tier 4 visa information: If you request to study under Tier 4 and you are eligible to do so, you will be issued with a CAS to cover study on Preparation for Foundation course only. After successful completion of Preparation for Foundation you will need to make a new visa application for your Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at UAL.

Alternatively, if you do not have an offer to a UAL Foundation Course in Art & Design you can make a direct application** by submitting the following documents to
  • A completed application form along with a digital portfolio of around 20 images of your work.  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 you have booked a place. Please wait to receive an email confirmation that you have a place.

Regardless of your nationality, you MUST present your passport and valid visa/proof of entry clearance to the Short Course office before the start of your course.

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

Accommodation is available from 26 June to 25 August at Gardens House, adjacent to Camberwell College of Arts. Spaces are limited so we recommend to book as soon as possible. A discount code is available to students booked onto Preparation Courses.


Preparation for Foundation FAQ's (PDF 106KB)

Preparation for Foundation Booking Form (PDF 148KB)

Preparation for Foundation Handbook - 2019 (PDF 179KB)

Tutor Description

Julie has a BA in Silversmithing & Jewellery and an MDes (RCA) in Fashion Design (Millinery specialisation). Julie is an experienced foundation tutor, working for many years at Wimbledon College of Arts and has also taught at BA level on several fashion and theatre courses. Now working in the Hat & Jewellery department at the Royal Opera House, Julie freelances for a range of film, theatre and dance companies working across a wide range of processes and materials. She developed the Preparation to Foundation course in 2009 and has been the lead tutor ever since.


Most of the materials will be provided by the college. However, please make sure you bring the following materials on the first day of the course:

  • A set of drawing pencils, including a good selection ranging from 2H - 8B (We suggest you get a larger set which you can then use for the Foundation course)

  • A3 (420 x 297 mm) hard backed sketchbook

  • A selection of coloured pencils/conte/pastels

  • A selection of fine liner pens

  • A small notebook (A5 size)

  • A putty rubber would be useful for life drawing

Available dates