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Foundation Preparation for 16 to 18 Year Old IB Students

Foundation Preparation for 16 to 18 Year Old IB Students

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
with others, Emma Tod


This three-week course is ideal for International Baccalaureate students aged 16 - 18 who need to be better equipped to apply to a Foundation course, whether at Central Saint Martins or elsewhere. Most IB art and design students find they have learnt the technical skills but lack key skills that Foundation tutors are looking for, such as research skills, sketchbook development, idea generation, decision making and development skills.

The course is not about creating finished artwork but about the processes involved in making mature, informed decisions about your own practice, and how to present your work in the most engaging portfolio possible. Upon successful completion you will have a portfolio of work in progress, examples of research and development and a new found confidence to work independently outside of the IB curriculum on your own work and ideas.

Throughout the course you will address a range of different disciplines within art and design. Your exploration will encompass fine art, 3D design, graphics, fashion and textile, giving you the skills to produce a personal and broad portfolio, and a comprehensive experience of studying at Foundation level.

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

Tutor Description

Emma is an artist and lecturer at Central Saint Martins. She currently teaches on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and has taught on BA and MA programmes within the university.

She has an MFA from The Slade School of Art and a BA from Falmouth School of Art. She works across several disciplines including video, photography, painting and artists’ books. She was a founding member of Gasworks Artists’ Studios, was selected for the new contemporaries and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the ICA and Royal Academy.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, good quality paper
  • Small good quality notebook (for note taking)
  • Drawing and mark- making materials - (selection of pencils, pens, inks, chalk, rubber, etc
  • Small set of good quality acrylic paints
  • A few good quality brushes for painting
  • Good pair of scissors (Wilkinson Sword)
  • Scalpel
  • A4 cutting mat
  • Camera
  • Money for travel, exhibitions and extra materials (around £150)

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.