COURSE OVERVIEW

The well-established foundation course is designed for post A-Level (or equivalent) 18-year-old students, to provide a unique transitionary year between sixth form/college and creative degrees at university. It’s an intensive, exciting and maturing experience which enables you to develop your own individual creative identity, discover and confirm which art and design discipline best suits your interests, and equips you with the skills and confidence to apply for and thrive at university on any of the many creative degrees available nationally and internationally. In the first 6-8 weeks you try out all the different art and design areas, then, for the duration of the course, specialise in the area of your choice. Foundation immerses you in a range of exploratory activities, which develop skills, introduce new techniques, approaches and, most importantly, new ways of seeing the world. You will develop high levels of critical thinking and creative interpretation. Throughout you’ll follow an intensive programme of drawing, (including life drawing) and investigation of contemporary critical practice in art and design.

YOU WILL STUDY IN THREE PARTS ON THIS COURSE:

Part 1: Learning Skills and Context: the first six-eight weeks of two week rotations will guide you to explore approaches and processes intrinsic to all areas of Art, Design and Communication. You will learn more about the creative and design process, to think outside the box, to work open-mindedly and experientially; and you’ll learn to reflect on and challenge your own thinking. Part 2: Development and Progression: you choose the subject you want to focus on and develop your specialist skills in one of our three Pathways. Each Pathway - Art, Design, Communication enables you to develop your skills and creative identity in specialist areas such as fine art, fashion, textiles, costume, graphics, illustration, photography, video, animation and 3D. Your pathway tutor supports you through the UCAS application and interview process to achieve your aims. Part 3: Proposal and Realisation: is the final part and the only graded part of the course. You’ll design and complete your own project which will showcase your learning as a part of the Diploma Exhibition. Foundation, which is free to those aged under 19 years old, helps you avoid costly mistakes by enabling you to be sure of your subject choice at degree level. We have excellent rates of progression to our own university level campus and other top universities across the country. The official title of this course is: Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies and is awarded by UAL: Awarding Body (University of the Arts London).

'You get amazing support and all the tutors really encourage you to do what you want'

HELENA GREENING -FOUNDATION DIPLOMA - NOW OXFORD UNIVERSITY

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

DURATION - 1 YEAR

One A-Level plus at least three GCSEs (including Maths and English) at C/4 grade or above plus a suitable portfolio of work

Final grades will give the following maximum UCAS points score of:

STUDENT WORK

The course has outstanding progression with over 98% progressing to degrees in a variety of subjects.

STUDENT PROFILE

FIONA CAMERON

What do you enjoy most about your course?
It’s the freedom to be able to do what you want to do. And there’s so much support available.
What’s your favourite thing about The Northern School of Art?It’s a really friendly atmosphere. It’s a nice community and the teachers are always more than happy to help and support.

What are your next steps? I’ve got a place at Oxford to study Fine Art. I always knew I wanted to further my study in fine art but didn’t know where I wanted to go and then I finally plucked up the courage to apply to Oxford. The interview was really intense, I’m so happy to have been given a place.
What's surprised you about your time here? I kind of knew the gist of the course as my brother studied this course before me and he absolutely loved it. When I saw his progress it made me want to study here too. Its changed my style a lot, it’s given me so much more confidence and has allowed me to experiment with lots of different disciplines; we can go into graphics and fashion textiles which really helps to develops areas in fine art too or whatever your chosen pathway is.

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