Undergraduate study


Art and Design Foundation Studies

Arts, English and Drama

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
Foundation studies 1 year (foundation course) 01 October 2018

Top 40

In the UK for Art and Design

Complete University Guide, 2016, 2017, 2018

Top 5

for Art and Design

in the UK

Complete University Guide 2016, 2017, 2018 and Times Good University Guide 2018

Rated Outstanding

in the latest Ofsted inspection

for learning outcomes

Art and Design Foundation Studies

Loughborough’s Art and Design Foundation is a fast paced, fun and creative course that encourages you to develop your artistic ability. You will learn a broad range of skills before tailoring the course to what you enjoy and eventually choosing the specialist undergraduate course best suited to you.

Our Art and Design foundation studies course leads to a UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies, satisfying the entrance requirements for progression to undergraduate courses in Art and Design.

Our students enjoy successful progression each year to the broadest range of art and design undergraduate degree courses nationwide and internationally.

Graduate destinations

In 2016/17, 93% of our students went on to study in higher education. Of these, 66% enrolled on art and design degree programmes at Loughborough. Destination courses at other universities included Game Art, Marketing, Fashion Design Technology, Sculpture, Interaction Design, History of Art, and Television and Film Set Design.


Course structure

Art and Design Foundation Studies is structured by stages, during each stage you will need to complete a set number of units.

Please note that the structure below applies to the 2016/17 academic year and may be subject to change.

Stage 1 : Exploratory

Stage 1 : Exploratory

Unit 1: Researching, Recording and Responding in Art and Design
Unit 2: Media Experimentation in Art and Design

This first stage provides the basis for development of work later in the programme. It includes:

  • A broad based approach to Art and Design across a number of contexts through short projects.
  • The language and skills necessary to explore all study areas, an awareness of a range of specialist areas available.
  • This stage combines awareness of the importance of drawing in the creative process with the need to experiment with a variety of media. The units are characterised by breadth of research, recording and observation of information, and focus on the building of skills and personal response.
  • All students will do the same activities in rotation in order to introduce all students the specialist subject areas.

This will include:

  • Colour
  • Drawing
  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design
  • Critical and Historical Studies
  • Introductions to a range of workshops

During this stage you will also have specialist projects in:

  • Textile/Fashion
  • Fine Art
  • Visual Communication
  • 3D Design

During week 9 staff will be assessing every student in addition to looking at your progress. Staff will advise you on your preferred area of study (Visual Communication, Textile/Fashion, Fine Art, and 3D Design) in order for you to make a decision for the following two stages of the programme.

Stage 2: Pathway

Stage 2: Pathway

Unit 3: Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
Unit 4: Information and Interpretation in Art and Design
Unit 5: Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design
Unit 6: Extended Media Development in Art and

Building on the knowledge gained, you will explore and develop skills within a more focused context with greater emphasis upon experimentation, analysis and evaluation. The programme is flexible and allows an increasing move towards your chosen specialist direction. Projects at this stage may be longer and encourage a greater development of ideas and individuality.
The evolution of a portfolio of artwork is an essential feature of this stage, along with informed and professional preparation for higher education, application and interviews.

During Stage 2 you will opt to work in specialist subject areas:

  • Fine Art
  • Visual Communication
  • Textile/Fashion
  • 3D Design

There will also be a number of optional workshops. At the end of Stage 2 all second stage studio work will be assessed by staff.


Stage 3: Confirmatory

Stage 3: Confirmatory

Unit 10 Final Major Project in Art and Design

At this stage you will need to integrate research and ideas into your own practice. You will be expected to take full responsibility for the direction of your work and be required to produce a power point presentation of contemporary Art/Design practice and a final and substantial body of practical work supported by a statement detailing ideas, research, processes, and outcomes. It is important that your work is supported by continuous reflective comment and evaluation in your sketchbooks/journals. You will have the opportunity to test your skills and experience by means of an open exhibition.

Your final project will be individually assessed and graded by Foundation staff. This will be confirmed by a visiting Edexcel external examiner.

Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be continuously monitored via:

  • tutorial, seminar and critique feedback
  • studio feedback during projects
  • formal feedback at the end of Stages One and Two

At the end of Stages One and Two, you will either gain a pass at these two stages or a referral. You will need to pass each stage before you can begin the next one: if you are referred at the end of Stages One or Two, you will be additional work to complete within set deadlines.

At the end of the final stage, Stage Three, your work will be graded using the grading criteria and you will awarded a pass, merit or distinction grade. If you are referred at the end of Stage Three, you will be given individual projects to complete within set deadlines.

End of Stage One assessment

  • Portfolio of practical studio work
  • Written research into contemporary Art/Design practice

End of Stage Two assessment

  • Portfolio of practical studio work
  • Written research into contemporary Art/Design practice

End of Stage Three assessment

  • Presentation of contemporary Art/Design practice

Art and Design Foundation Studies - Foundation studies

2 A level passes at Grade C minimum, excluding General Studies. It is preferred that one of your A-Level subjects is art- or design-related but this is not mandatory
28 with minimum of 4 in SL English Language A
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes, grade C or above, including English Language

Typical offers

Under 19 on the 31 August in the year of entry:

  • 5 passes at GCSE minimum Grade C including English Language and Mathematics
  • Plus 2 A level passes at Grade C minimum
  • Excluding General Studies

19 years and over:

  • 5 passes at GCSE minimum Grade C including English Language
  • Plus 2 A level passes at Grade C minimum
  • Excluding General Studies

Please see our website for further information.

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