Art and Design Foundation Studies

This is a year-long, fast-paced course that encourages students to develop their artistic ability and discover their own creative preferences

You will learn a broad range of skills before tailoring the course to what you enjoy, eventually choosing the specialist undergraduate course best suited to you.

You will grow as an artist over the course of a year, learning both theoretical and practical learning in 3D Design, Fine Art, Visual Communication, and Textiles and Fashion. You will gain a solid grounding in the conceptual, practical, historical and theoretical elements of each of these areas, and then be given the freedom to tailor the course to focus on your preferred area.

The portal will open for 2024 applications on Monday 9 October 2023

This course is ideal for students who are unsure as to which degree course they should progress on to, or for those who are unsure as to whether University is the right choice for them; it's also a great choice for those interested in studying a creative course at degree level, but who perhaps haven't already studied the necessary subjects at A Level or equivalent. It enables students to experience the four key disciplines, so that they can make a more informed decision at undergraduate level.

Information on fees and funding

UK applicants for Art and Design Foundation Studies who are aged 18 years and under on 31 August in the year of entry are exempt from paying tuition fees, as the University will claim these directly from the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Over 18s and international students are responsible for paying fees, please refer to the fee and funding information provided in the online prospectus. Please note that as this is an FE course, Foundation students are not eligible for a maintenance loan.