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Art and Design Foundation

Foundation Diploma

Key facts


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 1 year

Department

School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points

80

Overview


Our Art and Design foundation course is an entry route to all BA Arts and Design courses.

You will engage with a wide variety of creative approaches. And introductory workshops across our facilities provide a solid foundation in each medium.

We have many specialist facilities including:

  • printmaking
  • graphics
  • video editing
  • fashion and textiles
  • photography
  • 3D design.

Your tutors and visiting lecturers are practising artists and designers. You will learn in a lively environment with access to art and culture in Oxford and London.

We give careers advice throughout the course. And you'll leave the course with a diverse portfolio of work, which is vital for progressing to further study or a job. Previous students have gone on to prestigious colleges including Central Saint Martins, Goldsmiths and the University of Brighton.

Have a look at our Foundation Art and Design Final Show catalogue
 

Art and Design Foundation

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 80

A Level: BB

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Required subjects include: Art or Design related

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: A Level: 2 A-levels (we will consider applicants with fewer A-levels, BTECs, or other equivalent qualifications if they have a strong portfolio)

GCSE: GCSE Maths and English grade C

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Portfolio guidelines

Make a proper selection for your portfolio. It is quality and not quantity that matters. We want to see a maximum of 20 sheets of work and 3 sketchbooks. The range should be as follows:

  1. Work which shows your ability to observe and record accurately within the conventions of drawing. Interiors, still-lifes, landscapes, figures and plants are all acceptable subjects. Include small drawings or ideas in sketchbooks as well as larger (A1) studies.
  2. Your folder should contain evidence of work in colour which can take the form of paintings or designs. We also want to see photographic work (which can include digital) produced at school if at all possible.
  3. Works which allow you to experiment with media other than charcoal, pencil or paint (eg collages from paper, fabric or similar materials).
  4. Any three-dimensional work you may have produced which reveals your interest in form and structure would be interesting, including wood and/or plaster constructions. Don't worry too much about accuracy or finish. The important thing is the idea. You probably won't be able to bring the actual piece of work due to its size, weight or fragility, so photographic evidence is advisable. (Please note point 7 below.)
  5. Produce any evidence you can of work which is investigative. An example might be to begin with a study of a particular object as it appears under normal conditions then stage by stage dismantle it, recording visually its appearance at each stage.
  6. The standard of work you bring is extremely important. The same applies to actual presentation and organisation. Find out as much as you can about the visual arts. Visit galleries, particularly those showing contemporary work. Find out as much as you can about design and crafts, and particularly about your favourite artists, designers or photographers.
  7. All your work must fit inside your A1 portfolio. Any work hanging out the side of a portfolio or in addition to the portfolio will not be accepted. Any large pieces of work or 3D work must be represented by photographs if it does not fit in your portfolio.
  8. MOST IMPORTANT: please stick identification labels on each piece of work submitted (eg folder, 3-D work, etc). You must put your identification label on the outside of your portfolio as well as all your work.

Portfolio preparation course

We offer short courses to provide a picture of the foundation course through taster experiences of the kind of work that our foundation students undertake. The courses also provide guidelines for the selection and presentation of a portfolio for interview for a place on Art and Design foundation courses.

Portfolio specifications

Due to the high number of applications we receive (in the region of 600 applications for a maximum of 100 places), we are unable to offer individual interviews and applicants will be selected based on a portfolio submission alone.

  • Portfolios can be any size ranging from A4 – A1.
  • International applicants can submit an electronic portfolio (see below) or send actual portfolios by courier.
  • Only one portfolio is allowed per applicant. Portfolios must be clearly labelled on the outside of the folder with the applicant’s name and address.
  • All work must be presented and contained within the portfolio (ie no extra work can be submitted if it does not fit inside the portfolio).
  • Larger works or 3D work can be submitted as photographs.
  • All work, including sketchbooks, must be labelled clearly on the back with the applicant’s name.
  • As applicants will not be present during the portfolio viewings, it is suggested that a brief description for each piece of work is supplied in the form of a label at the bottom or top left of the piece. Where relevant please state title, media, dimension and explanation for the work. (eg Reflection, acrylic on board, 80cm x 100cm, painting based on the theme of water and reflection).
  • A typed list of all work submitted should be inserted at the front of the portfolio.
  • No GCSE work to be included.
  • Please see the section on portfolio guidelines above for information on what is required in the portfolio and advice on how to present your work.

Please contact the programme administrator, tde-arts-enquiry@brookes.ac.uk or +44 (0) 1865 488322, to arrange courier delivery and return.

E-portfolio guidelines

OVERSEAS CANDIDATES ONLY

Please note UK applicants are expected to attend portfolio review and not send an e-portfolio as a substitute. Your portfolio can also be couriered if you are unable to attend in person.

Make a proper selection. It is quality and not quantity that matters. We want to see a maximum of 40 images of work. We suggest you include 10 images of drawing, 20 images demonstrating contextual referencing and how you develop your ideas; these could be sketchbook pages and/ or idea development sheets.

These images are key to show that you don’t just go with your first idea and that you enjoy experimenting with media and process before creating a final piece. Include 5 images of finished pieces and 5 images of your own choosing. You may include more than one item per slide.

The range should be as follows:

  1. Work which shows your ability to observe and record accurately within the conventions of drawing. Interiors, still-life, landscapes, figures and plants are all acceptable subjects. Include small drawings or ideas in sketchbooks as well as larger (A1) studies. Include images of work that show your drawing skills in a variety of media and approaches.
  2. Evidence of work in colour which can take the form of paintings or designs. If you have paintings on large canvases we ask you to photograph the work and have smaller images underneath of close-up shots of the paint work and detail.
  3. We also want to see photographic work or any digital work, animations or films.
  4. Experimentation with media other than charcoal, pencil or paint eg collages from paper, fabric or similar materials, a combination of a variety of media used in one image for example.
  5. Any three-dimensional work you may have produced which reveals your interest in form and structure would be interesting, including wood and/or plaster constructions. Don’t worry too much about accuracy or finish. The important thing is the idea. Please photograph all 3D work. We recommend you photograph the work from many angles including any close-up views so we can see important detail.
  6. Produce any evidence you can of work which is investigative. An example might be to begin with a study of a particular object as it appears under normal conditions then stage by stage dismantle it, recording visually its appearance at each stage.
  7. The standard of work you send is extremely important. The same applies to actual presentation and organisation. Find out as much as you can about the visual arts. Visit galleries, particularly those showing contemporary work. Find out as much as you can about design and crafts, and particularly about your favourite artists, designers or photographers.
  8. As applicants will not be present during the portfolio review it suggested that a brief description for each piece of work is supplied. Where relevant please state title, media, dimension and explanation for the work. e.g. Reflection, acrylic on board, 80cm x 100cm Painting based on the theme of water and reflection.
  9. No GCSE work to be included.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Applications are now open for Home/EU and International students for September 2019. UCAS does not accept applications for this course. Please apply directly to the University using our online application system.

If you live in the Channel Islands, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, please read this guidance regarding funding.

If you are expected to meet the requirements for the course, you will be invited by email to submit your portfolio for review. Only international and overseas students can submit eportfolios instead of attending portfolio reviews.

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Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£5,300

International full time
£13,680

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£5,300

International full time
£13,680

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

UK and EU students that are aged under 19 on the 31 August immediately before this course starts do not have to pay tuition fees.

Additional costs

Studio Fee

The studio fee is £150 and this covers a 24 hour access card, a London trip to museums, technical workshops, life drawing classes, a contribution to the end of year exhibition, guest speakers and materials available during the year in the studio.

Field Trips

Students will take an optional study field trip in Part One and Part Two of the course. The cost for the Eden Project will range from £150-£170 (Full Board) and the European trip will range from £299-£500 (bed and breakfast).

Art Materials & Printing Costs

It is recommended that students budget £7 per week for printing costs and about £8 a week to cover consumable art materials.

Portfolio Mounting

In order to prepare your portfolio for UCAS interviews you can expect to spend £45-100 on photography and mounting materials.

Final Major Project

Depending on your ideas you can expect to spend between £30 and £200.

Learning and assessment


This is an intensive year of introductory study with four main pathways: 

  • Fine Art
  • 3-Dimensional Design
  • Fashion/Textiles
  • Visual Communication.

Stage 1
You'll gain key conceptual and practical skills.

Stage 2 
You'll work in a small group in an area of your choice with a specialist tutor. We'll give you advice to improve your portfolio presentation and interview skills.

Projects of your choice
You can work freely on new projects of your choice. You'll submit your completed portfolio and theory work for assessment at the end of June.

Theoretical studies
One day a week you'll focus on theory and issues in 20th- and 21st-century art and design. 

Stage 3 - end of year exhibition
You'll work on a self-directed project of your choice with your tutors supporting your development. Students then present work from their final projects in an end of year exhibition in the Richard Hamilton Building, home to the School of Art. The exhibition allows for ambitious ideas and a professional curation process. 

Art and Design Foundation

Learning and teaching

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • group learning
  • practical workshops
  • seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • visits to museums, galleries, studios and libraries.

As well as organised visits to exhibitions, we also expect you to keep up with current events in art and design in Oxford, London and elsewhere.
 
From time to time you will have access to lectures at the University of Oxford.

Field trips

Field trips also form part of the course. Recent destinations have included the Eden Project in Cornwall, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Berlin and Venice.

The field trips to Eden Project and a European destination are payable by you to cover the costs of accommodation and travel.  In addition you will need to cover the costs of living in Europe and we would recommend a budget of 50 euros per day.  In Cornwall accommodation is likely to be full board.

A trip to London to see museums and galleries will be covered by your studio fee and you will not be asked to cover travel or entrance fees.  However, you will need to either provide your own lunch or buy it whilst there and we would budget for approximately £5.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

You will participate in assessment and evaluation. The emphasis is on continual feedback, which ensures a high level of communication between you and your tutors.

Some written work is required as part of the Contextual Studies Programme, which includes weekly timetabled lectures, seminars, artists’ talks and visits to galleries and museums.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

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