Art and Design Foundation
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This Foundation Art and Design course introduces you to a wide range of creative practices.
You will experience a broad range of projects to help you prepare for further study or employment. You will develop your independent creative thinking and learn to apply this across a range of disciplines. You will gain a broad understanding of the creative industries and the career paths across the sector.
You will be supported to develop a portfolio of work, ready for applications to undergraduate courses or creative roles.
This course is based in the School of Arts which is home to a range of specialist facilities including:
- Printmaking workshops
- Letter press
- Video editing
- Photographic studios and darkrooms.
Introductory workshops across our facilities will provide you with a solid foundation in each medium. You will be taught by tutors and visiting lecturers who are practising artists and designers.
Have a look at our Foundation Art and Design on Instagram.
Oxford Brookes University is an approved centre for UAL Awarding Body for Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
How to apply
Applications are now open for Home/EU and International students for September 2023 and September 2024.
Please apply directly to the University using our online application system. You cannot apply for this course through UCAS.
We encourage you to apply as soon as possible so we can consider your application.
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.
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How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
UK students that are aged 18 or under on the 31st August immediately before this course starts do not have to pay tuition fees.
|Consumable art materials and printing costs in addition to what is provided in order to extend your projects.
|£10 per week
|The Materials Fee is payable when you enrol. This will include basic paper and drawing supplies for the year, specialist materials for workshops in unit one and two of the programme, and the cost also of two gallery visits during the academic year.
|Final Major Project
|Cost of photography and mounting materials in the preparation of your portfolio for UCAS interviews.
European or international field trip
UK field trip
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.
|£20-60 per book
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
Please note there are no tuition or maintenance loans available for this course from the Student Loans Company because it is level 3 and not an undergraduate programme.
All financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
The course is divided into 3 units:
- Diagnostic Investigation – you'll be introduced to a wide range of approaches. How you respond to these projects will help you understand how you work and what you are most interested in pursuing creatively.
- Developing Specialist Practice. you will be supported in making an application to university, creating a portfolio and going through interviews, while also being involved with collaborative projects with employers.
- Consolidating Practice - in this final unit you will write and develop your own personal project and exhibit it in our end of year exhibition.
Our academic calendar:
Induction week: 5 September - 08 September 2023
Autumn Term: 11 September - 15 December 2023
Online creative careers week: 23 October - 27 October 2023
Christmas Break: 18 December - 05 January 2024
Spring Term: 08 January - 22 March 2024
Easter Break: 25 March - 09 April 2024
Summer Term: 10 April - 14 June 2024
European Study trip: TBC Feb / March 2024