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Art and Design Foundation
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. Introductory workshops across our facilities provide a solid foundation in each medium.
We have many specialist facilities including:
- video editing
- 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.
How to apply
Applications are now open for Home/EU and International students for September 2020.
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 you can and no later than 15 January 2020.
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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Questions about fees?
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.
Financial support and scholarships
If you are over 19, please note there are no loans available for this course from the student loan company because it is level 3 and not an undergraduate programme. Therefore you will have to fund the year yourself.
Learning and assessment
This is an intensive year of introductory study where you will cover:
- Fine Art
- 3-Dimensional Design
- Visual Communication.
You'll gain key conceptual and practical skills.
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.
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.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.