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Art and Design Foundation
This Foundation Art and Design course introduces you to a wide range of creative practices.
You will experience a broad range of projects which are designed 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.
This year (2021-22) this course will start on Monday 6 September.
How to apply
Applications are now open for Home/EU and International students for September 2021.
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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Questions about fees?
Please note tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.
UK students that are aged 18 or under on the 31 August immediately before this course starts do not have to pay tuition fees.
Financial support and scholarships
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. If you are over 19 years of age and are starting to study the Foundation Art and Design course, you may be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan and/or the Bursary Fund - visit our page on Avanced Learner Loans to find out more.
Learning and assessment
The course is divided into 3 main units:
- Diagnostic Investigation (eight weeks) – this is a fast paced unit that introduces you to a wide range of approaches through several one day projects. The way you respond to these projects will help you understand how you work and what you are most interested in pursuing creatively.
- Developing Specialist Practice - this is an opportunity to further explore a specialist practice or practices. During this time you will be supported in making an application to university, creating a portfolio and going through interviews. You will also have opportunities to get involved in 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.
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.