The foundation course is an intensive year of introductory study to many art and design areas, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, film & video for fine art, illustration, graphic design, animation, textiles, fashion, fashion communication, costume, three-dimensional design, theatre set design, character creation and prop-making, architecture and interior architecture.
Our course offers four main pathways:
- Fine Art
- 3-Dimensional Design
- Visual Communication.
These subjects break down into many subgroups. For example, Graphic Design students can study general graphics, advertising, packaging, illustration or animation. So a wide range of subject choices is available to all our foundation students.
The first stage of the course
Part One is general and wide-ranging in nature, enabling you to acquire key conceptual and practical skills. It covers drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video and animation, the use of computers, conceptual art, three-dimensional design, design crafts, graphic design and illustration, textiles, fashion, costume and photography.
You will build on this experience towards the end of the first semester and in the second semester as you work towards the preparation of a portfolio for submission to higher-level courses.
The second stage
In Part Two you will be working within an area of your choice in a small group with a specialist tutor. Expert advice will be available to help you improve your portfolio presentation and interview skills.
Projects of your choice
You will also be given the opportunity to work freely on new projects of your choice, to be submitted with your completed portfolio and theory work for assessment at the end of June.
An ongoing theoretical studies programme focuses on issues in 20th- and 21st-century art and design, and occupies one day each week.
Part three - end of year exhibition
You will work on a self-directed project of your own choice working with tutors to support your development. All our students present their work from their final projects in the Richard Hamilton Building, home to the School of Art in an end of year exhibition, which allows for ambitious ideas and a professional curation process.
Please note, as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, available options may vary from those shown above.
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.
Study abroad To find out whether you can study or work abroad while on this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Attendance pattern This is a full time five-day-a-week course running from 10 am to 4.30 pm. The schedule includes group project briefings, group critiques, lectures, seminars, practical workshops and demonstrations as well as 1:1 tutorials.
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.
Study Field Trip
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.
The UCAS application fee is currently £23 and attending Open Days or UCAS interviews can be expensive depending on your travelling distance, train fares etc. The cost of these will be individual to each student. Travel to Open Days is not compulsory.
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.
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