Applications are now open for 2018 entry
This intensive one year course is long established and nationally respected, and remains at the forefront of Foundation education today. The qualification was originally developed at Leeds Arts University in the 1950s by Harry Thubron, alongside Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton at Kings University, Newcastle. Our students’ breadth of experience and portfolios leads them to progress onto a range of prestigious, highly competitive degree courses across the country including those at Leeds Arts University.
Our Foundation Diploma foregrounds problem-solving, idea generation and critical thinking; you’ll be asked to reject your preconceptions and take risks outside your comfort zone. You will learn through playful experimentation and will develop lateral thinking strategies in order to approach problems from new perspectives. The course gradually moves from wide ranging staff-led projects at the beginning of the course to a position of independence by the end. Students devise and undertake a significant individual project in the final stage of the course.
You will work with a large team of experienced and enthusiastic staff who are all practising artists and designers. The team has extensive experience across a wide breadth of art and design disciplines. Tutors will support you through the UCAS application process and help you find the most appropriate degree course for your future development. Admissions tutors at highly selective HE institutions look favourably on applicants with a Foundation Diploma.
The ability to draw is one of an artist and designer’s most valuable tools—that is why drawing, in its many forms, underpins all elements of the course. Within this intensively creative and demanding environment you’ll be challenged to become more inventive and experimental. You will develop your analytical and critical faculties in relation to the work of contemporary artists and designers, and also in relation to the work developed by students on the course.