This one-year Level 4 qualification is a fast, exciting course that is set up for creative post-level 3 students to develop a bespoke portfolio that supports a range of professional opportunities and access to university. You will be taught by industry specialists and the course regularly involves visits and projects run by professional practitioners; the delivery includes twilight sessions enabling students to fully use the technology and equipment in our purpose-built studios. Creative thinking is fortified through the use of critiques, tutorials, peer feedback and a range of exciting briefs.
The programme builds on students prior experience, linking skills already acquired with ideas and challenges, which will increase their independence and enable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards necessary to progress to Higher Education or to an alternative career path. The course also offers international trips such as New York. As well as the opportunity to learn industry skills and develop high levels of professionalism.
Students have the opportunity to present at a range of exhibitions in central Cambridge and London. Tutors are industry specialists and the course regularly involves professional practitioners. The prestigious End of Year show in May is presented in a professional capacity and has been situated at iconic venues such as The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Round Church in Cambridge. The Show has traditionally accredited with ‘Best Creative Outcome’ prize this has been awarded by Mark Hudson (Art Critic for the Telegraph) and Luke Syson (Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum) to date.
A level Art and Design, Design Technology or Photography at minimum grade D or Level 3 Diploma in Art, Photography or Graphics (60, 120 or 180 credit) with an MMP or above. At least 5 GCSE subjects (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above, including art and English.
Previous Art Foundation students have won London-based internships from opportunities attached to the course and have progressed on to a range of exciting routes. Art Foundation students have gained places at leading institutes such as UAL and on overseas courses, furthering their creative education.