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. Creative thinking is fortified through use of critiques, tutorials, peer feedback and a range of exciting briefs.
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.
On the course, you are able to embark on
international trips such as New York and Paris. As well as learning industry skills and developing high levels of professionalism, you will have the opportunity to present your work at exhibitions in central Cambridge and London. You will be taught by industry specialists and the course regularly involves visits and projects run by professional practitioners.
The course coincides with the end of year show
that is presented in a professional capacity. This has been at iconic venues such as the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Round Church in Cambridge. The end of year show is traditionally accredited with ‘Best Creative Outcome’ prize. In the past,
this has been awarded by Mark Hudson (Art Critic for the Telegraph) and Luke Syson (Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum).
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.
The course is divided into three stages: Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory.
Exploratory: This stage aims to develop your ability to challenge preconceptions, and to analyse, reflect and extend your skills in using materials, techniques and processes. Through lectures, seminars, studio projects, and gallery and museum visits, you will be introduced to a broad range of art and design disciplines.
Pathway: This stage allows you to select an area of specialism and complete a series of projects relevant to your progression choice.
Confirmatory: This stage requires you to undertake a final major project and produce a body of work for final assessment and exhibition in an end of year show.
Working towards the Final Major Project will enable you to:
- understand how to work at BA level;
- work independently and with confidence;
- understand, adapt and safely use practical methods and skills for creative production;
- solve complex problems through the innovative application of art and design;
- take responsibility for your research, planning and time-management;
- present yourself and your work.
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.
After completing this qualification the majority of students will move on into higher education. If you achieve an overall Pass grade or better you will earn UCAS points for university applications. Many universities require applicants to have completed a foundation course such as this for entry into art and design-based courses.
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.
There is a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore, for example art exhibition organisation, fine art, graphic design or photography, Art Therapy, internships and apprenticeships, Textiles Design, Fashion, Special Effects, Games Design, Architecture, Product Design, Illustration, Film, Animation.