Art Foundation

The art foundation course is a preparation course for university.

Students will undertake a rotation throughout the department learning a broad range of skills, demonstrating their creativity. The course curriculum is designed to help students prepare a portfolio which showcases their abilities and enables them to make informed decisions about their chosen specialism at university. 

On the Art Foundation course, you will have the opportunity to learn fine art, printmaking, photography, 3D design, life drawing, fashion & textiles and contextual studies. The emphasis is on experimentation with processes and materials to create final work.  

Previous students on our art foundation course have gone on to study Graphic Design, Fine Art, Sculpture, Silversmithing & Jewellery, Photography, Game Design, Animation & Visual Media, History of Art & Media and Illustration at prestigious universities.  

We also offer Architecture and Media Studies Foundation Courses

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Entry Requirements for the Art Foundation Course

  SEPTEMBER START JANUARY START
COURSE LEVEL RQF LEVEL 3 RQF LEVEL 3
AGE AT START OF COURSE 16.5 17
ENGLISH LEVEL IELTS 5.0 IELTS 5.5

You will study the following topics on the Art Foundation Course

  • Sculpture & 3D Studies
  • Life Drawing
  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Textiles & Textural Studies
  • History of Art
  • Portfolio & E-Portfolio
  • English (IELTS/EAP)
  • University Preparation Course

Download the full course syllabus here

Here is some Key information about the Art Foundation Course

ART September Start (9 Month Course) January Start (6 Month Course)
Minimum Age 16.5 17
Course Length 3 terms 2 terms*
Start Dates 7th September 2020 11th January 2021
English Language Requirement IELTS 5.0 IELTS 5.5
Hours of study per week 23 (24 in term one) >30
Location Cambridge Cambridge
Tuition Fees per Term £6900 £6900
Accommodation Options Residential or Homestay Homestay

Here are some examples of our students work that were submitted as part of their portfolios for entrance to university.

Here are some recent university destinations and course choices of our Art Foundation graduates. 

Norwich University of the Arts
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Norwich University of the Arts
BA (Hons) Interior Design
University of the Arts, London
BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing
Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery Design 
University of Southampton
BA (Hons) Textile Design

To apply for a course, go to our APPLY page. You can choose to apply online or download our application forms and scan them to us. Please ensure you read the instructions on the page so you complete the correct forms.