Art Foundation

The art foundation course is a preparation course for university.

The course covers specialisms such as life drawing, painting, fashion, textiles, installation art, printmaking, graphic illustration, 3D design and fine art.
The course curriculum is designed to help students prepare a portfolio and make informed decisions about the area in which they might wish to specialise in at university. These specialisms are combined with English lessons and you’ll have a personal tutor who’ll support you throughout the course and help you with your university applications.  Our art department is led by our Head of Art, Alison Gautrey. Alison has more than 20 years teaching experience at all levels and she and her team are committed to every student’s success.  Past students on our art foundation courses have gone on to study film-making, architecture, graphic design, fine art, fashion management and illustration at universities such as Leeds, Nottingham, the University of the Arts London and Norwich University of the Arts.

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 2nd September 2019 6th January 2020
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 £6700 £6700
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.