The City & Guilds of London Art School is an approved centre for the UAL Awarding Body, Level 4, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
There are many fulfilling and exciting careers in art and design, and our fast-paced and intensive Foundation course offers a focused, inspiring and memorable year which will thoroughly prepare you for further study or professional practice.
The completion of a Foundation Course is a prerequisite for most Art & Design degree courses in the UK. Our aim is to go further than simply help you prepare for an interview – we set out to help you develop the skills you need to go on to be the leading artists and designers of the future. Whether you intend to make an application for a BA course in these subjects, explore a personal interest or take the first step on a career, with this course you will be making an important investment in your future.
You will be introduced to a wide range of creative subjects, with the time, space and expert teaching you need to experiment and evolve your ideas and your conceptual and practical skills. Following carefully structured projects and taught workshops you will be supported to progressively take greater control of your own learning and identify your own specialist direction.
Due to our high ratio of staff to students and our motivating and supportive studio environment we are able to tailor the course to your specific interests. The Foundation exhibition at the end of the year demonstrates an extraordinary range of directions and outputs by our hugely creative students.
The City & Guilds of London Art School is an approved centre for the UAL Awarding Body, Level 4, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. There are many fulfilling and exciting careers in art and design, and our fast-paced and intensive Foundation course offers a focused, inspiring and memorable year which will thoroughly prepare you for further study or...
This is a one year, full-time, course of study leading to the award of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, level 4, awarded by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body (UALAB)
The course is primarily intended as a diagnostic and preparatory year to support applications to higher education in art and design or associated studies. It is immersive and introduces a wide range of art and design practices through project work and practical studio based learning as well as self-directed study, alongside a programme of lectures and visits.
This means that it can also be used as an opportunity for re-orientation (for mature applicants) or as preparation for employment in art and design.
PART 1 – DIAGNOSTIC INVESTIGATION INTO CREATIVE PRACTICE
The year begins with a general introduction to art and design, starting with a variety of approaches to drawing and research and continuing with workshop inductions, introductions to painting, photography, sculpture, design communication, 3D design, printmaking and art and design history and theory. This part of the course sets out to help you to recognise where your strengths lie and supply you with the experiences you need to make informed decisions about your future study options.
As the ‘diagnostic’ phase of the course develops there will be a series of talks/presentations given by artists and design professionals intended to inspire you and provide a picture of the study and employment options available.
At the end of Part 1 you will identify, with support from tutors, the areas of specialist practice that you plan to explore during the remainder of the course.
PART 2- DEVELOPING SPECIALIST PRACTICE
Once you confirm your specialist subject area you will be allocated a personal working space that will be the base from which you will work throughout the remainder of the course. You will continue to have access to the Art School’s range of technical workshops and facilities to support you to test out and ultimately produce a body of work.
A ‘Towards Professional Practice’ series of workshop sessions focuses on issues such as documenting your work, writing application statements and preparing for interview.
Tutorials and workshops will continue to support you to develop your work and tutors will advise you on your portfolio and any applications you plan to make. You will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and to evaluate your own and others work in seminars, studio discussion and critiques.
PART 3 – CONSOLIDATING PRACTICE
By this stage of the course you will work more independently, instigating and organising your own work and projects. You will be provided with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievements by independently initiating, researching, completing and evaluating a project proposal and its realisation within your chosen professional context.
Throughout the development of your final project you will continue to benefit from access to the art school’s many workshops and other resources and from tutorial advice as well as group sessions to discuss your work progress and ideas with staff and your peers.
Part 3 will allow you to test out your ambitions by developing and finally presenting your project in the Foundation Show.
The Foundation Show at the end of the course is a high point of the Art School’s year and is a time to celebrate your achievements during the course. Students and staff collaborate on the preparation, curation and hanging of the show and this experience is an important part of the course. The Foundation Show is advertised and open to the general public with a lively private view and prize-giving for your friends and family.
Studio tutorials enable you to review your progress and offer you advice on all matters relating to your plans for the future including: choice of subject and further courses, applications and interviews, preparation of portfolios and writing of personal statements.
In addition to more formal recorded tutorial sessions informal tutorials take place on a regular basis and you will be encouraged to make use of the full range of tutors available in your specialist area.
This is a one year, full-time, course of study leading to the award of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, level 4, awarded by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body (UALAB) The course is primarily intended as a diagnostic and preparatory year to support applications to higher education in art and design or associated studies. It is immersive and introduces a wide...
The Foundation course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements and have an appetite to find and and begin to explore their practice within an intensive studio-based teaching environment.
All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course,including the English Language Requirements (if English is not your first language), though there are three different ways of doing so:
1) Standard educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve:
a) five GCSEs at grade A, B or C or the equivalent; OR
b) three GCSEs at grade C or above, plus one GCE ‘A’ Level or equivalent.
2) International educational
This educational level may also be demonstrated by possession of a combination of other qualifications, equivalent to our Standard educational requirement.
- minimal of 26 IB points or above
For other equivalent qualification such as High School Diploma, please see the UCAS International Qualification Guide for your qualification.
3) Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior practice and experience, such as work in administration; or perhaps minimal GCSE qualifications plus a few years working in an arts context.
Using a process called Recognition /Accreditation of Prior Learning (R/APL), Art School Admissions Tutors consider how various work-life and (in)formal educational experiences meet the educational level of the entry requirements.
Please see our Recognition/ Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy here.
English Language Requirements
All applicants who do not speak English as a first language are required to provide evidence of their English language skills. The Art School cannot accept any applicant who scores lower than the equivalent of Level 5.5 from the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): a minimum of 5.5 is required for each of listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
If you do not require a Tier 4 visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score requires to be in the range of 162–168 or higher.
The Foundation course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements and have an appetite to find and and begin to explore their practice within an intensive studio-based teaching environment. Entry requirements All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course,including the...