facebook Foundation Diploma in Art and Design – Bath Spa University

Key facts

Award
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (WJEC Diploma)
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Dartmouth Avenue
Course length
One year

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation preparartion programme. Typical offers would be A Level grades CC including Grade C in Art & Design or related subjects preferred; or BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit (MM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants -IELTS 6.0, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

View typical offers for more information.

Develop your art and design skills in preparation for your chosen degree programme.

  • A fast-paced curriculum taught within a professional studio environment.
  • Progression to a specialist art and design degree.
  • Access to lectures and talks by internationally acclaimed Artists and Designers.

This foundation course is an exciting, hands-on opportunity for you to develop your art and design abilities in relation to contemporary practice. Our specialist student-centred environment will allow you to develop your ideas in a professional and fun atmosphere.

The course is tailored to build your skills, so you can progress onto your chosen three-year degree programme. You’ll leave the foundation course with a unique and thorough grounding in a broad range of areas within art and design.

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll learn by doing. We’ll encourage you to question and experiment with media and materials, in relation to contemporary art and design practice.

We want you to:

  • Develop your skills and confidence
  • See as well as look
  • Develop a flexible approach to navigating through life.

Course structure

Stage one
We’ll introduce you to a range of approaches to drawing and experiment with media and materials in 2D and 3D.

Stage two
You'll continue to develop your skills in drawing and develop a body of work in a more specific specialist area.

Stage three
You'll write your own project and develop work in a specialist media over an extended period. Your work will be displayed in an end of year exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment on the course is continuous. There are formal internal assessment points at the end of stage one and two. Stage three is externally assessed.

How will I be taught?

All teaching staff are practising artists or designers.

Teaching is held through personal tutorials, as well as demonstrations and discussions. There are lectures on aspects of contemporary practice, in addition to collaborative work and outside visits.

You’ll be taught in a variety of ways, which may include:

  • Workshops
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations.

Opportunities

Field trips

There are trips and drawing visits to museums, art galleries and exhibitions in the UK.

Professional workshop facilities

You’ll be able to attend introductions to a range of professional workshop facilities offered by Bath School of Art and Design.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Foundation Preparation in Art and Design student, you’ll be taught at Dartmouth Avenue.

You’ll be able to benefit from access to:

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for keen and enthusiastic people who are committed and interested in contemporary art and design. We value skills and abilities but also the willingness to question and experiment.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation preparation programme. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level -  Grades CC including Grade C in Art & Design or related subjects preferred.
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Admission will be by interview. We’ll want to see a portfolio of your work, to assess your abilities and potential in any art and design media. In particular, we’re looking to see work done in your own time as well as course work.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Hugh Sanders
Email: h.sanders2@bathspa.ac.uk

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