BA (Hons) Art and Design with Integrated Foundation Year – Bath Spa University

Integrated Foundation Year

For Art and Design Courses

Integrated Foundation and Undergraduate

Key facts

Bath Spa University Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, leading to BA (Hons) in one of our art and design courses.
Bath School of Art, Bath School of Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill and Locksbrook
Course length
Four years full-time.

UCAS codes

Each Art and Design with Integrated Foundation course has its own UCAS code.

Using our list of available courses under "How do I apply?", choose the Integrated Foundation course you'd like to apply for.

Apply through UCAS or contact our Admissions team to apply:

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Explore art and design through an integrated Foundation year before you progress onto your chosen BA (Hons) degree.

  • Evolve. Build your confidence, skills and knowledge in preparation for your undergraduate course.
  • Develop. Challenge perceptions, make, explore and investigate new territory through active projects.
  • Realise. Pursue your undergraduate specialism and benefit from scholarships at each level of your BA studies.

Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.

Undergraduate degrees at Bath School of Art and Design are available as three-year or four-year programmes. Four-year degrees include either an integrated Foundation year or a professional placement year.

We want to ensure that you reach your full potential. That's why we've devised an intensive and experimental Foundation course that develops your art and design abilities in relation to contemporary practice, and introduces you to our exceptional facilities and staff.

You'll enhance your drawing skills, and explore the many materials and processes encountered in art and design practice. As the year progresses, you'll begin to specialise in your chosen discipline, acquiring advanced skills and knowledge in preparation for continued study.

Art and Design undergraduate courses

The Bath Spa University Foundation Diploma in Art and Design can only be taken in conjunction with a full degree. You'll choose your undergraduate course when you apply (see the list below). When you're ready to apply, go to 'How do I apply?' to apply directly for the full four-year course.

What you'll learn


Develop your ideas, skills and confidence during this Foundation course, in readiness for your chosen degree course.

Begin with a fast-paced introduction to experimentation and play as forms of investigation through active drawing, observation, making and recording.

You'll continue your enquiries into materials, processes and concepts, and select media, materials and technologies to create personal solutions in response to course briefs.

Finally, you'll specialise in your chosen discipline. You'll prepare and define objectives for a major personal project, assess your own work in relation to that of others, visually investigate and improve your preliminary ideas, and successfully
oversee your major personal project from beginning to end.

Course structure

Foundation year modules

Play Make Draw
You'll explore and expand on a broad range of approaches within art and design. We'll introduce the notion of a personal body of work; integral to this is the development of contextual awareness through interpretation of information and ideas.

Identify and develop personal connections to explore ways of working within contemporary art and design. You'll reflect on and evaluate your progress and performance, and develop a responsive approach to advice and guidance. You'll also maintain reflective records via sketchbooks, logs, and/or journals.


Key to this module is your reflective and analytical approach to personal learning, project planning and outcomes. You'll identify and adapt appropriate methods and materials to develop ideas that address specific pathway briefs. You'll also develop an integrated approach to research and ideas, maintaining a detailed reflective journal throughout.


You'll create, manage, and curate a body of work within your chosen specialism for public exhibition. You'll write a proposal outlining a sustained art and design project that is inspirational, realistic and achievable (using a wide range of critical, contextual perspectives) and identify your project aims, objectives and influences.

Reflection and evaluation will play a key role in this task, and your work must be supported by evidence of this process, together with your experimentations and researches into the work of others to underpin and support your project.

Undergraduate degree

On successful completion of the Bath Spa University Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, you'll progress to your chosen art and design degree course. See individual course pages for the structure of your chosen degree programme:

How will I be assessed?

You're assessed at the end of each module via presentation of your work, be it experimental, developmental, journal-based, reflective analyses of talks and workshops, or documentation and analysis of exhibitions visited with the course.

Presented works may include journals / sketchbooks, material experiments / test samples, and digital files, in the form of USB, DVD and/or URLs.

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.



There are opportunities for fieldwork 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

Our Art and Design courses are based at our Locksbrook Road (from 2019) and Sion Hill campuses.

You’ll benefit from access to:


UK students full time

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

2020/21 ENTRY

Course fees

Integrated foundation year £9,250*
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

*See "Scholarships" (below) for more details of the equivalent £3,250 fee reduction.

Material fees

You will not be charged a specific fee for materials and study visits at Year 0 (required at Years 1, 2 and 3) although students will be responsible for purchasing materials as required.

International students full time

2020/21 ENTRY

Course fees

Integrated foundation year £15,530
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024


After you progress to undergraduate level, you'll be awarded a progression scholarship at each level of study, from Year 1-3 of your BA course. The scholarships you will be awarded are detailed below, and apply to home and international students:

Year 1 £1,250
Year 2 £1.000
Year 3 £1,000

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are committed to 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 undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC preferred including a Grade C in an Art and Design or related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Art
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) together with evidence of experience in Art or Design.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Applicants will also need to provide a digital portfolio for review.

Course enquiries
For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants for this course will be asked to provide an electronic portfolio of their work. Full details of what to include will be provided upon initial assessment of the application. If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions team, quoting the UCAS code given above.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180

Course coordinator: Jonathan Kelham

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