Foundation courses are an excellent way of finding out exactly what creative area you want to specialise in for your degree or career

At ‘Arty Classes’, the SUPER-TUTOR’s are here to support you every step of the way in your foundation course and support you in getting into your perfect degree course or job.

Extra support with us will enable you to gain the most out of your course and focus on the areas that you really want to excel in.  Creating sketchbooks/mood boards/textile samples/garments can be hard to understand so we can help you understand the correct design procedures and methods of research, designing and creating.


One-to-one tutorials for foundation course support:

  • UK & EU: £150 per 2 hr session plus parking
  • International: £200 per 2 hr session plus parking

Arty Classes’ one-to-one tutorials are a great opportunity for you to receive high-quality creative feedback on your personal requirements, which can lead to a successful art and design portfolio, or, for the practicing artist or designer, inspire innovative ideas and concepts, alongside the exploration of materials, process and technique.

Further information

Five reasons why it is good to do an arts foundation course:

1) You’ll have a choice of five curriculum areas:

  • Fine Art
  • Performance Design and Practice
  • Three Dimensional Design and Architecture
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Graphic and Communication Design.

2) The majority of students go on to study at degree level after completing a  foundation course.

3) You will take part in an exhibition at the end of the course, open to the public, family and friends highlighting the best of your talents.

4) You will  be introduced to a range of materials and methods of working to research and develop your ideas and learn how to evaluate and reflect on your progress.
5) You will build an extensive portfolio whilst studying and this will prepare you for interviews to enter higher education and also employment.

Course outline

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is designed to enable you to learn through discovery and exploration by engaging with projects, lectures and study visits. The foundation course is essentially a transitional experience in art, design and communication, preparing you for a place in higher education or for employment.The wide range of specialist options reflects the progression opportunities available at degree level within the college and the university. The foundation course’s pathways allow you to build a subject-specific portfolio in readiness for degree course applications.Through studio and workshop projects you’ll be introduced to a range of materials and methods of working. You’ll learn how to research and develop your ideas and how to evaluate and reflect on your progress.

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is designed to help you build a portfolio and to prepare you for interview to enter higher education and subsequent employment. Building on skills from Part 1 you’ll integrate your research, ideas and methods of working to produce a body of work that allows you to analyse your interests and ambitions and to investigate directions to pursue.The last part of the course is to further development of your individuality and independence as you propose and realise your final major project integrating planning, research, ideas, methods, evaluation and reflection. Your project is displayed in the foundation exhibition – open to the public, family and friends.

Throughout The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design you’ll learn new skills to enable you to progress successfully. These skills, which are also appropriate to higher education and employment, include the use of machinery and materials, presentation skills for articulating your ideas to your peers or at interview, and presenting your work in a portfolio or at an exhibition. Most importantly you’ll gain study skills in order to ‘learn how to learn’. This kind of independent learning builds the self-motivation, commitment and initiative that allows you to develop your projects independently, guided by a supportive tutorial structure.


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