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Top Foundation Year Programs in Art Studies

If individuals want to obtain a degree in art studies, they can begin their academic journey by taking a foundation year in arts. Students who enroll in this program will receive a thorough introduction to the field of art and acquire the skills needed to complete a multi-year degree program.

What is a foundation year in arts? Students take a foundation year at the beginning of their academic careers. Over the course of the program, they will be exposed to a variety of art-related topics such as visual design, art history, and visual literacy. Students will also be given the opportunity to focus their portfolio on a particular area of interest. Once they complete their foundation year, students can proceed to a degree program in art, design, or architecture.

By the time they finish their coursework, students will have developed their artistic and analytical skills. Furthermore, foundation years help people improve their communication and public speaking abilities. Students can progress through their studies at their own pace, and they will have a group of experienced educators to help them if they are struggling with a particular topic. 

A foundation year can usually be completed over the course of two semesters. The costs of enrolling in such a program will vary from school to school. Students who are accepted into a program should contact their university to find out about tuition and fees.

An art degree can be applied to a range of career fields. Many graduates find job opportunities in advertising agencies, marketing firms, and newspapers. Some of the most popular jobs among art majors include art direction, graphic design, photography, and teaching. There are so many options available to graduates, and employment opportunities are expected to grow in the coming years.

Many international universities offer a foundation year in art studies. People can also complete their coursework by enrolling in online classes. If you are ready to start working toward acquiring an arts degree, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form. 

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19 Results in Art Studies

Sopot University of Applied Sciences

Sopot University of Applied Sciences offers Foundation Years for students who are not eligible for direct entry into our undergraduate degrees. A Foundation Year may be t ... [+]

Why study a foundation program?Sopot University of Applied Sciences offers Foundation Years for students who are not eligible for direct entry into our undergraduate degrees.

A Foundation Year may be the option for those who don’t have the traditional entry qualifications for their undergraduate degree of choice. Our Foundation Years can provide a route into several different subjects at our University.

The Foundation Year for secondary school graduates is an intensive program aimed at improving language skills, as well as preparing candidates wishing to study in English or in Polish at Sopot University of Applied Sciences or any other Polish university.

The applicants can choose one of two options:... [-]

Poland Sopot
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Full-time
9 months
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Online College of Art & Design

This transformative course has a strong practical focus so if you love branding, design, typography and the dynamic ever-changing language of visual communication, you'll ... [+]

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This transformative course has a strong practical focus so if you love branding, design, typography and the dynamic ever-changing language of visual communication, you'll love this course. We will introduce you to the role of the professional graphic designer / Illustrator. You will enjoy exploring a range of concepts and practices related to design, branding, advertising and applying them to real-life project briefs. You will be taught by industry experts with extensive experience and industry contacts. You will receive unlimited face-to-face, one-to-one tuition empowering you to excel and produce a superior highly original portfolio of designs that will attract the attention of top universities and employers.... [-]

United Kingdom Stevenage
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Part-time
Online
Online College of Art & Design

This stimulating and transformative photography course will empower you to enter the profession of photography. It will shape your identity as a photographer who possesse ... [+]

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This stimulating and transformative photography course will empower you to enter the profession of photography. It will shape your identity as a photographer who possesses the confidence and skills to challenge the contemporary practice. Our expert tutors will teach you the technical skills necessary to expand your ideas through a set of course projects, from analogue to the latest digital technologies. Our one-to-one face-to-face unlimited tuition will help you to develop a highly personal and original conceptual approach to your practice and complete the programme with a superior portfolio as well as the professional knowledge to launch your career in photography or continue in education to university.... [-]

United Kingdom Stevenage
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Part-time
Online
Online College of Art & Design

This stimulating course has a strong practical focus, embracing a broad range of approaches and media, across contexts such as editorial, illustration, or sequential narr ... [+]

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The Online Foundation Diploma in Illustration is a three-stage, full-time or part-time programme designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to be Illustrators. This exciting course gives students the confidence and skills to create fluent, individual and highly creative illustrations for their portfolio.

This stimulating course has a strong practical focus, embracing a broad range of approaches and media, across contexts such as editorial, illustration, or sequential narrative. All this is further underpinned by contextual studies and the development of students' professional persona and identity.

Successful graduates earn a Foundation Diploma qualification that is equal to 3 A Levels and is nationally accredited by the UK's largest vocational awarding body, ABC Awards.... [-]

United Kingdom Stevenage
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Part-time
Online
Online College of Art & Design

This Online Foundation Diploma in Fine Art will reveal who and what you are! If you want to know then study this practical highly expressive course. If you are provocativ ... [+]

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This Online Foundation Diploma in Fine Art will reveal who and what you are! If you want to know then study this practical highly expressive course. If you are provocative, intensely passionate, endlessly creative, unconventional if you have something to say then do this course. If you want something less personal and more about skills and design in painting and drawing study the art and design foundation diploma.

This transformational course is a three-stage, full-time or part-time programme designed for serious career-oriented students who wish to enter the profession of Artist. This exciting course has a strong practical focus, developing not just knowledge and understanding of fine art, cultures and expressive art theory, but also professional skills. Successful graduates earn a Foundation Diploma qualification that is equal to 3 A Levels and is nationally accredited by one of the UK's largest vocational awarding bodies, ABC Awards.... [-]

United Kingdom Stevenage
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
Online
City & Guilds of London Art School

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 ... [+]

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 BA art and design 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.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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1 year
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Kensington and Chelsea College

Are you thinking of doing a Foundation course and would like the opportunity to try out specialist Design subject areas? At the Kensington Centre we offer a specialist De ... [+]

Course Overview

Are you thinking of doing a Foundation course and would like the opportunity to try out specialist Design subject areas? At the Kensington Centre we offer a specialist Design pathway which includes all the general art and design studies such as drawing, painting, idea development and research, but with the added benefit of being able to work in Graphics, Interior Design, Ceramics, Jewellery and Glass disciplines. You are taught by specialist tutors with industry experience. This challenging one year course will give you the knowledge, breadth, vocational skills and intensive preparation required to produce a high quality portfolio of work, with which to compete for a place on a wide variety of specialized university courses in Art & Design. The diagnostic nature of the Foundation course will help you to discover, and develop your strengths when selecting your preferred pathway of specialization. Contextual studies are integrated and you will be required to produce some written work. Study support and Level 2 English and Maths are available to study in tandem, if required. The course allows you to develop individuality, experiment with new ways of creative and visual thinking, explore the breadth of possibilities within art and design in two and three dimensions and pursue a sustained investigation into your chosen area.... [-]

United Kingdom London
August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
35 weeks
Campus
City College Brighton & Hove

Our high quality, professionally-focused higher education courses equip students to succeed in a variety of industries. ... [+]

Our high quality, professionally-focused higher education courses equip students to succeed in a variety of industries. Our foundation degree courses blend academic and work-related learning and cover the key knowledge and skills employers are looking for.

They prepare students for employment through a variety of methods, including placements, industry-related teaching and assessment as well as personal and career planning.

At the end of a 2-year foundation degree students can choose to either graduate and find employment, or progress to a one year top-up course leading to a full Bachelors degree with honours.

Available in the following subjects:

Arts Management Biological Sciences Business Creative Music Production Photography Event & Tourism Management Hospitality & Event Management Hospitality & Tourism Managment Travel & Tourism Management Food & Culinary Arts ... [-]
United Kingdom Brighton
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2 years
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Leeds College of Art

This nationally respected intensive one year programme is designed to prepare you for the degree course of your choice: our students are very highly regarded by the most ... [+]

Foundation Diploma in Art & DesignThis nationally respected intensive one year programmeis designed to prepare you for the degree course of yourchoice: our students are very highly regarded by the mostprestigious art schools, nationally and internationally, 96%of our students go on to study at degree level and thenon to high-flying careers in a wide range of disciplines. Weemphasis problem solving and critical thinking; you’ll developa clear understanding of who you are as a practitioner andbe empowered to have informed opinions-and to get themheard.

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United Kingdom Leeds
August 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Studio M Academy

The arts foundation course allows students to gain experience in art, sound, media, and photography while building French language skills and a comprehensive portfolio of ... [+]

Gap Year - Arts Foundation Course

Studio M Academy is now offering an Arts Foundation Course - an opportunity to spend one semester or the entire academic year learning the arts in the south of France. This program is taught entirely in English with weekly French language classes.

Overview: The Arts Foundation Course introduces students to various fields such as interior design, visual communication, multimedia, and fashion design. Students can complete one semester or an entire academic year. Upon completion of the year-long program, students can continue to an Applied Arts degree and will have a portfolio of work to show to other schools.

Setting: With 300 days of sunshine per year, Montpellier is the perfect place to enjoy Mediterranean beaches, outdoor cafés, and daily markets in the south of France. Home to 80,000 students, Montpellier is one of the best cities to meet young people from all over the world. Hop on a tram to head to the beach, try climbing the famous Pic St. Loup, or get lost in the medieval streets in the city center.... [-]

France Montpellier Lyon Toulouse Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Marseille Morocco Casablanca  + 5 More
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IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid

The course uses a methodology based on professional activities, so that, around a projectual core, a number of key subjects are developed in this contemporary design and ... [+]

The course uses a methodology based on professional activities, so that, around a projectual core, a number of key subjects are developed in this contemporary design and illustration training. This structure makes it possible to learn by designing, and to train our students in design processes and cutting-edge digital and communication tools applied to graphic design. Additionally, each project is led by important working professionals, who guide our students through the design process and the methodology of a real illustration project.

Strengths of the course Delve into two exciting branches of visual communication: graphic design and illustration. Practical classes and experimentation workshops to improve your English by learning the technical language of the creative field. Timetable compatible with studies or work. Access with a high school diploma. All the teachers are working professionals. Methodology ... [-]
Spain Madrid
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1 year
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Barking & Dagenham College

If you are a creative person that wants to work in CGI, animated films, the computer games industry, or digital post-production, then this two-year programme will enable ... [+]

Would you love to be a games designer or film animator?

Do you want to work in CGI, animated films, computer games, or digital post-production? This two-year programme develops your skills and uses professional engagement to build your knowledge and industry links.

During your studies, you will have access to our design studios and industry-standard software. You will also benefit from access to the state-of-the-art libraries and other learning resources of our course partner, the University of East London (UEL).

A foundation degree (FDA) is a university-level qualification, equivalent to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree course. On completion of this course, you can progress to the BA (Hons) in Animation also offered at Barking & Dagenham College.... [-]

United Kingdom Dagenham
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2 years
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Barking & Dagenham College

Our photography programmes provide at the core an engaging framework in contemporary photography. Students develop a strong understanding of visual culture and artistic f ... [+]

Practical and contemporary: a career-focused photography course for undergraduates

Photography has helped shape our perceptions and attitudes over much of the last two centuries. Now, with the development of global mass communication, it is becoming even more important in commercial and creative practice.

On the Foundation Degree (FDA) in Photography at Barking & Dagenham College, you will develop a strong understanding of visual culture and artistic freedom in art and commercial practices.

You will also be given significant professional engagement opportunities and make national and European trips to creative individuals and companies; learn from visiting guest lecturers, undertake work experience and internships, and benefit from our affiliation with Paris photography studio Studio Rouchon.... [-]

United Kingdom Dagenham
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2 years
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Paris College Of Art

Foundation, the first year of our four-year degree program, is built on the philosophy that there are fundamental approaches, skills, and knowledge to be learned that are ... [+]

The success of this program is based on the fact that we work with who is here – right here – right now. Therefore, courses and instruction are continually evolving. The students and faculty are from all over the world and bring to the school the diversity of their experience. This creates an extraordinary learning environment.– Chloe Briggs, Chair of Foundation

Foundation, the first year of our four-year degree program, is built on the philosophy that there are fundamental approaches, skills and knowledge to be learned that are common to all creative disciplines. We encourage students to have a cross-disciplinary foundation attitude: to take risks, suspend disbelief and generally be open to new experiences and ways of looking at the world. At the same time major emphasis is placed on craft and skill. A primary goal of our foundation year is to give students confidence in their ability to make ideas. The studio and academic components of the program are dedicated to using Paris as an, ‘extended classroom’, drawing upon the city’s rich resources to inform and inspire student learning. Foundation is a diagnostic program; throughout the year students take part in events and workshops designed to introduce the specificities of each major offered at Paris College of Art. The mix of social and cultural contexts from which the students and faculty come creates a unique Foundation year. In this environment, students are encouraged to think seriously about what contributions an artist or designer can potentially make to the world.... [-]

France Paris
September 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
CANVAS

Go abroad! Gain the unique experience of studying art! Learn, Travel, and Network! You will explore a variety of artistic courses and dive into the Fashion, Fine Arts, Gr ... [+]

Go abroad! Gain the unique experience of studying art! Learn, Travel and Network!

You will explore a variety of artistic courses and dive into the Fashion, Fine Arts, Graphic Design and 3D design universe. While developing your artistic skills, you will learn a new language and visit European cities, with the guarantee of having the best time of your life!

A program taught in English combining Design studies, learning a new language and traveling all over the European Continent.

Do you take an interest in Arts and want to gain an incredible experience while enhancing your CV with new competences? Then this is your chance!

Pick the program that meets your needs:

10 months - Bilingual European foundation degree in Arts and Design diploma. ​This 10-month experience is the option we highly recommend! You will be able to fully live the Canvas’ experience. A true immersion in the artistic world combined with the learning of a new language while discovering the most popular cities of Europe. Completing the 10-month version successfully, you will be rewarded with the Bilingual European Foundation Degree in Arts and Design Diploma. ... [-]
Switzerland Lausanne
January 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus