Foundation Year Program in Fine Arts

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A foundation year is meant for students who may not have the time or inclination to earn a four-year degree but still want to experience some of the coursework. These programs can be excellent for individuals who are still deciding on a career path.

What is a foundation year in fine arts? Depending on the institution, a year studying various artistic mediums can include a fair amount of studio time as well as a number of art theory and history classes. Students can often choose what type of art they want to study, and the options may range from sculpting and painting to filmic studies or sound design. Some graduates use the foundation year to put together a portfolio of artistic work that will help them in their careers going forward.

After the year concludes, most graduates will be able to start searching for work as an artist or pursue a higher degree. These programs are beneficial for those who are still trying to decide how art might factor in to their professional lives.

The cost of a foundation year depends on a number of factors, including which university a student attends and also the type of art that is studied. To learn more about pricing, contact an institution directly.

Completing a foundation year in fine arts may open a number of career doors for a recent graduate. For those that study multimedia and digital arts, there may be jobs available in marketing and design. Visual artists can often find work at galleries and museums, or creating graphics for other businesses. Freelance work can be a good option for a young artist who may still decide to resume his or her artistic education. 

If you’re interested in fine arts but aren’t ready to commit to an extended program, a foundation year is an excellent option. To learn more about your choices, search for your program below and contract directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Foundation Course

City & Guilds of London Art School
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

Best Course Studies in Fine Arts 2017. 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. 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. ... [-]

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Level 3

Kensington and Chelsea College
Campus Full time Part time 35 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Kensington + 1 more

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 [+]

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. [-]

Foundation semester for Art programs

Budapest Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 1 semester February 2017 Hungary Budapest

MET University offers a brand new professional preparatory program (from every February) for those applicants who wish to get enrolled in any of our English language art program. [+]

Best Course Studies in Fine Arts 2017. Preparatory (prior to BA/MA) MET University offers a brand new professional preparatory program (from every February) for those applicants who wish to get enrolled in any of our English language art program. Students have the opportunity to join the desired 6-semester-long art BA programs every September. In other words, for those applicants who get admitted in February, the length of their studies will be 6+1 semesters. During this semester, students have the chance to learn the basic concepts and techniques, professional language, and also to familiarize themselves with the instructors and the atmosphere prior to the BA program. Entry Requirements Completed secondary school studies Intermediate command of English (e.g.: IELTS min 5.0) Portfolio of previous works [-]

Undergraduate Individual Study Abroad

Burren College of Art
Campus Full time September 2017 Ireland Galway

Studying abroad helps you develop new perspectives on who you are as an artist, and to see your art and yourself through new eyes. BCA offers a transformative experience for the emerging artist, stripping away the noise, clutter and distraction of everyday urban life to allow for a greater exploration of creativity. [+]

If you are ready to step away from the mainstream art school experience, then welcome to the Burren College of Art. Studying abroad helps you develop new perspectives on who you are as an artist, and to see your art and yourself through new eyes. BCA offers a transformative experience for the emerging artist, stripping away the noise, clutter and distraction of everyday urban life to allow for a greater exploration of creativity. With a maximum college enrollment of 55 students, the intimate community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, artists-in-residents and visiting artists creates an exciting platform for discussion, artistic collaboration and cross-disciplinary exchanges. Students are assigned their own studio space for the duration of their programme, to which they have access 24/7. Our courses are delivered both in-studio, on a tutorial basis or as group courses. Tutorial courses are taught through scheduled 1-to-1 contact in a students own studio, supplemented by regular scheduled group presentations, discussions and critiques. Group courses are taught as a unified class, with all students present with the tutor at the same time, along with individual advising sessions. Students normally take 5 courses during the semester, each carrying 3 credits. There is a diverse array of courses from which to choose in the areas of Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, as well as adjunct courses such as Mixed Media, Art in Context and Live Art. We also offer non-studio courses in Art History, Creative Writing and Irish Studies; an essential element of a semester abroad in this part of the world. Courses are available at Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced and Independent level and a full description of the range of courses is available in our Study Abroad Prospectus. A weekly visiting artist programme, regular trips to galleries in Dublin, London and Berlin as well as local galleries and visual art festivals in the West of Ireland ensure students are exposed to the best of European contemporary art. Individual Study Abroad - Courses - Drawing Drawing is indispensable to learning how to see and how to think visually. It can be a mode of representing the world, a way of developing ideas, and it can be studied as an art form in its own right. We teach drawing to assist students to observe and investigate the world, to enrich their visual thinking and to express ideas in ways possible through no other medium. Students choose which orientation in drawing is most suited to them and develop their ideas and skills in consultation with faculty. Students may propose an emphasis at Advanced or Independent levels. Emphases on Drawing and Environmental or Ecological Engagement are particularly welcomed. These courses satisfy both the major and elective requirements for studio practice. Individual Study Abroad - Courses - Painting We consider painting to include visual enquiry and expression of ideas through colour and fluid mediums of any kind, possibly in conjunction with other materials. Painting ranges from traditional 2D mediums such as oil, acrylic and watercolour to experimental use of any fluid medium as well as the digital extension of painting. Students are encouraged to experiment with the painting process, including the use of different grounds. We do not favour any one approach to painting and we encourage students to discover and develop their personal artistic standing as painters. Advanced and Independent Painting students have the option of declaring an emphasis in their course and to have it represented on their transcript. Approved emphases at Advanced and Independent Levels are: Figurative Painting; Abstract Painting; Narrative Painting; Painting and Ecological Engagement and Landscape Painting. Students wishing another emphasis to be identified on their transcript may apply for approval at the time of registration. These courses satisfy both the major and elective requirements for studio practice. Individual Study Abroad - Courses - Sculpture Sculpture offers an extensive range of possibilities for making art in multiple and diverse media and materials. The relationship of the art object to the environment it exists within is also central to sculptural practice and at BCA we focus in particular on sculpture in the rural, ecological and local community context of west Clare. We consider sculpture to be an open field of material practices that can additionally include aspects of other modes of art making including 2D images, 4D virtual realities, sound, video art, performance, political and socially engaged practices. Sculpture can also include temporary installations, permanent public sculpture and the world wide web as a platform for art. Our approach to teaching sculpture is inter-disciplinary and focused on 'joined-up' thinking and action. We encourage a research-based studio practice that leads to innovation and the discovery and development of the students personal artistic language. Approved emphases at Advanced and Independent levels are: Sculpture in the environment, Ecological sculpture, Interactive and Socially Engaged Sculpture, Installation and Public Sculpture, Duration and Movement, Figurative or Sound and Virtual Space. Students wishing another emphasis to be identified on their transcript may apply for approval at the time of registration. These courses satisfy both the major and elective requirements for studio practice. Individual Study Abroad - Courses - Photography We consider Photography to be a vehicle of expression, perception and artistic voice. Technical instruction is provided as appropriate. The programme is designed to encourage student engagement with the concepts as well as the mechanics of the field. Due to the relatively small scale of the college, students have a high level of concentrated access to the photographic facility as well as to tutors, peers and visiting artists. As well as working individually on guided or independent projects, students may also choose to work on a team-orientated assignment. Cross-media interaction and collaboration are actively encouraged. Approved emphases at Advanced and Independent Levels are: Landscape and Environmental; Experimental and Conceptual; Street and Studio Portraiture; Documentary; and Student Proposed Emphasis. These courses satisfy both the major and elective requirements for studio practice. Individual Study Abroad - Courses - Adjunct Courses BCAAE1 Art & Ecology (Group Course) This course is designed for students who wish to expand their artistic practice through engaging with concepts relating to ecology, earth systems and environmental change. Through fine art practice students will investigate how our social and earth ecologies coexist within the unique context of the Burren. Through seminars, studio and site specific projects, individual tutorials and group critiques, students will explore the interconnectivity between artistic practice, ecological thinking and the changing global climate. This course is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students working across all artistic disciplines. BCAAJ1 Live Art (Group Course) In this interdisciplinary course students are introduced to principles of live art, performance and video art practice. This course explores the body and actions of the artist as an artistic medium, the use of new media, video, sound recording and photography in relation to durational art. Practical performance workshops, including body and voice exercises are facilitated alongside basic instruction in video recording and editing techniques for dedicated video art, video installation and documentation purposes. We also explore currents in contemporary sound art and workshops are facilitated in sound editing. A focus on performance and video in the environment is encouraged. Generating visual and written documentation is a course requirement. BCAAJ2 Art in Context (Tutorial Course) This course focuses advanced and independent students on a singular project exploring a specific physical or conceptual context through art. It introduces the practice of dedicated research methods to explore the context or topic of the project. Projects are self-directed by the students with faculty support. Course requirements include a presentation of a research portfolio with art outcomes by the end of semester. The value of the course lies in the experience and learning of research methods similar to the research focus postgraduate students engage with at MA, MFA and PhD levels. Projects that engage the context of the local environment, environmental or ecological issues are particularly welcome. BCAAJ3 Mixed Media (Group Course) This dynamic course explores diverse contemporary art practice and encourages students to create art works in any media, method or process. The course reflects an ideas-led approach to mixed media and multi-media and we cultivate risk taking and experimentation across art forms. The course is structured with regular assignments at three week intervals and the projects focus on subjects such as making art in the environment and responding to contemporary issues such as beauty, surveillance and the museum. The class incorporates side lectures, discussions on the assignment topics and group critiques of finished work. This course is for intermediate and advanced students only. Liberal Arts Courses Students may chose up to two liberal arts courses to complement their studio courses. We recommend all students take Irish Studies unless their home institution disallows it. Admissions Interested students should complete the Application Form and return it to us with the following supporting materials: Images of recent work (10-15 jpegs or max. 2 video pieces in Quick Time format) Artist Statement (approx. 200 words) Statement of Purpose (between 500-1000 words explaining your purpose in undertaking study at BCA. Include your education objective, career plans and your reasons for choosing to study in Ireland) Official Transcript (s) 2 Letters of recommendation submitted by email or physical mail by your referees. €50 non-refundable application fee payable online. We request official hard copies of transcripts to be sent to Admissions, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland, or sent by the university/college via password protected email. Portfolio images can be submitted electronically via Dropbox or www.wetransfer.com. All other application materials can be emailed to the Director of Admissions, Lisa Newman, at lisa@burrencollege.ie [-]

International Foundation Programme in Art

DLD College London
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

The Art Foundation Programme is for advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio to progress onto Higher Education. This course is normally a requirement for entry to BA (Hons) degree programmes at prestigious art schools. [+]

Best Course Studies in Fine Arts 2017. What is the Art Foundation Programme? The Art Foundation Programme is for advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio to progress onto Higher Education. This course is normally a requirement for entry to BA (Hons) degree programmes at prestigious art schools. It gives you the opportunity to explore your creative potential and specialist area of study. The Foundation Diploma is a 1-year practical, creative and intensive course. The course is diagnostic in approach, enabling students to explore a wide range of specialist areas before deciding on a future direction within the subject. Students find this course exciting challenging and rewarding. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career and are interested in the art and design world, this could be the course for you! Key Course Features: Qualification: Level 4 Diploma Accreditation: Pearson Level: 4 Mode: Full-time Duration: 1 year Who is the course for? Advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio in order to progress to higher education. You may be thinking of a career in Art and Design but unsure of what possible directions you could take. You may feel you haven’t really tried out many areas of Art and Design. You might be unclear about the contents of the portfolio required when applying for a degree course. Our foundation course is designed to answer your creative questions, help you make the right choices and reach your potential. It will give you confidence, practical skills and the theoretical understanding to take the next step towards an exciting and creative career. How will I learn? You will have access to state of the art facilities in our new creative arts department. Enthusiastic and experienced team of specialist teaching staff will teach you on a daily basis. Throughout the course students will take part in group discussions and analysis of their own work and others. Exploration of historical, contemporary artists and designers practices are integrated into practical project work. Students make regular trips to visit exhibitions and fashion events throughout London. The year is structured into 3 stages Stage 1 Exploratory stage: A broad introduction providing you with new processes and techniques, through projects that build on A-level experience. Intensive 1 and 2 week projects are designed to challenge your preconceptions of Art and Design, encouraging experimentation and ambition. This stage allows you to try out many different specialisms whilst helping you to focus your attention on choosing future degree courses. Tutors provide extensive support to prepare for interviews and the presentation of your portfolio. Stage 2 Specialist Pathways: This stage allows you to develop a portfolio of work through extended specialist projects within the following areas. Fine Art (painting sculpture, printmaking, multimedia) Lens based media (photography, animation) Graphic design, Illustration, Textiles, (interior design / architecture, product design, etc.) Stage 3 Confirmatory (Final Major Project) This stage is an opportunity to produce self-motivated and more independent work within your chosen specialist pathway. An exhibition of the work open to the public is the culmination of the course. How will I be assessed? The Foundation Diploma is 100% coursework assessed. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback helps students to see the strengths of their work, as well as reflecting on areas, which can be developed further. Students must pass each stage of the course before they can go onto the next. Final grades are awarded on the work produced during the summer term and presented in the exhibition. Exam Board: Pearson Progression The Foundation Diploma is recognised as the best route to a degree in art and design after completing A-levels. This course is primarily a springboard to universities throughout the UK, preparing students to make the most of higher education, advising them on the most appropriate specialist course. DLD’s art department has an excellent record of students gaining places in the most competitive degree courses. NB: The majority of Art and design degree courses specify that students should complete a Foundation diploma as an entry requirement. Standard Entry Requirements Age: 17 years + One ‘A’ level (UK domestic students only) or other relevant qualification in Art and Design 4 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, or equivalent Portfolio submission IELTS 5.0+, or equivalent Passing an interview which will assess English language ability and motivation Mature and or under-qualified students are encouraged to apply with exceptional ability, as they may also be considered. However, it is the student’s portfolio that will be used to assess suitability for the course. Students will be asked to submit a portfolio of their own work. This should include a selection of art works (paintings, observational drawings, design work, photography) and especially work you may have carried out in your own time. Sketchbooks and design sheets are seen as vital in making this decision. You will be interviewed, and this will give you the opportunity to ask detailed questions about the course and show us a portfolio of your work, demonstrating your skills and interest. You will also be asked to complete a creative task that demonstrates your artistic dexterity, and fluent ability in English at level 5.0 IELTS or above. After DLD On successful completion of this BTEC L4 Foundation Diploma Course in A&D students are expected to apply for any of the following degrees: BA (Hons) Fine Art BA (Hons) Creative Arts BA (Hons) Photography BA (Hons) Graphics BA (Hons) Ceramics This high quality portfolio of work produced on this course will enable application to a wide variety of art and design degree courses throughout the UK. For example in London: University of the Arts University for the Creative Arts London Metropolitan University Ravensbourne College University of East London City and Guilds of London Art School Entry Requirements 1 strong A-level in Art If students do not have an A level qualification on entry they can only be submitted with evidence of high equivalent ability at point of entry (this should include a substantial portfolio comprising a range of developed final pieces, and strong research & project work (including detailed written contextual research of artists and art practice) Students should be able to show strong evidence of awareness and understanding of both historic and contemporary art & design practice, and have a strong command of spoken and written English, as the written component is a key part of the coursework. If students do not have an A Level Qualification on entry they will have to take an A Level while doing their Art – Foundation course, in order to fulfil Degree Application Requirements. If student have IELTS level 5 on entry they will need to achieve IELTS level 6+ in order to be eligible to apply for and take up places on degree courses on completion of the Art Foundation Course. Entry Requirements for international students To study the International Foundation Programme (IFP), your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 4.5. IFP students without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside IFP lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the IFP you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre-IFP) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. [-]