Foundation Art and DesignAbout the course
Our cohort of 150 students have undertaken an intense year of study, which has provided them with the opportunity to focus on the practical elements of the four key disciplines of Textiles and Fashion, Fine Art, 3D Design and Visual Communications, along with a solid grounding in the conceptual, historical and theoretical elements of contemporary Art and Design.
The Foundation experience provides an excellent springboard for students who choose to progress on to a range of higher education courses and institutions. This transition year ensures that they are well equipped for the academic and technical challenges that they will face as they enter the next phase of their academic journey.
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Through the 3D Design pathway, students engage with a wide range of materials and processes through creative hubs which include ceramics, plastics, metal and wood. They are encouraged to seek a broad range of historical and contextual references to inform their studies and to experiment with form, structure and expression. Outcomes range from architecture, lighting, furniture, products and body adornments to more provocative and expressive sculptural investigations with a range of media.
Below are selected works from students who have specialised in 3D Design.
Adrian Avellaneda, Morgan Faulkner, Harshita Singh
Eleanor Buckeldee, Teni Begbaaji, Lucy Cave
Thibaud Le Calvex, Anna Averof, Alyina Rouf
Thibaud Le Calvex
Within the Fine Art specialism, students are encouraged to be open and playful in communicating their ideas about the world around them and develop a personal enquiry. They are introduced to the current ways of thinking and making associated with the contemporary practices of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and also alternative strategies such as working with sound, words and performance.
Below are selected works from students who have specialised in Fine Art.
Clara Lopez Millan
Textiles and Fashion
This pathway introduces students to the incredible breadth of textiles and fashion. Challenging projects are designed to encourage independent thinking and an awareness of historical, cultural and contemporary textiles and fashion, and to introduce students to a range of practical exploration. Students investigate drawing, colour, pattern, materials manipulation and 3D structure. They are encouraged to explore alternative media, materials and processes and access workshops to introduce new techniques.
Outcomes may be fabric designs, photography, three-dimensional sculptural pieces and body applications that are diverse and individual.
Below are selected works from students who have specialised in Textiles and Fashion.
Studio Elsa Dugaro
Shannon Nel, Anna Pearce, Bella Reed
Shannon Nel, Anna Pearce, Bella Reed
Within Visual Communication, students are given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of processes through workshops in stop motion and digital animation techniques. They learn how to create and manipulate imagery using software including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and will have access to a range of printmaking processes, ceramics and fine metalwork.
With a focus on target audience they will use these skills to convey their response to project briefs which explore illustrating and designing layout for publishing, creating advertising campaigns and developing characters for storytelling. Their outcomes can be broad-ranging, demonstrating 2D and 3D approaches and the use of time-based media.
Below are selected works from students who have specialised in Visual Communication.
Tess Mitchel Thomas