Foundation Preparation in Art and Design (Foundation Diploma)

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The award
Foundation Diploma

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 6000

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Foundation Preparation in Art and Design at Bath Spa University

Develop your art and design skills in preparation for your chosen degree programme.

  • A fast-paced curriculum taught within a professional studio environment.
  • Progression to a specialist art and design degree.
  • Access to lectures and talks by internationally acclaimed Artists and Designers.

This foundation course is an exciting, hands-on opportunity for you to develop your art and design abilities in relation to contemporary practice. Our specialist student-centred environment will allow you to develop your ideas in an professional and fun atmosphere.

The course is tailored to build your skills, so you can progress onto your chosen 3-year degree programme. You'll leave the foundation course with a unique and thorough grounding in a broad range of areas within art and design.

What you'll learn


You'll learn by doing. We'll encourage you to question and experiment with media and materials, in relation to contemporary art and design practice.

We want you to:

  • develop your skills and confidence.
  • to see as well as look.
  • develop a flexible approach to navigating through life.

Course structure

Stage one

We'll introduce you to a range of approaches to drawing and experiment with media and materials in 2D and 3D.

Stage two

Continue to develop your skills in drawing and develop a body of work in a more specific specialist area.

Stage three

Write your own project and develop work in a specialist media over an extended period. Your work will be displayed in an end of year exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment on the course is continuous. There are formal internal assessment points at the end of stage one and two. Stage three is externally assessed.


How will I be taught?

All teaching staff are practicing 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


Field trips

There are trips and  drawing visits to museums art, galleries and specific 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

As a Foundation Preparation in Art and Design student, you'll be taught at Dartmouth Avenue.

You'll be able to benefit from access to:

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardFoundation DiplomaHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 6000International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course


UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £6,000 Year 2 Published Jan 2018 Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2018 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,500 Year 2 Published Jan 2018 Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2018 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for keen and enthusiastic people who are committed and interested in contemporary 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 foundation preparation programme. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level -  Grades CC including Grade C in Art & Design or related subjects preferred.
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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