Our cutting edge approach to creativity will prepare you for a career as an art practitioner.
Foundation course taught by University Centre Weston (UCW)
- Develop professional and entrepreneurial skills such as self-promotion, exhibition and curation.
- Explore a variety of media including print, fine art, sculpture, installation and digital media.
- Develop and refine your own unique creativity.
Applauded for its cutting edge approach to creativity, this work-based course allows you to capture what is most unique about yourself and how you respond to this creatively.
We place emphasis on professionalism and entrepreneurship, allowing you to find your niche in the contemporary art world, target a given audience, promote and curate your work for exhibition and sale, and work confidently alongside other creative professionals.
"Not many degrees offer the depth of professional work-based theory and practice that this course offers, I find the diversity of the course intriguing."
-Helen, Contemporary Art and Professional Studies (Foundation Degree) graduate
What you'll learn
Through this course, you'll develop robust practical and intellectual skills, and focus on entrepreneurship and creativity. We introduce you to professional and commercial skills, including finance, negotiation, business and marketing, as well as helping you build a network of contacts in the sector.
As you progress through the course, you'll be able to concentrate on your specialist area(s) of creative practice, and engage in work placements alongside other creative individuals. You'll experiment with a diverse range of traditional and contemporary media. The course culminates in an exhibition of your work, which you'll professionally promote and stage.
- Year 1
Experiment with different media, developing your own area(s) of interest.
- Year 2
Concentrate on your specialisms and engage in extensive work-based learning and external activities.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed through portfolios, journals, presentations, essays and practical work. There is no formal examination.
How will I be taught?
This course is taught through workshops in a variety of 2D and 3D media, alongside studio-based and contextual modules. You'll take part in lectures and seminars, 1:1 and group tutorials, demonstrations, work placements, critiques, cultural visits, and projects. We also make use of visiting creative professionals to deliver guest lectures.
Work placements, industry links and internships
Our students have worked with clients such as Weston General Hospital, Apex Sculpture Park and the Order of St John.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
This course is taught at University Centre Weston. You'll be allocated your own dedicated workstation and display area in our specialist studios, which is yours to use throughout the year. You'll also benefit from access to exhibition space, darkrooms and digital facilities.