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Best university for a year Art foundation course? In the UK or somewhere else in the world...
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Best university for a year Art foundation course? In the UK or somewhere else in the world...
Hi there!

Have you looked at Plymouth College of Art? We offer a one year UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, which gets you ready for Undergraduate level study. Our Pre-Degree students have their own fantastic facilities and space to work in just a few minutes away from the main campus, and students often come to use the facilities at the main campus. We also offer an Extended BA Hons Degree, which is a four year programme consisting of a Foundation year and a three year bachelor's degree. If you'd like to find out more about our Foundation Diploma, then I've inserted some hyperlinks!

I hope this helps and please feel free to ask any questions. If you'd like to chat to any of our students, you can find us at Unibuddy where we would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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Best university for a year Art foundation course? In the UK or somewhere else in the world...
Hey Autumnbelle,

Have you looked at the University of the Arts London, UAL? They offer two different art foundation courses one at Central Saint Martins (I did this one ) and one at Camberwell. These are both based in London, a great place to be located if you're interested in a career in the creative industry.

Is there a particular genre of the arts that you are most interested in? Both these courses give you the option to apply as a diagnostic or a specialised student, giving you the opportunity to try an array of mediums before specialising at the end of your foundation.

As mentioned above I studied my foundation at Central Saint Martins so please do not hesitate to ask any questions about my experience.

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Hey Autumnbelle,

Have you looked at the University of the Arts London, UAL? They offer two different art foundation courses one at Central Saint Martins (I did this one ) and one at Camberwell. These are both based in London, a great place to be located if you're interested in a career in the creative industry.

Is there a particular genre of the arts that you are most interested in? Both these courses give you the option to apply as a diagnostic or a specialised student, giving you the opportunity to try an array of mediums before specialising at the end of your foundation.

As mentioned above I studied my foundation at Central Saint Martins so please do not hesitate to ask any questions about my experience.

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Hi Tegan! I was offered a place at CSM for its foundation (graphic pathway) this year, could you please share some of your experience (i wanna know everything about it explicitly ><) and opinion toward this course? Also, I'm quite worried that the atmosphere will be harsh, and some even say that the tutors aren't helpful (of course I realize that it depends, and every person's opinion varies) How will the selection process after finishing foundation works? (rly worried that i can't make it, will the tutors help us to prepare our portfolio? don't wanna fail to earn a place for BA course:/ ) omg i have so many questions, sorry about that haha, I appreciate your kind assistance!!
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Hi Tegan! I was offered a place at CSM for its foundation (graphic pathway) this year, could you please share some of your experience (i wanna know everything about it explicitly ><) and opinion toward this course? Also, I'm quite worried that the atmosphere will be harsh, and some even say that the tutors aren't helpful (of course I realize that it depends, and every person's opinion varies) How will the selection process after finishing foundation works? (rly worried that i can't make it, will the tutors help us to prepare our portfolio? don't wanna fail to earn a place for BA course:/ ) omg i have so many questions, sorry about that haha, I appreciate your kind assistance!!
Hey ARTEMISWENG,

Congratulations on getting a place on the foundation at CSM!! That's great news.

I went into the course as a diagnostic student but then specialised onto the graphic's pathway. I really enjoyed this part of the course as it played to some of my strengths but also taught me some new skills, such as screen printing.

I found all the tutors on the course helpful but it is definitely a lot more independent than being at school. The tutors expect you to work well on your own or with your peers and don't always have that much input. This at the time may feel a bit scary but is actually very beneficial for preparing you for your further studies (BA) and the creative industry.

The course is very good at helping you put together your portfolio for interview and a lot of time is dedicated to this process. You produce work on the foundation at quite a high pace meaning you have lots of different projects to choose from to go into your portfolio. Choose the ones you are most passionate about and confident talking about as this will put you in good stead for your interview.

As an internal student (part of UAL) you are guaranteed an interview for any UAL course you apply for and guaranteed a place at UAL but not necessarily the course you apply for. This is a great advantage of the course as it means you don't have to go through the same online portfolio and application process that external students have to follow. Please note guaranteed interview does not mean guaranteed place on the course!

One of my highlights of doing my foundation at CSM was being in London. I am not from London and found doing my foundation there was super helpful for being settled and comfortable for when I started my BA.

I hope that is helpful and good luck making your decision.

If you have any more question feel free to ask away.

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you could try looking into kingston! i did my foundation there.
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Hi there!

Have you looked at Plymouth College of Art? We offer a one year UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, which gets you ready for Undergraduate level study. Our Pre-Degree students have their own fantastic facilities and space to work in just a few minutes away from the main campus, and students often come to use the facilities at the main campus. We also offer an Extended BA Hons Degree, which is a four year programme consisting of a Foundation year and a three year bachelor's degree. If you'd like to find out more about our Foundation Diploma, then I've inserted some hyperlinks!

I hope this helps and please feel free to ask any questions. If you'd like to chat to any of our students, you can find us at Unibuddy where we would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Lauren
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omg yessss and ur accomodation is soooo well priced aswell
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Anyone else have any other good options in central London apart from Ravensbourne, Kingston or Camberwell/CSM ?
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Anyone else have any other good options in central London apart from Ravensbourne, Kingston or Camberwell/CSM ?
There are a lot of large FE colleges in London that offer foundation with excellent facilities and teaching.

there is a stickied thread at the top of the art and design forum with links to all the university based foundation diplomas in the UK
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Anyone else have any other good options in central London apart from Ravensbourne, Kingston or Camberwell/CSM ?
Royal Drawing School is new and is central
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Hi Tegan! I was offered a place at CSM for its foundation (graphic pathway) this year, could you please share some of your experience (i wanna know everything about it explicitly ><) and opinion toward this course? Also, I'm quite worried that the atmosphere will be harsh, and some even say that the tutors aren't helpful (of course I realize that it depends, and every person's opinion varies) How will the selection process after finishing foundation works? (rly worried that i can't make it, will the tutors help us to prepare our portfolio? don't wanna fail to earn a place for BA course:/ ) omg i have so many questions, sorry about that haha, I appreciate your kind assistance!!
Hi, I would like to know what did you do to get an offer, i have heard it is very hard. How did you prepare your portfolio and how many months did it take it? Any advice?
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Hi Tegan! I was offered a place at CSM for its foundation (graphic pathway) this year, could you please share some of your experience (i wanna know everything about it explicitly ><) and opinion toward this course? Also, I'm quite worried that the atmosphere will be harsh, and some even say that the tutors aren't helpful (of course I realize that it depends, and every person's opinion varies) How will the selection process after finishing foundation works? (rly worried that i can't make it, will the tutors help us to prepare our portfolio? don't wanna fail to earn a place for BA course:/ ) omg i have so many questions, sorry about that haha, I appreciate your kind assistance!!
Hi! I am Camila and I am interested in the same foundation. Could you please tell us how did you prepare your portfolio? Did you go to an art academy or have a tutor? How long did it take it? It would be so helpful. thank you
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Hey ARTEMISWENG,

Congratulations on getting a place on the foundation at CSM!! That's great news.

I went into the course as a diagnostic student but then specialised onto the graphic's pathway. I really enjoyed this part of the course as it played to some of my strengths but also taught me some new skills, such as screen printing.

I found all the tutors on the course helpful but it is definitely a lot more independent than being at school. The tutors expect you to work well on your own or with your peers and don't always have that much input. This at the time may feel a bit scary but is actually very beneficial for preparing you for your further studies (BA) and the creative industry.

The course is very good at helping you put together your portfolio for interview and a lot of time is dedicated to this process. You produce work on the foundation at quite a high pace meaning you have lots of different projects to choose from to go into your portfolio. Choose the ones you are most passionate about and confident talking about as this will put you in good stead for your interview.

As an internal student (part of UAL) you are guaranteed an interview for any UAL course you apply for and guaranteed a place at UAL but not necessarily the course you apply for. This is a great advantage of the course as it means you don't have to go through the same online portfolio and application process that external students have to follow. Please note guaranteed interview does not mean guaranteed place on the course!

One of my highlights of doing my foundation at CSM was being in London. I am not from London and found doing my foundation there was super helpful for being settled and comfortable for when I started my BA.

I hope that is helpful and good luck making your decision.

If you have any more question feel free to ask away.

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Hi Tegan, I am Camila, from Argentina, and I am interested in the same foundation course. I was wondering if you could advice me how to do my portfolio. Are there art academies in London that can help you? are there UAL students that can tutor me to do it? Thank you
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Hi Tegan, I am Camila, from Argentina, and I am interested in the same foundation course. I was wondering if you could advice me how to do my portfolio. Are there art academies in London that can help you? are there UAL students that can tutor me to do it? Thank you
Hi Camila Iturbe,

Thanks for getting in touch.

I prepared my portfolio for my foundation independently but used the help of my photography teacher at my sixth form (where we do A-levels in the UK) and a family friend who is a practicing artist. It probably took me around 3-4 months to prepare my portfolio but I used work from the whole year prior to applying. I had work from school and from creative jobs I did outside of my education: so it may take a little longer if you are starting from scratch.

Quite a lot of prospective students choose to do a portfolio preparation course. The UAL portfolio preparation short courses (which are currently running online) come well recommended, I have had friends attend who have really enjoyed them and then gone on to be successful in their application to the foundation. There an array of courses available which you can check out here. This portfolio preparation course for Art School may be a good option for you or if you are over 18 check out this one instead.

This video on portfolio preparation is a good short watch too!

All the best with your application and please do not hesitate if you have any further questions.

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Hi Camila Iturbe,

Thanks for getting in touch.

I prepared my portfolio for my foundation independently but used the help of my photography teacher at my sixth form (where we do A-levels in the UK) and a family friend who is a practicing artist. It probably took me around 3-4 months to prepare my portfolio but I used work from the whole year prior to applying. I had work from school and from creative jobs I did outside of my education: so it may take a little longer if you are starting from scratch.

Quite a lot of prospective students choose to do a portfolio preparation course. The UAL portfolio preparation short courses (which are currently running online) come well recommended, I have had friends attend who have really enjoyed them and then gone on to be successful in their application to the foundation. There an array of courses available which you can check out here. This portfolio preparation course for Art School may be a good option for you or if you are over 18 check out this one instead.

This video on portfolio preparation is a good short watch too!

All the best with your application and please do not hesitate if you have any further questions.

Kindest,

Tegan
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Hi, sorry if this is a bit of a weird question, but do you have to be good at art and drawing to do the foundation course? I would like to go to CSM to study Fashion Design with Marketing and I can draw, but I'm not the best. Thank you
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Hi, sorry if this is a bit of a weird question, but do you have to be good at art and drawing to do the foundation course? I would like to go to CSM to study Fashion Design with Marketing and I can draw, but I'm not the best. Thank you
Hi livstaplesx,

The foundation tutors are looking for students who can demonstrate a potential in the following:

Visualisation skills (e.g. drawing, photography, 3D works)
Research and investigative skills
Creative thinking and problem solving abilities
The use of a range of materials and processes
An interest in art, design or related subjects.

Please also note that the Fashion Design with marketing course at CSM is a creative course so will require a level of drawing competence.

If you're passionate about the arts and feel you can demonstrate this through a portfolio of work then I can only recommend you apply.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

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Hi livstaplesx,

The foundation tutors are looking for students who can demonstrate a potential in the following:

Visualisation skills (e.g. drawing, photography, 3D works)
Research and investigative skills
Creative thinking and problem solving abilities
The use of a range of materials and processes
An interest in art, design or related subjects.

Please also note that the Fashion Design with marketing course at CSM is a creative course so will require a level of drawing competence.

If you're passionate about the arts and feel you can demonstrate this through a portfolio of work then I can only recommend you apply.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Kindest,

Tegan
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Thank you

I'm really interested in fashion and I do Textiles for GCSE at the moment (I'm predicted an 8) and I would like to do it for a level as well. I do like drawing but I'm better at doing more abstract drawings rather than really detailed technical drawings so would this be alright?
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Hi, I did mine in Carmarthen School of Art and it was excellent! Loads of recources, opportunities and great tutor to student time ratio. Highly recommend it
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