Art and Design Foundation

Studying Art and Design at Bellerbys College

The UK is famous worldwide for producing high quality and cutting-edge art and design graduates. James Dyson, Terence Conran and Stella McCartney are just some of the talented designers who studied in the UK. If you want to work in the creative industries, our Art and Design Foundation will provide you with the ideal start to your studies. 

The Art and Design Foundation prepares you for university degrees in art, design and arts-related subjects. Students study 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure. It has core modules studied by all Foundation students, which develop academic and English language skills, and modules tailored for Art and Design students.

Where will this Foundation take me?

Some of our recent students of this Foundation have gone on to study illustration at University of the Arts London and Camberwell College of Arts; Fashion at the University of Leeds; Graphic Design at University of the Arts London; Central Saint Martins and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art. 

Destination universities

You can explore a selection of university destinations that Foundation students can choose from here.

Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression to study at the following universities:

  • BA (Hons) Architecture
  • BA (Hons) Art & Design History and Practice
  • BA (Hons) Creative and Cultural Industries: Art Direction/Curation, Exhibition and Events / Design Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Fashion
  • BA (Hons) Film Cultures
  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art & Art History
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Illustration Animation
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design
  • BA (Hons) Photography
  • BA (Hons) Product & Furniture Design
  • BA (Hons) Animation
  • BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art
  • BA (Hons) Creative Advertising
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Branding with Communication
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • BA (Hons) Photography
  • BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance
  • BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design
  • BA (Hons) Visual Communication
  • BA (Hons) Animation
  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Promotion
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art Mixed Media
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Design
  • BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Communication
  • BA (Hons) Photography

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, October, January. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for October and January start)
Location: Brighton or London
Tuition fees per term: £7,213 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)

Prepare for Foundation in October (3.5 term)

Start in October and you will have an extra one half of a term to prepare for the Foundation programme in January. You will receive extra English classes, extra university guidance and have more time to develop study skills.

Course modules

Art Skills

Art skills

Introduces the art discipline: studio practice, drawing, painting and media-handling skills, portfolio production, fulfilling assessment objectives, health and safety, working processes, beginning of a portfolio of work.

Introduction

  • Basic Drawing Skills; Line, Form, Tone, Perspective and Proportion
  • Media Handling and Mixed Media Work
  • Orientation Walk
  • Introduction to Digital Arts Suite
  • File Saving for Web

Scale Door Project

  • Observational Drawing and Recording with Measurements
  • Documenting with Photography
  • Basic Model Making Skills and Working to Scale
  • Exploration and Experimentation with Media
  • Photography and Presentation of Final Work as Portfolio Pages
  • Basic Photoshop Skills
  • Power Point Basics
  • Using Fonts and Type Effectively 

Emotional Spaces Project

  • Visual Interpretation of Themes
  • Analysis of Contextual References
  • Exploration and Experimentation with Media
  • Photography with Lighting for Visual Communication
  • Evaluating Project
  • Presentation of Final Work as Portfolio Pages
  • Beginning of Digital Portfolio

Group and Independent Design

Group and Independent Design 

Work from project briefs, both independently and in a team, and have greater freedom to interpret and develop your individual work.

Self-Directed Project

  • Recording of Research from First and Second Hand Sources
  • Written and Visual Analysis Underpinning Design Proposals
  • Generation of 2D and 3D responses Exploring and Developing the Project Brief
  • Documentation of Final Outcomes
  • Presentation of Developing Work
  • Project Evaluation and Presentation of Final Work in Portfolio
  • Pre and post Production, Enhancing Digital Photography, Appropriate digital Arts

May Ball Project

  • Group Design Proposal and Presentations in 2D and 3D to scale
  • Research and Analysis Boards
  • Ideas Development and Planning as a team
  • Collaboration with Extra Departmental Contributors
  • Realising Design Proposal as a Collaborative team
  • Documentation of Working Process, Project Evaluation and Final Work for Portfolio

Design Skills

Design Skills

Increases the variety of materials, media and processes used in art skills to develop larger projects. You will focus on the creative process and create alternative designs.

Metamorphosis Project

  • Illustration and Observational Drawing
  • Mixed Media and Collage Studies
  • Documenting work with Photography
  • Developing a Sketchbook
  • Visual and Written Analysis and Interpretation of Themes, Symbols and Text
  • Research Appropriate References Showing Understanding of Context and Technique
  • Design and Create Alternative Storyboards
  • Print Making with Lino
  • Presentation of Final work
  • Generating a Digital Portfolio

Distorted Heads and Faces Project

  • Observational Drawing and Recording from Museum Exhibition,
  • Mixed Media Painting, Mono Prints and Drawings from Art History Research
  • 50 Self-Portraits in a Range of Media
  • 3D Cardboard Heads from Test, Photographed for Portfolio
  • Subject Specific Research for Project Development
  • Digital Arts: Selecting and Cropping, Typography, Filters, Editing and Transforming, Layers and Blending Options
  • Generating a Digital Portfolio

Photography

Photography

Develop an understanding of both film and digital photography as an essential part of studio practice. For the documentation of work, as a medium in its own right and also as a foundation for the further study of the subject as a medium in its own right.

  • Practical Digital Photography
  • Pinhole and Manual SLR Black and White Film Photography
  • Metamorphosis – Looking at Constructed Photography
  • Documentary – Thinking of Your Country
  • Portrait, Mirror, Masquerade - Art History Influences in Photography

Experimentation and Development

Experimentation and Development

Study creative processes and develop independent project skills; research, analyse and creatively explore media; problem solve to realise project outcomes.

Lazarus Project

  • Text Analysis and Visual Interpretation
  • Making Swatches and Textiles Experiments
  • Typography for Communication
  • Combining Research and Studies from Exhibition
  • Visual Communication; Mood Boards
  • Contextual References; Paper Engineering, Designers and Construction Examples
  • Exploring Pop Up Construction
  • Basic Typography Skills
  • Creative Book Making Skills
  • Creative Responses for Documenting Final Fork

Vice Versa Project

  • Exhibition Research Exercises
  • Drawing and Painting from Observation
  • Contextual Analysis of Elements from Research
  • Sculptural Responses from 2D Recording
  • Visual Communication as a Mood Board
  • Development and Creation of an ‘Ideas’ Book
  • Documentation of the Creative Process with Photography showing 2D and 3D Investigations
  • Production of Final Response in Relevant Subject Field

Contextual Studies

Contextual Studies

Introduce the language skills required for visual analysis; contextualise practical studio work; establish the skills and process of systematic physical documentation and digital recording of project work, together with its critical evaluation; communicate the processes, outcomes, successes and difficulties encountered in practical work.

Studio projects are supported by contextual studies by means of:

  • Tutor-led Examples of Presentations
  • Tutor-led Presentation of Former Students’ Work, including Portfolio Pages, Models, Sketchbooks and Word Processed Evaluations
  • Support for Creating Portfolio
  • Field Study Visit(s) to Relevant Museums and Exhibitions
  • Application of Assessment Criteria in Review Processes
  • Homework Tasks
  • Life Drawing Workshops
  • Tests
  • Word Processed Evaluations of Projects
  • PowerPoint Presentations of Projects
  • Development of Digital and Physical Portfolios
Core modules

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:

  • Reading effectively and critically
  • Making notes in lectures and presentations
  • Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
  • Researching, planning and writing academic essays
  • Students are also supported in developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

Digital Arts Skills

Digital Arts Skills

Improving IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

GCSEs

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GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.

Foundation

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A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.