Why study a Foundation the Art Academy?
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At The Art Academy we believe the foundations of a contemporary art practice come from learning skills from your peers and a diverse set of professional artists. We invest unrivalled teaching time in developing your practice. The Art Academy will provide you with personal tutorial support and teach you practical techniques, an approach which we believe is unlike any similar course in the UK. Study is three tutored days a week at the Academy and at least 1 further day developing your project work on your own. We aim to give you exposure to a wealth of disciplines to help you to discover which areas of art & design best suit your personality and abilities. As well as gaining technical skills we’ll help you develop independent thought and confidence in your practice.
Autumn (September to December)
Students actively explore a range of ideas about what art might be and, consequently, what it means to be one kind of artist or another. We want our students to become confident in their expressive abilities, and to discover the joy and power of experimentation in a wide range of media. Students cover four disciplines; Drawing, Painting, Installation and Sculpture, and Digital Media.
Spring (January to March)
You will be given the opportunity to select modules that particularly appeal to you. You can either choose two, ten-week modules from the full range of ten-week components available on the Art Academy Diploma course, or select from the two Foundation-specific modules. There is a choice of 3D or 2D, and the modules combine a selection of shorter courses intended to give you a wider introduction to different media and techniques.
Summer (April to July)
You work towards your final exhibition, as well as selecting two final skills modules to complement and support the development of your work in the final term. Individual tutors and the Head of Foundation will constantly monitor your progress, and each module will be followed by a thorough critique and roundup session
3 days a week: get active tutorial support
2 days a week: gain hands-on skills
1 day a week: work on your personal project
Download the Foundation Course Document 2017-2018 (Subject to Change) for more information about modules, assignments and assessment criteria.
You will have access to the Foundation studio space during Academy hours (7.30am-9pm weekdays, and some weekends) for project work and self-directed study. We have built flexibility into the programme, allowing you work in or out of the premises on self-directed study on different days (some of our students need to work part-time), although you may complete this work elsewhere on other days if you wish.
Mermaid Court, 165A Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR
1 Year (Full Time), 2 Years (Part Time)
11th September 2017
Autumn Term 2017-2018
18th September – 1st December 2017
Half Term: 23rd October – 27th October 2017
Spring Term 2017-2018
8th January – 23rd March 2018
Half Term: 12th February – 16th February 2018
Summer Term 2017-2018
16th April – 22nd June 2018 (no half term)
5 – 8 July 2018
Preparation & Progression
The Fine Art Foundation is designed to help you prepare for your application and interview for your chosen study.
The Head of Foundation and your tutors will make sure that you have a clear understanding of the subject area of your choice and which institutions you are best suited to. You’ll have mock interviews and receive help with the organisation and presentation of your portfolio.
Our Fine Art Foundation students have progressed to many top class universities including:
Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, BA Fine Art
Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, BA Fine Art
Central St Martins, UAL, BA Fine Art, BA Culture, Criticism & Curation, BA Architecture: Space & Objects
Goldsmiths, UAL, BA Fine Art & History of Art
Glasgow School of Art, BA Fine Art
Kingston College of Art, Fine Art BA
London College of Communication, UAL, BA Photography
Manchester Metropolitan University, BA Fine Art
The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, BA Fine Art
The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, BA Fine Art
The University of Brighton, BA Fine Art Painting
The University of Edinburgh, BA Fine Art
The University of Westminster, BA Architecture, BA Graphic Design
Wimbledon College of Art, UAL, BA Fine Art
Some students also stay on and are accepted on to our Fine Art Diploma course.
“I started at the Academy in Foundation year, and because of the quality of teaching, amount I learned in that year, the facilities, and of course the great times I had, I decided to stay on for the 3 year Diploma. The best thing about Foundation is the variation of skills modules. We were taught a very wide range, from etching, to sculpture, to digital explorations, to experimental mark making in drawing and painting and much more. The personal project allowed me to express my own creative interests, and through tutorials with teachers and crits with my peers I was able to learn how to talk about my work in a focused manner, but more importantly, how to listen and apply criticism to my creative process. Before I chose the Academy for my Diploma I also went through the interview process with them and several other schools, and my tutor’s advisement in putting together my portfolio was invaluable throughout that process. As with the Foundation, my favourite aspect of the Art Academy’s diploma is the fact I have so many opportunities to continuously develop and pick up new skills in our modules, and as each module lasts a whole term I am able to explore these new methods in depth and apply these techniques in my personal work as well as inject plenty of personal ideas and styles into all of my projects. I really feel fortunate to be in at an art school where you actually get taught techniques and you are still given the space to flourish personally.”
Shankar Nielsen, Foundation and Diploma Student.
Fees & Funding
Fees must be paid in advance and can be paid yearly or termly (the latter incurring a 3% surcharge).
|Course||Fee Per Level||Fee Per Year||Fee Per Term (incl 3% surcharge)|
|Full-time Foundation (UK/EU) 1yr||£5,065||£5,065||£1,739|
|Part-time Foundation (UK/EU)||
Two scholarships of (25%) £1250 are available for students starting their Fine Art Foundation in 2016/17. Scholarship recipients will be selected during their interview on the basis of need and merit and informed following the conclusion of the interview process. For more information, please click here.
If you don’t find the answer to your question here please contact us for further information:
What qualifications do I need to apply for the Foundation?
We don’t ask for any particular qualifications. The course is carefully structured in such a way that even students who have pursued no formal art studies can both take part in and benefit from it. The application and interview process will help determine whether the course is right for you.
Is the Foundation course only for students immediately planning to go on to Higher Education?
No. Although certain aspects of the course are aimed at preparing students for further study, the course would benefit anyone who wants to explore a wide range of fine art disciplines and learn about life as an artist.
Can I specialise in just sculpture or painting?
The course is designed to cover a whole range of fine art disciplines, but you will have the possibility to steer your studies and projects in a particular direction and towards specific media, especially towards the end of the course when you may be developing specialisms.
How old must I be to apply for the Foundation course?
The only stipulation is that you must be 18 by the time you start on the course – we are happy to speak to and meet younger students looking forward to their fine art studies in the future.
Are scholarships, bursaries or student loans available for the Foundation course?
We have a small number of bursaries available for the Fine Art Foundation, which we can discuss with you at interview or alternatively visit the Bursaries section of our website or contact us for more information. As our foundation course is internally accredited and awarded, it is not subject to funding from the EFA or SFA and therefore a full cost course. Neither is it eligable for student support under the Student Loans Company scheme. However, the Art Academy can offer advice on possible sources of funding. Please contact us to discuss.
Do you take mature students for the Foundation course?
Yes, applications from mature students are welcomed.
What is the structure for paying fees for the Foundation course?
Fees can be paid yearly or termly – full details can be found on the ‘Fees & Funding’ page of the website – but your first term of year must have been paid for by the time you start the course. A deposit is required for all students enrolling on the course.
Is the Foundation course accredited?
The course is focused on delivering a thoroughly useful programme suited to its students needs. Upon successful completion you will receive an in-house diploma (instead of a conventional accreditation), which attests your individual achievements. The Art Academy’s Foundation course is a well-recognised programme and our students are regularly accepted onto further study courses at top universities.
In order to apply for the Fine Art Foundation starting September 2018 please fill out our online application form.
Alternatively you can download a .pdf version and post it to us along with at least 5 images of your work.
Please post to:
The Art Academy
165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
On receiving your application, we will offer successful candidates an interview. The Art Academy’s Course Administrator will arrange a suitable time and date for interview with the Head of Foundation. Interviews are based on the content and quality of the applicant’s portfolio, CV and application.