The Fine Art Foundation is led by Lynn Dennison, Foundation Programme Leader. The course takes place at both Mermaid Court (165A Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR) and our Newington site (155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS).
Students have access to their personal dedicated studio space in the Foundation studio space at our Newington site (9am-9pm Monday to Thursday). This space is used for project work and self-directed study.
The programme comprises 3 main components:
- Personal Project modules
- Art Theory module
- Elective Skills Workshop courses
Course Dates 2018/19
Autumn term – Monday 17th September to Friday 30th November (Half term – 22nd to 28th October)
Spring term – Monday 14th January to Friday 29th March (Half term – 18th to 24th February)
Summer term – Tuesday 23rd April to Monday 1st July
Course Dates 2019/20
Autumn term – Monday 9th September to Friday 29th November (Half term – 21st to 26th October)
Spring term – Monday 13th January to Friday 27th March (Half term – 17th to 22nd February)
Summer term – Tuesday 14th April to Monday 22nd June
Personal Project Modules
The Personal Project modules form the core of the course. You will develop work and critical skills in response to a series of practical briefs that encourage increasingly independent learning. These modules run throughout the entire programme with 1 each term. Personal Project modules are 1 day a week, taught through a mixture of 1-2-1 tutorials, group critiques, workshops and lectures, with students undertaking mostly practical work in a studio.
Your tutors and visiting tutors ensures you gain knowledge and understanding of the wider contexts and critical discourses relating to your own emerging fine art practice. For each Personal Project module throughout the programme you will be expected to collate a portfolio of evidence for assessment, which includes preparatory work, research work and final pieces (where relevant). Students present their work to tutors and peers for assessment at the end of each term. You will be additionally set mini holiday briefs over the christmas and Easter breaks, to enable you to continue to develop your portfolio for university application and interview. Each of the Personal Project modules equates to 30% of your final Foundation Diploma grade.
Elective Skills Workshop Courses
These 1 day per week, term-long courses underpin the Personal Project modules and are where you will receive intensive training in the technical skills necessary for your chosen discipline(s). These courses cover a wide range of disciplines with technical progress developed in whatever discipline you choose to pursue. You can work across multiple disciplines or follow a path focusing on a single discipline, such as painting, sculpture, digital media, installation or printmaking, allowing you to tailor your learning to your specific interests.
The Elective Skills Workshop Courses are not subject to summative assessment. They are intended to give you the freedom and space to experiment with skills and approaches which will in from the development of your personal projects.
The days you attend the Academy will vary from term to term, depending on which Elective Skills Workshop Course you choose (please note, however, the day you attend the personal project will remain fixed throughout the year).
Art Theory Module
This module comprises of 6 sessions in terms 1 and 2 introducing a series of fundamental questions about what art is and how we can study it. What is ‘an artist’? What does it mean to view an artwork ‘in context’? How can we compare the work of artists from different cultures? Does art communicate? It is assessed through a visual annotation exercise, which requires you to use both descriptive and analytical skills. You will also be required to do a presentation in working with another student, comparing and contrasting two works of art. The Art Theory module contributes 10% of your final Foundation Diploma grade.