Course Type: Full Time

Foundation Studies in Art and Design

  • Course Code AAA0698
  • Start Date 10th September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This course is the first step if you want to go to university or want a career in art and design. It's a dynamic, fast-paced way of realising your goals.


The course is divided into three stages: 

Exploratory, You are introduced to a range of art and design disciplines

Pathways, You choose your own personal artistic direction

Confirmatory, You write and deliver your own project brief.


You will also be introduced to printmaking, digital media and life drawing.


The course has been designed to teach you 'how to do' and 'how to think' -- the essential components of success in today's thriving creative industries. The subjects covered are extensive. Students have progressed to degree courses in fine art, visual communication, animation, illustration, fashion and textiles, theatre design, costume design, photography, games design, interior design and product design.


The course includes trips and gallery visits, and concludes with an exhibition of student work.

An interview is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

You will generate a portfolio of evidence during the course that will meet the requirements of the qualification.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught using a mix of practical workshops, tutorials, assignments, trips and visits and commissioned briefs.

Qualifications needed

This course is Level 3 - you will need to have the equivalent of at least four GCSEs at grade C (4) or above - preferably including English and maths. For vocational programmes, it would help to have a relevant qualification at Level 2 or appropriate expe

Required experience

You will need to be able to present a portfolio of work.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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