Foundation courses in the School of Arts



Course Leader Lucy Turner introduces the course

A foundation is a really good start to a career within art and design and gives students a really good specialist portfolio to go to interview with at degree level ... most students find it the most enjoyable year of their education.

Art and Design Foundation

Amy Fletcher - Student Profile

Student Profile
Amy Fletcher
Art and Design Foundation diploma

Art and Design Foundation Diploma

Our one-year Art and Design Foundation Course is the accepted route of entry to all BA Art and Design courses in Britain, including those at Oxford Brookes University. Students progress to higher art and design courses in UK and abroad.

The vast majority of our students are accepted on higher courses. Our highly regarded foundation courses provide you with a range of opportunities. From technical workshops through to challenging projects designed to develop ideas, we offer the necessary variety of experience to prepare you for the next stage of your education.


Felix Peever - Art & Design Founation Student

"The course has been all I expected and more, it has helped my portfolio immensely and I've really enjoyed my time doing it."

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It is also possible to continue to study at Brookes after Foundation on such courses as Fine Art, Architecture, Interior Architecture, History of Art and Media, Graphic Design (Swindon Campus), Drawing for Fine Art Practice (Swindon Campus) and Illustration (Swindon).

Interested in this course at another location please see Oxford Brookes University-accredited Creative Arts and Design Practice Fd(A) at Banbury and Bicester College, Swindon College, Solihull College.

Creative Arts & Design Practice Foundation Degree (FdA)

On this two-year course you will experience a broad range of creative, communicative, theoretical & technical processes that will allow you to operate and sustain a career within the creative arts sector.

Furniture Design and Make Foundation Degree (FdA)

This course is offered at City of Oxford College

The Foundation Degree in Furniture Design and Make is linked closely with the furniture industry and aims to inspire creativity in design and excellence in craftsmanship through work related study.

Foundation Art and Design End of Year Show 2015



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