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Foundation Degree Art

Whether you’re a painter, sculptor, video, sound or installation artist you’ll maximise your creative ability, and learn how to harness your skills in a professional environment.

Our foundation degree contextualises your practice within the reality of the contemporary art industry. As you progress through our programme, you’ll refine your skills in the studio, as well as developing your understanding of art and commerce, and how the two can combine to create a career path.

From the start, you’ll exhibit your work. You will have the opportunity to sell your work, visit exhibitions, collaborate with artists, develop media campaigns, work with the public, and critically understand the changing art landscape.

Leverage our fantastic industry links throughout the course to showcase your work in three public exhibitions each year within the Leeds art scene.


For all relevant policies and procedures and other relevant documents please see the University Centre Leeds website here.


This is a University Centre Leeds course, validated by Leeds City College

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Cost £7,950 (per academic year) Exam Fee
When 20/09/2021 Duration2 Years
LevelFoundation Degree AttendanceFull Time
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Modules may include:

Year 1

Art and Design 101
Professional Practice
Visual Communication

Year 2

Art and Commerce
Critical Practice
Extended Project

Creating practical work.
Developing your creative practice.
Art skills development.
Entrepreneurial skills.
Developing a professional network and industry links.
Marketing and promotion.
Critical thinking.
Creative and technical skills appropriate to your practice.
Mentoring by industry professionals.
The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects.
To gain experience working on live work-based projects.
Understanding the mechanics of an art world.

There is an emphasis towards practical workshop learning, which underpin both context and industry relevant topics.

The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts.

Group work will allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills.

The seminars will be a mixture of student and tutor led sessions considering practical examples of the principles and concepts.

Tutor and peer led reflective feedback form the basis of student learning programmes.

A typical offer would normally be made up of appropriate level 3 qualifications, such as full A levels or BTEC L3 Diploma. This could be translated as 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma, together with 5 of GCSE grades at C or above including English (Maths isn’t required). However, factors such as previous experience and performance at interview can support the application.

We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field of art practice. Candidates in this category and otherwise are will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification.

All students are to present a portfolio and supporting academic text. This is undertaken during an interview or correspondence for distance applicants.

Students on the course will be expected to experience work related learning as part of the programme of study. Notional hours of approximately 30 hours will be logged through a WRL blog.

Job opportunities may include:

Freelance artist
Art collective
Art academic
Art entrepreneur
Gallery owner

There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include:

  • Art materials
  • Printing
  • Framing and display of work
  • Optional trips and visits

These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of your projects.


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