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Art and Design Foundation Year

Foundation Year

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Art and Design

UCAS Code: Animation with Foundation Year – W617, Costume Design with Foundation Year – W451, Digital Media with Foundation Year – A8J8, Fashion Design with Foundation Year –W228, Fashion Image Making and Styling with Foundation Year – W229, Film and TV Set Design with Foundation Year – W4C8, Fine Art with Foundation Year - W103, Games Design and Production with Foundation Year - G472, Graphic Design with Foundation Year – W214, Interior Design with Foundation Year – 8G23, Photography with Foundation Year – W643.

Start Date(s): September


Year one of a four-year degree


UK - £8,250 for Foundation Year, then standard UG fee per year.

In Brief:

  • This course will equip you with the knowledge as well as the creative and technical skills needed to succeed on an art and design-related degree programme.
  • Ideal if you're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction.
  • You'll have the opportunity to work and study within New Adelphi and benefit from cutting-edge technical equipment and studio spaces

Course Summary

The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in art and design to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programmes (see Course Details). The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with fundamental subjects in art and design.

This course will provide you with a strong foundation in art and design, allowing you to progress onto one of our BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) degree courses in a cognate discipline.

It is ideal if you want to develop your career along an arts and design pathway but have a non-arts and design background, or you don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree.

This course is also attractive if you are returning to education or if you wish to change career direction.

Course Details

During the Art and Design Foundation Year, you will study modules which will help you to increase your knowledge and understanding of basic art and design and other aspects of creative thinking. Other modules will help to develop your study skills such as note taking and structuring essays and reports. In the second semester, you will further develop your creative practice and be introduced to the creative industries.

This programme prepares students to study on the following three-year University undergraduate programmes, meaning the duration of your degree is four years in total. See full course details of these degrees, including modules studied, using the links below.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, students will be able to progress to:

Year 1      

Modules include:      

Semester 1      

  • Digital Media Applications          
  • Creative Methods          
  • Creative Risk-Taking          

Semester 2      

  • Creative Practice Major Project          
  • Introduction to the Creative Industries

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 64 UCAS tariff points from A-levels (or equivalent) to include an Art and Design qualification.
Access to HE Pass

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

EEA applicants based in the UK may be able to take an English language test at the University. 

Please contact for more details.

All suitable applicants will be required to provide a portfolio at an interview.

English Language Requirements

This course is not suitable for international applicants.

Applicant profile

This course is ideal if you want to change to an arts and design area but have a non-arts background, or if you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree. The course is also attractive if you are a mature person returning to education or if you wish to change career direction.

General Entry Academic Requirements

The General Entry Academic Requirements are as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy detail for Foundation Certificate/level 3 of CertHE/DipHE/Bachelor’s Degree/Integrated Master’s programmes.

Applicants normally must have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English. However Applicants who do not have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English will be considered on a case by case basis.  Applicants who do not have the qualification are required to state in their application how they intend to obtain the required GCSEs by the end of their Foundation Year

Programme Specific Academic Requirements

Applicants must have the required number of UCAS points (to be advised by the School).

All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of work and attend an interview as part of the application process.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £8,250 for Foundation Year, then standard UG fee per year.

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,165

Please view the relevant degree programme under the 'Course Details' tab to view the fees for the remainder years of your course.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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