Art and Design with Foundation Year

BA (Hons)

Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 4 years full-time
UCAS code: W102
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019


This course forms the first year of a four-year degree programme and will give you a progressive hands-on understanding of yourself as a learning practitioner.

We provide students with their own dedicated workspace within a designated art or design studio. Our staff are active professionals in their field and equip our students with the essential skills needed to gain a degree with the School of Creative Arts and Engineering. 

Students who successfully complete the foundation year progress onto one of the following BA (Hons) programmes: 3D Designer Maker, Animation, Cartoon and Comic Arts, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Product Design, Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making, Surface Pattern Design, Textile Surfaces or Transport Design.

Course content

Throughout the foundation year, you’ll share modules across the different art and design disciplines. The breadth and diversity of our projects will allow you to discover, explore and identify your particular direction within the art spectrum. In doing so, our teaching staff can then help you to identify the right pathway for you.

This is the pathway you will follow for the next three years, specialising in a particular discipline and developing your creative practice within it.

You’ll have access to a variety of workshop facilities, including wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, printing, digital imaging and the technology hub. You’ll also experience a wide range of learning styles, including lectures, individual tutorials, group tutorials, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning, practical work and independent study.

Your primary modes of study will be studio and workshop-based practice, with scheduled times for independent study. You’ll combine theory with practice to gain a solid understanding of the contexts and issues of art and design. This will provide you with the appropriate research and study skills to complete higher-level study with confidence.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Please note: These modules are for the foundation year of the course. Modules available for the remaining three years of your degree will depend on which pathway you choose. 

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Team Project Compulsory
Imaging/Production Skills for Art Compulsory
Theory and Practice in Art and Design Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Ideas Generation and Problem-Solving for Art Compulsory
Major Project Compulsory
Theory and Practice in Art and Design Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 100% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.