Undergraduate Art and Design Foundation Year Degrees

Prepare to succeed on an Art or Design degree with our foundation year first.

You'll study on our Foundation Year in Art or Design full time, giving you a vital stepping stone on to a full degree. We've created these courses for everyone, so whether you're a school/college leaver, or a mature student, it doesn't matter.

You'll learn in a supportive and professional workshop and studio environment. With plenty of hands-on project work, you'll explore your abilities before choosing what you'd like to do next.

Most important of all, you'll learn from experienced lecturers. Their expertise and industry knowledge will help to improve your creativity and artistic technique.

We're proud of both courses and we know they'll equip you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to complete an Art or Design degrees with us.


What our staff and students say

The Foundation Year allowed me to test out new ideas and to really find out what I was interested in. When I started my BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, I felt like I had a clear idea of how to work independently and what was expected of me.

Sikander Pervez - Art Foundation Year

The course offered challenging and often diverse projects, live 'world of work' briefs and opportunities to develop my individual voice through making work that mattered to me.

Precious Innes - Art Foundation Year

Students will discover what it means to be a contemporary artist in society. It's based on issues of enquiry and curiosity. It's about creating new knowledge. It's about feeling that you can contribute to our culture.

Ian Brown - Professor of Fine Art


We've invested in impressive equipment to help develop your skills and to enable you to progress.

Our workshop facilities include 3D (wood, metal and plastics), digital imaging, surface decoration, ceramics and our Technology Hub is home to our high-tech laser cutter. Come and see for yourself, we have some of the best Art and Design studios in the country. Study with us and you'll have your own personal workspace for the duration of the course.


Study with us and you'll have your own personal workspace for the duration of the course.

Hands On

Our workshop facilities include 3D (wood, metal and plastics), digital imaging, surface decoration, and ceramics.

Studio Environment

You'll learn in a relaxed, supportive and professional workshop and studio environment, with plenty of practical, hands-on project work.

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The Staffordshire Art and Design shop sell a variety of art, media and design supplies at discount prices.

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Our graduates have secured careers as graphic designers, artists and Illustrators.

We believe completing live projects is one of the best ways to hone your creative talents. It's also a taste of the professional experience you'll need when you graduate. That's why you'll work on real challenges from local museums and galleries. If you succeed, it could also result in opportunities to display your work.

During the year you'll be able to attend guest lectures along with our BA (Hons) students. With visiting national and international artists, you'll share in a wealth of creative knowledge.

Study with us and you'll learn from Art and Design experts who know all about making a living from their skills. Your lecturers work on a range of external and commercial projects and can be counted on for their first-class support and advice.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Fine artist
  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Commercial art gallery manager
  • Museum exhibitions officer
  • Multimedia programmer

Guaranteed Work Experience

Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience.

Our courses offer challenging and often diverse projects. You'll experience live briefs and offsite activities and trips to exhibitions. All to broaden your opportunities and prepare you to progress.

You'll work alongside your fellow contemporaries as part of Team Project. Whereby our Foundation Year students collaborate and exhibit a larger than life, joint project. These projects are large in scale. Previous work created includes a 40-metre-long wall drawings, three-metre-high cardboard structures and a paper landscape of London.