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Art Foundation

Art Foundation Application Form

What is the Art Foundation Course?

This is a one-year, full-time course. The nature of the course is to explore, experiment and to develop a greater understanding of art & designArt3 issues and practices, which prepares students for degree level courses.

Course Skills

The following art & design areas that are offered throughout each stage are:

  • Fine art – painting, sculpture, installation
  • Textiles
  • Graphics/Illustration
  • Lens Based Media – photography (including digital), dark room usage, video, animation.
  • Printmaking
  • 3D Design
  • Contemporary Art Practice

The main part of the course is complemented with Core Studies: contextual studies, life drawing and pastoral sessions each week, in which guidance and support is offered for UCAS writing and careers advice through group and individual tutorials.

How we teachArt 3

Art4The Art Foundation Course has excellent staff/student ratios, with high quality teaching. There is a minimum of 18 hours contact time per week. Our tutors are easily accessible, and provide UCAS and Pastoral guidance to our students.

Students will have access to their studio space, and can timetable sessions in specialist area.

The course is taught in our fantastic new building, with specialist studios.

Student Progression

Every year our students get many offers from Universities, giving them exciting choices for the next step of their artistic development. The following is a sample of courses and University/Schools of Art destinations that our students have progressed to over the last few years, all over the UK.


3D Design, Costume Design and Special Effects, Fashion, Fashion and Editorial Photography, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation, Interactive Arts, Interior Design, Product Design, Textiles Design, Theatre Production Design, Visual Arts

Universities/Schools of Art

Central St. Martins, Birmingham, Bristol UWE, Derby, Falmouth College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Liverpool JM , London School of Fashion, Manchester School of Art, Newcastle, Nottingham Trent, Salford, Wimbledon.

Course Structure

Course Content

September –November – The EXPLORATORY STAGE. You will explore a very wide range of practices, working to briefs and themes, in all art & design areas.

November – March – The PATHWAY STAGE. You will begin to now narrow down and begin to specialise on preferred areas of study.

April – June – The CONFIRMATORY STAGE. In this final stage students work in their chosen specialist area and are externally graded.

The application form below is to be completed by students who are not already at Xaverian College.

Download PDF Application Form – Art Foundation

If you are a current Xaverian student, please go to Student Services and they will give you a different application form.

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