Foundation Degree Fine Art

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    The aim of the Foundation Degree Fine Art programme is to provide a creative and stimulating education through contemporary fine art practice. The practical nature of this education enables you to establish an artistic identity underpinned by contextual awareness to situate your artistic practice within the wider creative arts industries. We aim to equip you with a range of practical making skills along with the ability to analyse, and critically reflect upon, your visual outcomes.

    You will also develop your academic writing skills in contextual essay based assignments exploring visual culture themes. Equipped with professional skills along with many transferable skills, the graduating art student takes with them the ability to adapt creatively, think laterally, and to problem solve. In essence, this empowers you to contribute to the changes and complexities of creative and contemporary life. In addition to our End of the Year Degree Show, students fundraise to showcase their work to industry at events such as Free Range or City galleries.


    The modules studied may include:
    • Idea and Materiality
    • Studio Practice
    • Making Meanings
    • Creativity and Collaboration
    • Portfolio/Professional Practice

    Find an example of the course handbook here.

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    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    Assessment is by 100% coursework, and we undertake continuous modular assessment. Studio and site-specific projects are a major part of the course, complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are also assessed by means of a live project or work placement, as well as on curating an exhibition.

    This course is delivered on-site each week across the academic year.

  • Progression Opportunities

    This course is a good basis from which to continue your studies with the BA (Hons) Fine Art top-up year or progress your own professional creative practice.

  • Career Progression

    Employment opportunities for Fine Art graduates are many and varied, including creative arts practice, arts administration, teaching, curating, and arts therapy.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants require 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level)or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma - MPP/Diploma - MM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

    Once you have applied you will be invited to interview and asked to bring a portfolio. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study, and demonstrate a variety of skills including research, development, progressing through to final outcomes. These must include examples of drawing, sketchbooks, idea development, digital skills and finished pieces

    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience.

    Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.

  • Costs

    £7800