The Arts Foundation Year provides you with a year to immerse yourself in art and design, take the opportunity to explore different approaches, workshops and ideas in preparation for a future degree programme.

The Arts Foundation programme allows you to progress into a number of different pathways including:

  • Animation and Visual Effects,
  • Architecture,
  • Creative Advertising,
  • Design for Exhibition and Museums,
  • Fashion,
  • Fine Art,
  • Graphic Design,
  • Illustration,
  • Interactive Design,
  • Interior Architecture and Design,
  • Photography
  • Product Design.

Students from all disciplines work alongside each other projects specially designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop your practice, take risks with your work, identify your own ‘voice’, and encourage innovation – to do things you never thought you would!

1. What does our course offer?

This is year one of an integrated 4-year degree programme that has been designed to enable students who perhaps need more time to adjust to degree level study, are not sure which subject they want to pursue, achieved lower than expected grades, or are returning to education.

Students are engaged in the study of practical and theoretical subjects that are relevant to their creative disciplines. Our students build their confidence throughout the programme by engaging with experimental ways of working, design processes, practical workshops and critical thinking.

As you progress throughout the year you will begin to work more independently and become more knowledgeable about your specialist subject to enable a smooth transition onto your degree programme by engaging with experimental ways of working, design processes, practical workshops critical thinking and to enable you to manage your time.

2. The Arts Foundation Year involves

Our working day takes place in a lively and immersive studio atmosphere – where students make, draw, listen, think, talk, write and work together as a team. The programme is fast paced and requires you to work hard to gain the key attributes needed to become dynamic and successful young professionals within the creative industries.

You will also have the opportunity to go on visits to galleries and other cities during the programme, there are also overseas trips once you progress onto your degree courses.

3. The Art Foundation Year Programme

The year is divided into 3 stages: Introductory, Developmental and Confirmatory. The programme comprises of 3 x 30 studio based modules and 1 x 30 credit year-long contextual studies module that runs in parallel to the practical modules and provides contextual references to enhance and expand the topics covered in the studio. Assignments include individual and group presentations and essays.

The practical modules are assessed via course work through a portfolio submission that includes preparatory, experimental and development work.

4. The 3 Stages Explained

The introductory stage comprises of exercises and projects designed to develop general skills and knowledge relating to all disciplines such as colour, drawing, mark-making, composition, working with form, photography and moving image. The developmental stage consists of projects that develop your critical and conceptual thinking and encourage research, applying skills and knowledge learned in stage one and developing works that align with your specialist area. During the final stage you will write your own Final Major Project. This 6 week project allows you to investigate a topic in depth, build upon your strengths, demonstrate what you have learned and look towards your future degree.

5. Teaching

You will be taught by staff from different disciplines and have the opportunity to learn from professionals who work in different industries such as Graphic Design, Architecture and Photography.

In the second and third stage you will work closely with your specialist mentor to start to develop your work in relation to your chosen degree programme.

6. Workshop and Facilities

You will be introduced to the variety of specialist workshop facilities we have on site and be encouraged to explore a wide variety of processes, such as printmaking, stop animation, book making, ceramics, casting, Photoshop, machine workshop and more. Working with our expert technicians who will continue to support you as you progress throughout your degree at Lincoln. 

School of Design: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lsd/facilities/

7. Frequently Asked Questions

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