Frequently asked Questions

What makes a good Arts Foundation Student?

The Arts Foundation Year values and rewards students who are inquisitive, self-motivated, willing to experiment, take risks, explore, develop ideas and innovate. The projects emphasise the need to work through and test out multiple ideas, as opposed to focusing upon a final outcome.

Will I have the same access to University life as 3-year degree students?

Yes, you are classed as a degree student and have access to all the facilities and clubs on offer.

I am not confident about writing – what support is available?

Many art and design students struggle with articulating themselves through words, but writing is an important mode of expression that allows you to communicate your ideas to others and assists you in developing your critical thinking. The contextual studies module has been designed to support students who are unconfident in this area, additional academic support is also available for all students at the University.

I am not sure which degree course I want to apply to, what should I do?

You should familiarise yourself with the different courses and wherever possible attend an open day to identifythe programme that is the best fit. The different projects, workshops and staff that you are exposed to during the year will assist you in confirming your decision. The transfer process is explained below.

I don’t have any art or design qualifications – can I still apply?

Yes, the programme has been designed to support those with or without formal qualifications. However, you are expected to show an active interest in the subject, and demonstrate a willingness to experiment, explore and practice before you start the course. We can provide you with briefs and exercises to do prior to arrival.

How do I progress onto my degree course?

Students must pass all 4 x 30 credit modules at a minimum of 40%, and achieve 50% in your Final Major Project. Students who do not reach this threshold will be given the opportunity to retake (further details available on request).

Is there any specific advice can you give to prospective students in different disciplines?

You can visit the degree programmes websites – however all students are advised to hone their observational skills, use primary resources, draw from life, consider what and how you photograph things, visit galleries and start to broaden your knowledge of your specialist subjects collecting visual references and reading. All of this should be gathered in a physical sketchbook and/or captured digitally.

I want to work in architecture – what are the various routes available to me?

Those studying architecture will progress onto the BA(hons) Architecture programme – which has a common 1st year with the BArch (hons) Architecture programme. Students on the BA(hons) pathway will have the opportunity to transfer onto the 2nd year of the BArch pathway if they obtain an average mark of 55% or more at the end of their 1st year.

In order to register as an Architect in the UK, you need
to complete the ARB/RIBA Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 professional examinations. The BArch includes the Part 1 qualification, whereas the BA(Hons) does not. You can apply for Part 1 following the successful completion of a BA(hons) Architecture and details of this can be found at: registration-for-the-first-time/i-hold-overseas-non- recognised-uk-qualifications

Students who study the BArch and the BA (Hons) take different paths in their careers. Many students take a year out, as is standard practice in architectural education, and work in an Architects practice.

Those who have studied BArch often continue onto the Part 2 programme (Masters level)

However, others diversify and find an area of interest or a career that they wish to follow outside of pure Architecture. Examples include: city planning, exhibition design, landscape and horticulture and shop design and others follow a more technical career in Architectural Technology and Construction.

Whatever route a student takes the BArch and BA (Hons) both give an excellent degree in design that will prepare them for their future career. 

Further information about the different study options for Architecture can be found by visiting the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture and the built environment:

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