Art and Design (Foundation Entry)

Art and Design (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

This is the perfect course if you wish to take a degree in art and design but are not sure which path to follow or you know which path to follow but want to improve your opportunity of gaining a good degree and realising your full potential.

If you wish to take a degree in art and design but do not possess the qualifications or experience required for year 1 entry, this foundation entry year will help you achieve your goal.

This route provides guaranteed progression to a range of degree programmes with specialist provision covering 3D design, 2D design, fine art and commercial art. Once you are on the foundation entry route there is no need to make an additional application and there will be no interviews for entry to progress to year one of your chosen degree. 

Excellent, purpose-built studio and workshop facilities with dedicated full-time teaching staff and technicians.  There is a state of the art gallery space in the Hanover Building with a programme of contemporary art shows. All students have a base studio and facilities such as a wood metal and plaster workshops, professional garment manufacturing and digital design equipment on site.

Art and Design Saturday Club

After a successful and creative start to UCLan’s Art and Design Saturday Club (part of the National Saturday Club), we are now taking a break before we start again in September. Register your interest if you wish to take part in the next academic year.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • The course provides guaranteed progression to our range of Fine Art, Fashion and Design degree programmes without the need for further applications or interviews.
  • UCLan has a purpose-built facility with dedicated full-time teaching staff and technicians for foundation entry students.
  • You will have access to a state-of-the-art gallery space in the Hanover Building with a programme of contemporary art shows.

Course Overview

Semester 1

  • AZC014 – Diagnostic Studies
  • Explore your abilities and apply them to art and design practice
  • Explore the fundamentals of creative research, ideas development and manifestation and presentation.
  • Creative problem solving
  • The application of drawing.

Semester 1 and 2

  • AZC012 – Art & Design Studies
  • Introduce the degree and career opportunities available in art and design.
  • Introduce the facilities and support available to you whilst studying for your degree.
  • Explore the wider context of your specialism to help frame your career plans.
  • AZC009 – Specialism Skills
  • Advanced projects specific to your chosen specialism.
  • Increasingly Independent, student driven work culminating in an end of year exhibition.
  • AZ1010 – Drawing and Image Making
  • Practical drawing skills relevant to your chosen specialism.
  • Practical exploration of the language of visual communication 

Year 2-4 select from:

BA (Hons) Creative Advertising
BA (Hons) Fashion Design
BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion 
BA (Hons) Fine Art 
BA (Hons) Graphic Design 
BA (Hons) Illustration
BA (Hons) Interior Design
BA (Hons) Textile Design
BA (Hons) Photography

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year (the foundation year entry year) of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2, 3 and 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applicants are required to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be sent an email by our Admissions Office asking you to book onto a selection day event. Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Personal Statement Advice

It's never too early to start working on your personal statement. We've got some useful hints and tips to help you make a great first impression.

Advice & Guidance

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Further Information

Art, Design and Fashion Virtual Degree Show

Art, Design and Fashion Virtual Degree Show

Welcome to UCLan's first Art, Design and Fashion Virtual Degree Show, where we will be showcasing the talents of our final year students’ Degree Show projects. Please join us as we celebrate the work of the Class of 2020.

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Student success at the YCN Awards

News and Events

Student success at the YCN Awards

The School of Art, Design and Fashion at UCLan celebrated great student success for Creative Advertising and Graphic Design students who attended the You Can Now (YCN) New Now student awards.

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.