Foundation Art

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The BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies is a full-time one year Art & Design based course that acts as a stepping stone between A Levels or equivalent and creative degree courses. We have been running the Foundation Studies qualification since 1999 with great success and have developed a bespoke programme of creative learning that transform  A Level students into independent, degree-ready creative practitioners.

The Foundation Studies course is the preferred qualification for creative University and Art college degree courses as the full time course builds on and enhances the student’s ways of visually communicating to the wider world and broadens their own understanding of their personal creative journey.

The course consists of a series of units that focus on different aspects of the creative process that have to be passed, and then culminates in a 10 week final major project that the students devise along their chosen creative pathway. This is graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. At Ferndown we pride ourselves that our students consistently achieve above the national average at distinction level and many are accepted onto their first choice degree places.

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The Foundation Studies course is free for those aged 18 at the start of the course in September and all students receive a free art kit and sketchbook on joining as well as a dedicated studio space and open access to a range of facilities across the Creative Arts Faculty. We also run a subsidised residential visit each year, with London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome being recent destinations. At Ferndown, we are fortunate to benefit from the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, which gives students the opportunity to apply for material bursaries and travel scholarships, which have allowed Foundation students purchase specific equipment and to travel to India and Japan in recent years, to directly inform their Final Project.

At Ferndown, we pride ourselves on the hands on personal support and expertise that we can offer students in developing their creative potential, enabling them to construct impressive and varied portfolios for interview and accessing the right progression route into Higher Education. Whether you’re interested in Fine Art, Fashion Design, Photography, Illustration or animation or a host of other possible degree courses, Ferndown can provide a fantastic springboard towards a creative career.