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Art

Foundation Degree

Study Art at University Centre Leeds

Whether you’re a painter, sculptor, video, sound or installation artist you’ll maximise your creative ability and learn how to harness your skills in a professional environment with our Art Foundation Degree.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Venue: Quarry Hill and Mabgate campuses
  • Fee: £8,745 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
     
    International Fee: £14,000 full-time (per academic year)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): 8N64
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: Luminate Education Group

Entry Requirements: 48 UCAS Tariff Points

TYPICAL OFFER

UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), one of which must be in a relevant subject.

A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects.

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a
portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Interviews / Audition: A successful interview and portfolio review will be required.

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Art

About the course

Our foundation degree contextualises your practice within the reality of the contemporary art industry. As you progress through our programme, you’ll refine your skills in the studio, as well as developing your understanding of art and commerce and how the two can combine to create a career path.

From the start, you’ll exhibit your work. You will have the opportunity to sell your work, visit exhibitions, collaborate with artists, develop media campaigns, work with the public and critically understand the changing art landscape. You will refine your professional practice and tell stories using your artworks as a medium of visual communication.

Leverage our fantastic industry links throughout the course to showcase your work in three public exhibitions each year within the Leeds art scene. You can also access your own studio space at Quarry Hill Campus in the heart of the Cultural Quarter in Leeds.

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BA (Hons) Art Top-Up Degree

 

This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

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BLANK_ working Art Gallery

Set in the HE Creative Arts block at Quarry Hill Campus, is a working Art Gallery. BLANK_ is a project space with an accompanying publication that showcases new contemporary creative practice in Leeds. There are plenty of opportunities for students to be involved, including assisting artists and technicians with installation, open events and invigilation. 

Find out more about BLANK_ here https://www.blank.org.uk/

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We are proud to work in partnership with

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How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

you can make an application directly to us for this course.

Creating an applicant account

To make your application, use the below link and register for an application account via the Create a New User facility. You will then be sent an email to the email address you provided when registering for an account, on which you will need to click the link to verify your email address.

Once you have created an account, you will then be able to start and save your application, should you not be able to complete it all in one go. Please note that your username is the email address you provided when registering for an account.

To access your account again should you need to complete and submit your application form, simply use the second link provided in your verification email.

To register for an application account please use the following link and use the Create a New User facility:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email admissions@ucleeds.ac.uk

Course Information

Modules may include:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Drawing Techniques (20 credits)
  • 3D Techniques (20 credits)
  • Digital Techniques (20 credits)
  • Commercial Practice (20 credits)
  • Creative Professional (20 credits)
  • Art in Context (20 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Critical Practice (20 credits)
  • Collaboration (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Art (20 credits)
  • Extended Project (40 credits)
  • Art Event (20 credits)

  • Creating practical work
  • Developing your creative practice
  • Art skills development
  • Entrepreneurial skills.
  • Developing a professional  network and industry links.
  • Marketing and promotion.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Creative and technical skills appropriate to your practice.
  • Mentoring by industry professionals.
  • The opportunity to work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects.
  • To gain experience working on live work-based projects.
  • Understanding the mechanics of an art world.

There is an emphasis towards practical workshop learning, which underpin both context and industry relevant topics.

The lecture programme will impart the necessary principles and concepts.

Group work will allow students to develop their research, communication and teamwork skills.

The seminars will be a mixture of student and tutor led sessions considering practical examples of the principles and concepts.

Tutor and peer led reflective feedback form the basis of student learning programmes.

TYPICAL OFFER

UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), one of which must be in a relevant subject.

A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects.

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a
portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Interviews / Audition: A successful interview and portfolio review will be required.

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BA (Hons) Art Top-Up Degree.

Job opportunities may include:

  • Freelance artist
  • Art collective
  • Art academic
  • Art entrepreneur
  • Gallery owner

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the University Centre Leeds Regulations please click here.

There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include:

  • Art materials
  • Printing
  • Framing and display of work
  • Optional trips and visits

These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of your projects.


Information for International Students

To apply to study at University Centre Leeds as an international applicant please complete this online application form. You can also apply through UCAS.

For more information please visit our how to apply page.

Course fees for Undergraduates are £14,000 (GBP)

Scholarship available £3,000 (GBP) all courses.

For more information about fees and scholarships, please click here.

Please see our entry requirements page for additional requirements as an international student

For more information about visa and immigration, please click here.

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