Art Foundation

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Reasons to study this course

  • It is an intensive one-year course seen as the first stage of a career in Art & Design.
  • Excellent preparation for Art & Design-related courses in Higher Education.
  • Worth two A-Levels and the equivalent of 112 (D) 96 (M) 80 (P) UCAS points.

What you will need to study this course

  • willingness to work hard
  • curious and open mind
  • excited to produce work that is personal and unique
  • passion and interest in the understanding of, and commitment to, the subject

What you will study

You will learn through experimental workshops covering a range of 2D and 3D media including drawing, conceptual thinking, painting, sculpture, textiles, fashion, photography, graphic design and architecture. The pathway/final major project stages of the course will allow further experimentation and development.

How you will be assessed

Four key assessment stages

Final Major Proposal, which is assessed internally and externally examined at Level 4 standard

Priestley Extra

Visits to contemporary art, design and craft galleries in cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and London will give you direct access to a wide range of historical and contemporary practices that can inform your own development. Practical field trip to Robin Hood’s Bay to build a portfolio.


An emphasis on independent learning and the development of your skills will prepare you for Higher Education. A self-directed project will be linked to a career choice and concentrate on preparing portfolios for interviews. Priestley students have gone on to study BA (Hons) and HNDs in Fine Art, Textiles, Fashion, Interior Design, Architecture, Animation, Stage Design, Product Design and Graphic Design. Former students have also secured apprenticeships in interior design and graphics, to name just a few.

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Work from all our Art & Design courses is posted in an online gallery. You can take a look at it here.

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