The UFP Architecture, Art & Design Foundation Course is a one year intensive, studio-based course, which will prepare you for a wide range of Architecture, Art & Design bachelor degrees.
Our students are from a range of cultural backgrounds, ages and levels of previous experience and our course is suitable for anyone with an interest in art, design and architecture including:
WHY DO I NEED TO DO A FOUNDATION COURSE?
WHAT MAKES OUR COURSE UNIQUE?
Small class sizes
Our class sizes are much smaller than other foundation courses. This ensures that you receive a high level of individual attention, enabling you to make faster progress than you would in a larger class. Our small class sizes promote friendship and mutual support amongst our students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time.
Our tutors respond to your individual needs, providing you with teaching appropriate to your level of experience and expertise.
Whilst many of our students have some art and design experience, we also have a long history of working with students who have little or no previous experience.
You will be supported throughout the entire university application process. We will give you individual advice and assistance in choosing courses and universities which are right for you. We will support you in writing a strong university application personal statement, building an impressive portfolio and helping you to prepare for university interviews.
Our College is situated in the heart of the City, close to world-famous buildings, such as the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London, and many major art galleries and museums. This exciting environment is a source of creative inspiration to our students and allows easy access to London’s famously vibrant culture.
Students are introduced to many of London’s important galleries, museums, buildings and special events through field trips and independent study visits.
TEACHING AND FACILITIES
The course is taught by practising artists and designers with a wide range of expertise.
Over the course of the year, students build a body of work in response to a series of carefully structured briefs, which encourage creative thinking, skilled making, and increasingly independent learning.
The College’s facilities include a large suite of Apple iMac computers, colour printers, professional photographic lighting and backdrops, and a dedicated art and design studio equipped with all necessary tools and materials to create a wide range of 2D and 3D work.
The course is divided into 3 stages offering a gradual transition from tutor-directed learning to student-initiated projects. This encourages students to develop the independence necessary for successful university study.
Stage One: Learning Skills & Context
During Stage One, students choose four curricular areas from the following and are introduced to the fundamental skills, processes and ideas underpinning these disciplines:
Stage One enables students to recognise where their strengths lie and to make an informed decision about their choice of university subject.
Stage Two: Specialist Pathway & Progression
Students follow their chosen specialist pathway. The projects completed in Stage Two form the core of each student’s portfolio.
Stage Three: Self-initiated Project
Students propose and undertake a single project reflecting their personal interests, skills, and chosen university subject. This project provides students with an opportunity to develop the level of independence required for successful university level studies.
Start in September or January
We have two start dates for our courses – September and January.
Depending on when prospective students finish their senior school studies, they have the option of beginning their course sooner or slightly later. Both complete in time for a September start at university the following year.
Holidays vary depending on when students start the course. Those starting the UFP in September will have a 3-week holiday over Christmas, and a 2-week holiday over Easter. Those starting the UFP in January will have a 2-week holiday over Easter.
Our course offers progression to almost all Architecture and Art & Design university degree courses including:
One of the unique aspects of the UFP Architecture, Art & Design Foundation Course is the very high level of individual support and advice that students receive. Securing a place on a UK architecture, art or design degree course is a two-part process:
Students applying to UK universities have to submit a personal statement explaining their work and demonstrating an understanding of their chosen subject. Through regular lectures and tutorials, students develop their understanding of their chosen subject so that they can write an informed and insightful personal statement.
Portfolio Building & University Interviews
All UK art, design and architecture courses require applicants to attend an interview and to submit a portfolio of their work. The UFP Architecture, Art & Design Foundation Course is designed to enable students to excel in this key part of the university application process. The projects completed throughout the course are devised to enable each student to produce a portfolio that shows all the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm universities are looking for.
During their foundation year, students gain experience in presenting their work to their peer group and tutors. This helps them develop their ability to communicate clearly and confidently. Before their first university interview, to ensure that they are well prepared, students are also given a one-to-one mock interview.
We have a proven track record of placing our students in top-ranking universities including:
AA: Architectural Association School of Architecture
University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London: Chelsea College of Arts
University of the Arts London: London College of Communication
University of the Arts London: Camberwell College of Arts
University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion
University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Arts
Goldsmiths, University of London
University of Westminster
Kingston University London
University of Sheffield
University of Nottingham
University of Manchester
University of Liverpool
“It is not easy for me to put in words to describe all these incredible experiences in attending this foundation programme. I was more than blessed to have the help from my warm-hearted peers and teachers guiding me through the journey. I learned how to properly deal with problems with a positive attitude in a critical way. All these experiences have not only enabled to meet my goal of achieving an offer from my dream university, but also truly opened my mind to the real essence of art.”
Sophi, Theatre Design Student (Wimbledon College of Arts: UAL)Student Life
“I really enjoyed attending UFP. The facilities are excellent and the lecturers helped me achieve my full potential. They provided a great amount of support for university applications, which was very much appreciated. I am glad to have met talented students there who created a supportive environment. Overall, my time there has helped me grow both academically and personally and I am pleased with the whole experience.”
Kevin, Architecture Student (Central Saint Martins: UAL)Student Life
“I am very grateful for the support that I got from both my tutors and classmates. UFP taught me how to move between alternative options and concentrate on my chosen topic without having fear. I received constant support from the tutors and having frequent tutorials helped me keep my motivation up.”
Beyazit, Illustration Student (Camberwell College of Arts: UAL)Student Life
“I enjoyed the very friendly and supportive environment and the way the teachers helped and guided us throughout the year.”
Ghazal, Interior Design Student (Chelsea College of Arts: UAL)Student Life
“I came here to live and study with people from different cultures, as well as to understand the future of modern art. Making my portfolio was a great experience. I realised that for artists it is very important not just to talk about your work but to know how to present it to other people. Without my tutors this would not have been possible.”
Stepan, Fine Art Student (Chelsea College of Arts: UAL)Student Life
“What I appreciated most about the UFP was the friendly and supportive atmosphere among staff and students, as well as the opportunity to create interesting projects from different creative perspectives.”
Ghita, Architecture Student (The Architectural Association School of Architecture: AA)Student Life
“The tutors at UFP provide you with the skills and techniques, and support in making a very comprehensive portfolio. They also give you mock interviews, which prepares you for entry to university. It has been a great choice.”
Sevdenur, Interior Design Student (Chelsea College of Arts: UAL)Student Life
“I really enjoyed the welcoming relaxed atmosphere at UFP. My tutors were extremely friendly and encouraging and they helped me every step of the way in creating my portfolio. I would definitely recommend the course to other students!”
Houda, Graphic Design Student (Chelsea College of Arts: UAL)Student Life
“My tutors consistently supported me and helped me refine the content of my portfolio. As a result, I have become much more confident about speaking about my work and my design ideas.”
Rona, Architecture Student (Central Saint Martins: UAL)Student Life
“I really enjoy the friendly environment here. The tutors are approachable and are very helpful whenever we get stuck at a certain point in our projects. We get a lot of support from our tutors, for projects and portfolio making. The course has definitely prepared me for the intensity of university.”
Jennie, Architecture Student (Sheffield University)Student Life