Architecture, Art & Design

Course Overview

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:

  • Students wanting to prepare for university-level education
  • International students seeking to adapt to a British learning style
  • Students who have decided to make a career or subject change


  • The UFP Architecture, Art & Design Foundation Course enables you to build a strong portfolio. This is essential for your application to architecture, art and design degree courses at UK universities.
  • Our course is structured to give you experience in a wide range of art and design disciplines. This helps you identify where your skills and interests lie so that you can make a well-informed decision about which subject to study at university.
  • The course enables you to acquire the skills, understanding, independence and confidence necessary to make a smooth and successful transition to undergraduate studies.
  • Art and design education in the UK is unique and internationally respected because of its focus on creativity, experimentation and originality. Our course will support you in developing these qualities in your own work.


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.

Individualised teaching
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.

One-to-one support
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.

Inspiring location
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.

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.

Course Modules

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:

  • Spatial Design (including architecture, interior design and product design)
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography

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.

Course Term Dates

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.

Course Destinations

Our course offers progression to almost all Architecture and Art & Design university degree courses including:

  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • Film and Theatre Set Design
  • Filmmaking
  • Fashion Styling
  • Games Design
  • Landscape Architecture

University Destinations

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:

Application Support
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

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Help and Support

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