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Start date: 18/09/2019 - SGS Stroud
End date: 30/06/2021
Duration: 2 years - Full Time
Course length: 2 years - Full Time
Qualifications: Foundation Degree
Code: Institution code: S55 - Course code: 82C1
Cost: £7500 per year

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Foundation Degree in Fine Art - Stroud School of Art

Higher Education

This intensive, hands-on course allows you to develop your own conceptual and creative identity and will prepare you for a career in fine art or entry to university.

At Stroud:

Stroud School of Art has excellent facilities, in particular Ceramics, Printmaking and Photography. There is a tradition of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture at the School. The area is famous for its historic Textile industry. Stroud and the surrounds have several arts festivals and a thriving arts and café culture. There is a keen interest in environmental issues in the local community.

A comprehensive art library, built up over many years in the School of Art, supports research and the lecture/ seminar series.

The School has developed professional relationships with other organisations. Local Museum in the Park, for example, hosts various college exhibitions and the Art School reciprocates with an annual professional fundraising event for the museum's Walled Garden Project, which students can take part in. The current academic team has a particular interest in Artist's Books. The college Glass Box Gallery provides a first step to exhibiting off-site.

What makes this course special is a dedicated team of experienced tutors and technicians who place a strong emphasis on student-centred learning, and a questioning, critical and outward facing approach to what making art might be the 21st century.

What will I study?

The Foundation Degree in Fine Art programme is an exciting, intensive Fine Art course which enables students to specialise in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Contextual Studies, Photography and Video.

What do I need to join?

Students will have normally completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (level 3), a BTEC Extended Diploma in General Art and Design (Merit) or Access to HE in Art and Design. We are willing to consider those who possess a high level of experience in art and design but may not have formal qualifications.

How long is the course?

2 Years, full time; Wed, Thu, Fri 09.30 to 15.30 and self-directed study.

How will I learn?

Through strong tutorial-based teaching by highly experienced artist practitioners, seminars, lectures, workshops, critiques and gallery visits. The emphasis is on professional practice and you will build an individual portfolio of work. The course consists of a structured framework covered in core and optional units, which focus on the areas of disciplines in the field of Fine Art. After a broad introduction to Fine Art disciplines, where students can build further on their own creative tool kit, students will develop an individual and unique approach to both set and self-initiated projects.

How will I know how I am doing?

Tutorials, structured feedback and critical appraisal. You will be graded for the units covered for each project which provides you with a continuing log of progress.

Are there any extra costs?

Materials fees and trips.

What can I do next?

The Foundation Degree in Fine Art aims to prepare students for a career in Fine Art, but students will also have the option to continue onto the 3rd year of a degree course to complete the full BA. After this students can progress onto postgraduate opportunies.

What are my career opportunities?

A full and varied range of careers in Fine Art.

Entry Requirements

Points accepted: 64 points required from qualifications with the volume and depth of A level or equivalent.

Contact and Admissions

For further course information, please contact Carmel Oliver by emailing:
For admissions and finance advice/guidance, please email:


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Dates & Costs

Foundation Degree in Fine Art - Stroud School of Art

Start date: 18/09/2019
End date: 30/06/2021
Duration: 2 years - Full Time
Course length: 2 years - Full Time
Time(s): 9.00am - 3.30pm plus directed study
Qualifications: Foundation Degree
Code: Institution code: S55 - Course code: 82C1

Cost: £7500 per year

Start End Time Campus
18/09/2019 30/06/2021 9.00am - 3.30pm plus directed study SGS Stroud