This Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma will enable you to explore and experiment across a wide range of creative disciplines.
You will have the opportunity to generate exciting work, using our excellent facilities which will build your personal independence in developing ideas. This will assist you in gaining new skills with different materials and techniques, while building a substantial portfolio of work.
The Foundation Diploma is designed as a one-year, full-time preparatory experience prior to undertaking studio-based undergraduate Higher Education programmes. In an inspiring and supportive environment, we will provide broad, balanced and structured teaching to help stimulate your interest in art and design. This will enable you to make informed career choices and become fully aware of your creative strengths and passions.
One of the best universities in the country for art and design, Coventry University has a reputation as a leading centre for product design, having been awarded both the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2019 and the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education 2011.
Please note: If you are 18 years of age at the date of enrolment for this course, payment of tuition fees will not be required. For the 2021/2022 intake, this course is currently funded by the Skills Funding Agency or Education Funding Agency. Applicants should check the website for the latest information regarding fees prior to application or acceptance of offers. Should these terms change, we would inform all applicants and students as soon as possible.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2021, in light of COVID-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
EmployabilityCareer-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Teaching ExcellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Course essentialsA degree which offers you more, at no extra cost
What our graduates say
The Foundation course at Coventry University has been the most enriching and surprising year of my life; coming out of school I was flung into a completely new, exciting and challenging way of learning - not only about the subject I was about to study - but in growing and thinking in new ways. Without a doubt, I have come out the end as a more confident and prepared person; ready to tackle my course next year, thanks to this course and its inspiring leaders.
The Foundation Diploma is specifically designed to foster a creative, critical and experiential approach to art and design practice. You will be encouraged to experiment with different artistic methods, test your ideas and reflect on your work through rational artistic approaches. In 2018/19 97% of our students progressed onto study within our own undergraduate programmes or courses at other institutions.
The Foundation Diploma is designed as a one-year full-time preparatory experience prior to undertaking studio-based undergraduate study.
It is split in to 3 stages;
The Exploratory Stage will allow you to spend time exploring different disciplines through a series of week-long projects. By being introduced to materials and new methods of working; we encourage you to explore research methods and develop critical skills encouraging evaluation and reflection. You will be asked to explore drawing and mark making as a means to record, generate ideas and express yourself whether through fine art, illustration or design. You will be encouraged to explore all the different workshop opportunities available to you at the university, from digital software to print, ceramics and sculpture, aiming to widen your skills set, no matter what specialism you opt to follow. Successful completion of this stage will set you up for the pathway stage.
The Pathway stage is where you are encouraged to explore your potential future directions and make a choice in regard to specialism. You will work more independently on longer specialist projects and build a portfolio ready for progression to BA. During this stage you have a choice of 3 project themes to follow and you can use any of the skills explored from the pathway stage to respond. You will have the opportunity to work in a vibrant studio environment alongside students following different specialist areas, for example from fashion or automotive design to experimental film or painting, contemporary craft to animation or illustration. We want you to be unique and build a portfolio that shows you have a breadth of 2D and 3D skills no matter what your specialist area of practice. To complement your practical projects, you will also attend a series of weekly lectures to help you contextualise your practice. During this stage you should be supported with all aspects of your UCAS application.
The Confirmatory stage sees you working on an independent, self-initiated, final major project. The completed work is exhibited at the end of the year. . At this stage, you should be working as a professional artist or designer, managing your own workload, time and outcomes. You will have opportunities to discuss your work weekly with peers and tutors so that you can continue to develop and produce the best possible work.
There is one module ‘Art, Design & Media Practice which runs through the whole year.
Researching, Recording and Responding in Art and Design
Media Experimentation in Art and Design
Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
Information and Interpretation in Art and Design
Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design
Extended Media Development in Art and Design
Final Major Project in Art and Design
We have been ranked joint first amongst Modern Universities in England for career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2021
In more detail...
Coventry has taught art and design for over 175 years and has a successful track record of producing graduates who have made a significant contribution to the world of art. Our former students include a Turner Prize nominee and National Gallery artist in residence.
External examiners have praised our “inspiring and motivating studio teaching” and “strong tutorial support”. You will have the opportunity to be taught in a professional studio environment alongside undergraduate students, postgraduate students and staff, many of whom are currently practising artists and designers, who have exhibited nationally and Internationally.
You will have the opportunity to access to an extensive range of specialist facilities, including, 3D rapid prototyping, clay modelling, film, photography, video, a large digital print bureau, ceramics, a printmaking workroom, screen printing and letterpress studios, all with excellent technical support.
This broad-based course primarily aims to help you identify and improve upon your existing strengths and aptitudes within art and design to guide you towards making an informed and appropriate choice about your future study. Typically, successful students have gone on to study a variety of creative led degree-level courses, including: Automotive Design and Transport Design; Architecture; Fashion; Fine Art; Fine Art and Illustration; Illustration and Animation; Illustration and Graphics; Graphic Design; Photography; Interior Design; Product Design; or Media.
One of the highlights of the course for many of our students is the opportunity to take part in an end-of-year show, as part of the Faculty’s prestigious annual Degree festival, which celebrates and showcases our students' work and is open to members of the public.
- The School of Art and Design is an ‘Adobe Partner by Design’, as well as being an Adobe Outstanding Centre of Excellence (should this partnership no longer continue, we will contact all applicants and students as soon as possible)
- In 2018/19 97% students progressed on to undergraduate programmes both at Coventry University and beyond.
- Our undergraduate programmes in the broad subject of ‘Design Studies’ enjoy some of the high levels of student satisfaction – 90% for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
- Award winning students including an In and Design Sustainability Award for a chair made from light bulbs, and a nationwide business card competition hosted by 123Print.
- Strong track record of student success with former foundation students going on to win wide ranging competitions and commissions.
- Opportunity to take part in overseas study visits. In the past, students have visited major art and design centres in Europe, recently visiting traditional and contemporary art exhibitions from Birmingham to Amsterdam (subject to availability, application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs may apply).
- Access to dedicated design studios, the best software packages for page layout, image manipulation and multimedia design, such as the full Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premier, Dreamweaver and Animate, on both Macs and PCs.
- Extensive print facilities include a printmaking workroom, screen printing studio and a digital print bureau. You will have the chance to receive an induction into printmaking processes, including drypoint, etching and silkscreen, using the full range of facilities to produce anything from postage stamps to large poster designs.
On the Foundation diploma you will have the opportunity to explore broad themes and ideas, which should encourage you to think more widely and discover personal directions. You will be encouraged to spend time exploring materials, developing understanding of specialist practice and towards the end of the course, you will be asked to write your own self-initiated project. You are free to make work that explores the use of colour, surface, mark making, process, space and site, time-based media including video and sound, performance, structure and design. We aim to focus on ideas and how to push them beyond the obvious, allowing you the opportunity to learn through discovery, becoming more independent and curious about the world around you.
The course team aims to work collaboratively across the School’s extensive art and design resources to create a dynamic, fast-paced, creative learning environment designed with the aim to help you to develop your intellectual curiosity and expand your creative ability.
Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice, but you will also be asked to attend lectures, seminars and workshops. In exploring a wide range of disciplines, media and techniques, you will be encouraged to develop a personal visual language and a strong sense of your own creative practice and identity.
Individual diagnostic projects and tutorials should help you to distil and identify your main areas of interest. Recent project briefs have included short animations, book illustrations and sound installations.
In recognition of the fact that drawing is such a crucial transferrable skill within all art and design practice, we endeavour to organise a special drawing week covering key techniques which should develop your idea generation (subject to availability). We encourage you to use the drawing week as a springboard for the development of the way you think visually and the way that you practice drawing.
Students also have access to inductions, technical Workshops and Open Access sessions supported by technical staff that offer students the opportunity to develop their skills with appropriate processes and facilities.
You will have the opportunity to engage with staff from our Undergraduate courses including lectures from designers, artists and practitioners who will talk to you about their work and how it can inform your studies. You will also benefit from the support of our fantastic technical team when using the workshops. We offer the opportunity to be part of guided visits to national and regional galleries, as well as a European field trip. As a university student, you will benefit from the opportunity to apply for financial support for overseas visits from our Centre for Global Engagement.
Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which should be clearly set out on all project briefs. Coursework is assessed using a variety of methods including: presentations, portfolio reviews, essays, reports, reflective logs, e-journals, blogs, displays and exhibitions.
An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:
- Project work: 80%
- Essays/reports: 20%
To achieve the Foundation Diploma a student must achieve a pass for all 120 credits taken. Units 1-7 are achieved at pass grade only. Unit 10 is graded Pass/Merit/Distinction. The grade for Unit 10 constitutes the final qualification grade.
When you’ve completed your foundation diploma, you will have a broad portfolio demonstrating a range of skills. You will carefully explored your progression options, which will help you to make an informed decision about undergraduate study. You should be more confident and able to work independently in a professional manner in your chosen pathway.
Last year, 97% of our students progressed on to higher level study both at Coventry University and beyond.
In a typical teaching week, you will have approximately 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down into small tutorials and seminars, workshops and technical demonstrations and large seminars
In addition, you will have around 8 hours of self-directed studio practice each week and be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed studying each week. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
We attract staff and students from all over the world, which provides a multicultural environment in which you can experience different cultures, approaches, perspectives and opinions. You will have the opportunity to take part in overseas study visits. In the past, students have visited major art and design centres in Europe and North America.
International experiences are subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs.
Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?
In 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.
Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.Explore our international experiences
Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)
The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19
The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016
As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses
What our students say...
The thing I enjoy most about my course is being around other people that share the same interests allows you the freedom of expression in your work. The use of exploration definitely is beneficial to knowing where strengths are but also discovering practices that might inspire your career. By having a tutor specific to my chosen pathway it allows me to gain critical feedback that comes from experienced viewpoints which is extremely helpful.
If you haven't met the entry requirements, you may still be able to progress onto a degree by studying a foundation course.
What our students say...
The best thing about being a student at Coventry is the range of facilities and the skill set of the tutors and technical staff. Voulunteering at Coventry Biennal Coventry Biennial helped me appreciate the range of art being produced locally and the variety of curation techniques.
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.
For more information, please visit our Finance pages.
Skills Funding Agency or Education Funding Agency
Course essentials at no extra cost
We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.
This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:
UK field tripsAny mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.
Key materialThis can include core textbooks, software and equipment.
Laser prints1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.
Optional yearPay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
What our students say...
Since coming to Coventry, I have learnt more skills and learned how to use complicated equipment like the vacuum former, clay studio and woodwork. The hands-on approach to learning has broadened my horizon and taken me out of my comfort zone.
Students who meet our benchmark requirements should be able to progress on to studio-based courses in the School of Art and Design and the School of Media and Performing Arts, as well as institutions throughout the UK and internationally.
Typically, our students have progressed to degree level courses in the following subjects: Fashion; Fine Art; Fine Art and Illustration; Illustration and Animation; Interior Design; Product Design; Automotive Design; Photography; Games Art; Graphics and Architecture. Many of these courses offer the opportunity to complete placement years in industry, providing valuable real-life experience.
Our Employability team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. It provides specialist careers information, advice and guidance to all our students from their first year through to final year and beyond graduation, helping them achieve their desired career outcome. Our dedicated enterprise officers can also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.
What our students say...
The best thing about being a student at Coventry is the range of facilities and the skill set of the tutors and technical staff. I like that the course gives me opportunity to challenge myself and broaden my skills. I was a qualified nurse for 30 years. I had always practised art as a hobby and had wanted to complete a formal qualification and push myself to improve.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.
The university will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The university will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. Coventry University will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time. For international students, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.