The London Art Portfolio Foundation Course in Art and Design, is a diagnostic method of study delivered over an intense, focused 24-week programme. On our Foundation Course you are given the opportunity to explore various art and design disciplines, experiment with a range of materials, methods and approaches, and build a successful portfolio of work for UK, EU and international degree applications. We have the knowledge and experience of global art education systems, their expectations and requirements. We can place you into top UK and international universities.
How much is this course? £9,000 (price incl. 20% VAT)
Foundation Course Dates: 9th September 2019 – 9th April 2020
What makes our Foundation Course distinctive?
London Art Portfolio offers a high-end quality service, which delivers great value and success through a well-designed learning programme based on 30 years of experience in art and design lecturing and curriculum design.
We deliver a diagnostic Foundation Course that offers specialist pathways in the following fields of art and design: Fine Art, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Graphic Communication Design, 3D Spatial Design, Architecture Design.
The London Art Portfolio Foundation Course offers you the flexibility to extend your diagnostic pathway experience up until Christmas. In this way, you can be sure of which art and design area you wish to apply for.
In addition, if you are confident and ready, you can begin your specialist portfolio project immediately after your Autumn Reading Break. This gives you a clear advantage when applying for University and speeds up the process of your portfolio development and opportunities.
The London Art Portfolio tutor team are all practising artists and designers, who run their own design studios and fashion collections. Many have won International awards. All are experienced lecturers in art and design and portfolio tutor with in-depth experience.
We offer an intimate environment-perfect for ambitious students aiming for the best. The course is ideal for post A’ Level and IB students, Gap Year students and Career Change applicants who are ready to study on a Foundation Course in Art and Design.
The atmosphere at LAP, is congenial for beginners and others, wanting to get back to art again for personal and professional development.
- Small group sizes – perfect for focused learning
- Drawing and Painting
- Research Skills
- Sketchbook Development
- Range of Mediums, Processes and Techniques
- Fine Art Concepts and Idea Development
- 2D and 3D Design Development and Realisation
- Model Making and Paper Folding Techniques
- CAD (Adobe Photoshop and 3D Modelling Software)
- Contemporary Art Practice and Theory
- History of Art and Visual Culture
Portfolio Preparation for Degree Level
- Experienced specialist portfolio tutors and career mentor and advisors
- High quality and successful portfolio preparation for all specialist fields and levels
- Experienced advice and support for your whole UCAS Application Process
- Physical Portfolio Preparation
- Guidelines for Digital Portfolio Preparation (a necessary part of your application process)
- Interview techniques and preparation
- Possibilities to book for additional 1-1 Portfolio Tutorials and UCAS application process support
- Flexible service which gives great value and can deliver a personal bespoke programme
- A central London location, next to Tower Bridge in SE1
- Our studios sit within the cultural heart of London, South Bank galleries and museums are within easy reach
- An intimate, friendly teaching environment where it is easy to meet and get to know other creative people
- A kitchen diner where you can make your own lunch and eat with new friends
- Very light sunny studios amiable for learning
- A quiet, focused Study Room with access to a library of inspirational books
- Access to a portfolio storage room, giving you the flexibility to leave your work at the studio
- Vibrant food and vintage markets nearby; grab chocolate, an Argentine treat, artisan bread, Sicilian olive oil or a Turkish delight
- Fantastic transport links; London Underground, Overground and DLR, Thames ferries, bus services, taxis and cycle lanes
Art and Design Subject Options
The London Art Portfolio Foundation Course in Art and Design is a diagnostic programme. Our course allows you to explore a wide range of art and design disciplines as part of your preparation for BA application. We encourage an exploratory approach, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore and experiment with your research, ideas and critical thinking. This is a unique course, offering broad diagnostic modes of study, along with an option to start your specialist project before Christmas. If you are confident and ready to specialise earlier, this curriculum option will enable you to speed up the process of your development, along with the preparation of your portfolio and future UCAS application interviews too.
We have a kitchen diner available, where you can cook or prepare your own food. Help yourself to ongoing free coffee, tea and other condiments such as olive oil and vinegar, plus more. This is a great way to get to know others on your course and make new friends from all over the UK and around the world. There are great young vibrant cafes close by too, plus the Fashion and Textile Museum and White Cube Gallery. We are spoilt for locations to draw and sketch.
Monday-Thursday – Full time
The full-time Foundation Course programme delivers a weekly 16-hour Teaching Programme, spread over 24 weeks, plus 16 hours free studio access.
Students are tutored each morning for 4 days per week. You are expected to continue your independent study work each afternoon in the studio available.
Foundation Teaching Programme:
Two days: 9am-12 noon each day (3hrs)
Two days: 9am-3pm each day (5hrs)
Lunch: 12 noon-1pm
Independent Study: 1pm-4pm (3hrs)
History of Art Lecture one afternoon per week (3hrs)
We encourage students to continue their Independent Study work each afternoon.
Friday: ‘Self Study Research Day’ work will be reviewed each Monday morning.
Term 1 – Part 1
9th September 2019 – 17th October 2019
Introductory Pathways and Skill Sets covering the following:
SPECIALIST PATHWAY OPTIONS
Mini Project Introductions
- Fine Art
- Fashion Design
- Textile Design
- Graphic Communication Design
- 3D Spatial Design, Architecture Design
ESSENTIAL SKILL SETS
- Drawing and Painting
- Illustration and Mixed Media Techniques
- 2D and 3D Research and Design
- Model Making
- 2D CAD and 3CAD
- Digital Image Making and Prep’
- Critical and Contextual Studies: Museum and contemporary art gallery visits included
AUTUMN READING BREAK – 2 WEEKS
Term 1 – Part 2
5th November 2019 – 13th December 2019
ONE SPECIALIST PATHWAY
If you are already sure as to which specialist field you would like to focus on and develop for your future degree and career applications you can follow the specialist mode of study. Please choose from one of the following specialist pathways:
- Fine Art
- Fashion Design
- Textile Design
- Graphic Design
- Architecture and 3D Spatial Design
TWO SPECIALIST PATHWAYS
3 weeks each – 6 weeks in total
If you are still uncertain as to which specialist field you would like to choose for your future career applications, we can offer you the possibility to extend your diagnostic pathway experience and explore two further portfolio pathway projects.
4th November 2018 – 21st November 2019 (3 weeks)
25th November 2019 – 12th December 2019 (3 weeks)
Select two extended pathway options
- Fine Art
- Textile Design
- Graphic Communication Design
- Architecture and 3D Spatial Design
EXTENDED SKILL SETS IN:
- Advanced Drawing and Painting
- Design Development and Realisation
- Advanced ‘hands-on’ Model Making
- Advanced 3D Modelling Software
- Draping on the Mannequin
- Fashion Illustration
- Advanced Adobe Suite and Digital Portfolio Start-Up
- Portfolio Presentation and layout
- Critical and Contextual Studies: comparative essays on art theory and practical studies
CHRISTMAS BREAK – 3 WEEKS
FINAL MAJOR PROJECT
6th January – 9th April 2020 (12 weeks)
Consider and extend what you have already learnt, researched and explored on the Foundation Course through a Final Major Project. This will be based on your own personal project proposal with a final exhibition.
Course Content and Structure
London Art Portfolio Foundation in Art and Design Course allows you to explore a range of creative subjects, giving you the time and creative inspiration to decide which area of art and design you’d like to specialise in when you come to choose your undergraduate degree.
The course of study begins in a diagnostic mode that allows you to spend time within each of the 5 curriculum areas before specialisation. This approach is best suited for students who are not yet sure which specialist field to choose.
Our course is ideal for a range of applicants:
- Post-A’ level and IB students ready for their Foundation Course
- Gap Year students who are aiming to apply for Degree level
- ‘Change of Career’ students who are desperate to get back to art
- Personal development students who want to develop their artistic skills
The 5 curriculum areas are:
- 3-Dimensional Design and Architecture – Product Design, Transport Design, Theatre, Stage and Screen Design; Interior Design and Transport design
- Fashion Design – Fashion Womenswear, Fashion and Knit; Fashion Promotion and Marketing, Art Direction, Visual Merchandising
- Textile Design – Printed Textile Design, Surface Pattern Design, Interior Textile Design
- Fine Art – Drawing, Painting; Photography and Time-Based Media; Sculpture
- Graphic Communication Design – Logo Design and Branding, Illustration, Storyboarding for Animation and Film
Part 1 – Research Methodology, Materials and Skills
9th September 2019– 17th October 2019
Part 1 begins with an introduction to fundamental drawing and painting skills, essential for every specialist portfolio. This is the perfect refresher and start up for both the beginner and the more experienced.
You will explore a range of specialist fields and begin to identify your strengths and personal interests in the process, with support from experienced specialist tutors. You will be introduced to a range of mediums, materials, processes and technologies, which will expand your methods of working, thinking and learning.
Much emphasis will be placed on research, encouraging you to discover a more personal perspective, experimenting with new ideas and concepts, whilst evaluating and reflecting on your progress.
Through inspiring project design and the core skill sets, you will have the opportunity to investigate both 2D and 3D and in the process, become a more innovative artist or designer. This journey will become the core part of your portfolio project development further on. There will be a Formative Assessment, which includes a Portfolio Review.
Part 2 – Concept Building and Development
4th November 2019 – 12th December 2019
Part 2 is a crucial part of your personal progress on the LAP Foundation Course in Art and Design. Before your Autumn Research Break all students will choose either:
Option 2a: one specialist pathway project (6 weeks)
Option 2b: two short extended diagnostic pathway projects (2 x 3 weeks).
PPB-Personal Portfolio Blog
All students are asked to set up and continue an online visual diary blog. We encourage ongoing project and personal research to be recorded, saved and maintained on your PPB. Occasionally your online record will be used as part of your Formative Assessment. We encourage a fun approach and welcome any personal methods of presentation. Presentation and content will count towards your final grade.
Upon completion of Part 2, there will be a Formative Assessment Week, including a helpful Portfolio Review, with constructive feedback on how to improve your portfolio project work and plan for your UCAS applications
4th November – 12th December 2019
Start your first specialist project-6 weeks
It is at this stage you will have the opportunity to select one specialist art and design pathway, to focus on for your 6-week specialist project, in the run-up to the Christmas Break. Your choice will be based on your introductory diagnostic experience during the first 6-week block on the Foundation Course. You will be given career support and direction from tutors during this important period of time.
It is important to feel sure and committed, in this way you will begin to develop your knowledge and creative practice in a specific field. You will be encouraged to develop your critical thinking, creative process and expand your skills. Much importance is placed upon research, which will inspire new forms of visual investigation and thus, lead to more innovative ideas and development.
4th November – 21st November 2019 (3 weeks)
25th November – 12th December 2019 (3 weeks)
Explore two more Diagnostic Pathway Projects-6 weeks in total
Part 2b is ideal for students who are still unsure, regarding their future specialist subject for their UCAS applications. Through a range of extended projects, we offer the flexibility to investigate particular specialist fields in more depth, to give you the opportunity to choose the best area of art and design for you.
The diagnostic nature of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is perfect for this experience. Through each stage, students are given portfolio advice and guidance as to how to build up and prepare an application portfolio.
There is a Formative Assessment Week at the end of the 6-week block which includes a Portfolio Review and constructive feedback.
Final Major Project Realisation and Presentation
7th January – 19th April 2020
Final Portfolio Project Realisation and Presentation
UCAS Application Process Support- UCAS Deadline January 15th 2018
January Physical Portfolio Review 2018
This is your opportunity to reflect and consider what you have learnt already on the course, subjects you have researched, methods of research and idea development. Choose a subject of your own choice to explore, extend and realise, as your Final Major Project. This can be executed in any medium you like.
Your specialist subject should be evident and clear. It may include fashion design, graphic design, architecture design, textile design or fine art. It could also include a specific area within a specialist field such as Fashion, Promotion and Marketing, Car Design, Knitwear, Interior Design, Animation, Children’s Book Illustration.
The following aspects will need to be considered carefully along with the Formative and Summative Assessment Criteria. This includes the planning and execution of your exhibition space. The following qualities will need to be considered throughout this process:
- Action Plans
At the end, your personal project will be exhibited in a final foundation and portfolio exhibition. This is open to the public, family and friends.
- A2 plastic portfolio for carrying work safely
- A3 sketchbook
- A pencil case
- A range of HB-6B pencils
- A small box of coloured pencils
- A set of Stabilo Point 88 fine line coloured pens (very fine point)
- Uni Pin Drawing Pens, Pack of 5 Assorted Tip Sizes, Black Ink
- Charcoal pencils, one black, white, brown and grey
- 1 scalpel
- Double sided tape
- Masking tape
- UHU glue stick
- A2 ring bound a portfolio
- 20 plastic sleeves
- 15 x A1 Ice White thin card (for mounting)
- 5 x A1 Jet Black thin card (for mounting)
- University of Oxford: Ruskin School of Art
- The Russell Group of Universities UK: UCL Bartlett, Edinburgh, Bath, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham + more
- AA: Association of Architecture
- UAL UK: Central Saint Martin’s School of Art, Chelsea, Camberwell, Wimbledon, LCC
- University of Creative Arts: Epsom School of Art, Farnham, Canterbury
- Goldsmith School of Art, University of London
- Glasgow School of Art
- Kingston School of Art: Kingston University
- Ravensbourne School of Art and Media
- Leeds College of Art
- Manchester School of Art: Manchester Metropolitan University
- Brighton School of Art: University of Brighton
- Rhode Island School of Design
- Parsons School of Art and Design, Paris & New York
- Savanna College of Art and Design
- California State University Northridge
- Otis College of Art & Design, LA
- Polimoda, Florence
- Instituto Marangoni
- Istituto di Design, Torino
- Istituto di Design, Milano
- University of Antwerp
- Gerrit Rietveld Academie
- Amsterdam Fashion Institute
- Copenhagen Academy of Fashion Design
- ESMOD Berlin
- ESMOD Paris
- Raffles Design Institute, Singapore
I learned to present my train of thoughts both in speech and images, something that made me confident in my interviews. These 24 weeks were incredibly helpful and at the same time fun and I recommend everyone who wants a strong, creative and fun portfolio to start their journey here.
– Ida Larsson, Sweden – Progressed to BA (Hons) Architecture at Oxford Brookes University