• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Develop a wide range of art and design skills through 10 different workshops exploring traditional and contemporary techniques, enabling you to progress to a variety of specialist art and design degrees with the Art and Design (Foundation) course from De Montfort University.
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This Art and Design (Foundation) course from De Montfort University is a year-long course that will help you improve your skills and knowledge across a wide range of art and design subjects, preparing you for your chosen degree or helping you decide which course to study.  

Build a strong portfolio of work before you start your degree, so you can hit the ground running and realise your full potential. You will be inducted into at least 10 different workshops, exploring both traditional and contemporary disciplines and techniques.  

You will also benefit from dedicated studio spaces and award-winning facilities featuring specialist craft and design workshops, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital art, graphic design, illustration, textiles, fashion, darkroom photography, 3D design and game art.  

This course gives you the opportunity to specialise in pathways such as fine art, visual communication, 3D design, fashion and textiles and lens-based and digital media. Painting, sculpture, print, installation, multimedia, graphic design, computer graphics, game art, illustration, surface decoration, textiles, fashion, contour, footwear, furniture, product, theatre design, jewellery, spatial design, contextual studies and photography are among the many different topics you can explore.


Most graduates go on to study an art and design degree course, either at DMU or at other universities and colleges across the UK. We will provide the necessary support and guidance, whichever route you choose. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Researching, Recording and Responding
  • Media Experimentation
  • Preparation and Progression
  • Concepts & Idea development
  • Major Personal Project

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • A portfolio of work, or evidence of recent experience in art and design
  • One A Level or equivalent, in an art and design subject at a grade C or above
  • Five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points
  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8470 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8470 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2420 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2420 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • For UK/EU students under 19 on 31 August in the year of entry: FREE

Part time 

  • UK/EU Part-Time:  £1,210 / year

Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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