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Course duration

The foundation programme is full-time course over two semesters.

Entry requirements

You must satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold GCSE English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent).

GCE A-Level: A minimum of grades CC

For alternative qualifications or for combinations of qualifications, please review our equivalence table

Eligible undergraduate programmes

Once you complete the foundation programme, you can continue studying:

  • BA Hons Fine Art
  • BA Hons Photography with Video
  • BA Hons Textiles Art, Design Fashion
  • BA Hons Product Design
  • BDes Hons Game Design
  • BDes Hons Interaction Design
  • BDes Hons Animation
  • BDes hons Graphic Design and Illustration

Benefits of the foundation programme

    A key feature of this programme is that the foundation experience is situated within an inspirational School of Art creative environment, and provides a balanced preparation for all disciplines in art and design. The foundation programme is located on the fifth floor of the campus.

    Our students are encouraged to be creative and imaginative and have the opportunity to not only work with specialist staff but also become involved in workshops and projects with students from both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

    We strongly encourage these practices and give students the opportunity to apply their new skills and knowledge in ‘real world’ contexts.

    Many of our students are extremely successful in a range of national and international competitions (in a number of discipline areas) and have had their work exhibited in shows internationally.

    Ultimately, through this foundation course you will be able to develop an individual and confident perception of your specialist area of study and future career pathway.

    A selection of foundation students’ work is exhibited as part of the end of year degree shows at the Belfast School of Art. These shows attract over four thousand visitors, with many foundation students selling their work directly to the public.


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