Described as one of the strongest and most distinctive foundation programmes in the country, this course will enable you to develop the necessary skills and portfolio to apply to a range of art and design degree courses.
The various creative projects you will undertake will allow you to experience a range of ideas, materials, processes and technologies.
Individual diagnostic projects and tutorials will help you to distil and identify your main areas of interest and make an informed application to a degree course with the support of an experienced staff team.
At the end of the course, direct progression onto Manchester School of Arts degree programmes is available to those who meet the required academic standard.
In Term 1 you will be introduced to a wide range of creative activities to develop your practical and conceptual skills, helping to make choices for your future area of study. Individual guidance is given from an experienced range of staff on the options best suited to your work and future ambitions. The typical programme of study may include:
In Term 2 you will confirm the specialisation that you wish to follow at degree level, and progress your application for your chosen degree place. You will also develop your own personal methodology, enabling you to work with a high level of creativity and independence. The typical programme of study may include:
In Term 3 you will produce an exhibition of your final major project alongside the BA Degree Show and complete preparation for BA course entry.
Continuous assessment, advice and feedback. Assessed final major project.
You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document
Our Degree Show web sites display a selection of work exhibited by our Foundation Diploma students at the end of year show.
Part of the Degree Show Series
Diana Ali's brush with fame on the BBC
Foundation graduates go on to study a wide range of BA (Hons) courses at Manchester School of Art and other institutions across the UK. Following completion of a degree programme our graduates then go to establish themselves within a wide range of professions in the art and design world. These include careers as creative consultants, artists, curators, gallery owners, textile designers, fashion designers, product and furniture designers, illustrators, retail buyers, theatre and set designers, graphic designers, art critics and journalists, photographers, film-makers, animators, stylists, interior designers and architects.
Our Alumni include:
Sarah Burton: Fashion Designer & Creative Director at Alexander McQueen, Dean Hughes: Artist & Head of Undergraduate Study at Edinburgh College of Art, Andy Soup: Film-maker, Animator & Music Video Production, Nick Sharratt: Children's Book Illustrator, David Hoyland: Director of Seventeen Gallery, Amy Thomas: Artist, Nabil El Nayal: Fashion Designer, Oliver East: Illustrator & Artist's Book publications, Bruce Bell: Construction Designer & Architect, Genevieve Bennett: Interior Textiles Designer & Colour Consultant, Mike Mercer-Brown: Graphic Designer, Paul Harfleet: Artist & Garden Designer, Zoe Hitchens: Art Director & Fashion Film Director, Charlie Lightening: Documentary Film Director, Chantelle King: Tablet Designer at Vanity Fair Magazine, Nicolas Byrne, Painter, David Longshaw: Fashion Designer.
|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required|
48 from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).
|Specific GCSE Requirements|
GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered
|Non Tariffed Qualifications|
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3
|International Baccalaureate||24 Points|
A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any section is required.
Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.
International students are also required to complete the entry project as part of their application.
Applications are through the University application form and not through UCAS. The form can be downloaded via the link below.
After completing the application form, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Home/EU candidates who are applying for September 2018 entry should return their applications by 15 December 2017 to ensure an interview.
If you are invited for an interview we will ask you to complete an entry project which you will need to bring along with a portfolio of your work. Further details.
Home, EU, and Channel Islands students:
Students under 19 at 31st August: No tuition fee.
Students aged 19+: To be confirmed
Non-EU international students:
£13,500 per year
The tuition fee for home students is based on ESFA funding rates. These have not yet been announced for 2018/19, but for reference in 2017/18 the fee was £5,420.
Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
£60* plus optional £600* — £60 Materials Fee is a compulsory cost, to cover basic studio materials and paper throughout the year. Estimated additional costs - there are costs associated with producing a portfolio such as print out costs and the cost of an A1 folio case. Some students wish to also have their own laptop and books. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600.
* All amounts shown are estimates.