LCCA - London College of Contemporary Arts


The Foundation in Art and Design provides an essential introduction to the creative arts by enabling students to explore and experiment with a wide range of media. Designed to maximise creative exploration, this programme provides students with the opportunity to develop their own individual creative expression through learning a range of art and design skills and processes.

In addition, this course will help students develop communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

This foundation sees guidance offered by our experienced faculty, helping you choose a specialist pathway that’s right for you. The course will give you the opportunity to explore a broad range of creative fields, developing skills and knowledge and preparing you for further educational and career-based opportunities in the worlds of art and design.


Holborn, London




9 months

Study mode

Full-time, on campus

Awarding body


Tuition fees

UK/EU citizens - £4,995




Comprehensive introduction to art and design subject areas through studio workshops, seminars and lectures. Students will follow a programme of drawing, exploratory, mixed media to develop practical skills and research methods. Exploratory and pathway units will be consolidated to propose and implement a personal Final Major Project.


Previous foundation students have progressed to do a Bachelor's degree in Arts (BA), and Sciences (BSc), as well as, Master's level of study. The following are some progression degree subjects: architecture, painting, sculpture, fine art, product design (rather than 3D design) curating, digital arts, film, and loose visual communication.

Foundation students have gone on to study at a wide range of top UK universities, both in and outside of London, including:

  • UAL (including Central St Martins, London College of Fashion, Camberwell, London College of Communication, Chelsea and Wimbledon)
  • Goldsmiths University
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Kingston University
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • University of Lincoln
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Ravensbourne University London
  • Kingston University London

Students have taken places in European universities in Berlin and Amsterdam.

Foundation Art & Design



Foundation Student work video

Foundation Student work video


Subjects studied within the module will include:

  • Observational Drawing
  • Concept Drawing
  • Design Drawing
  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Colour Theory and Practice
  • Collage
  • Mixed Media 
  • 2-D Art & Design Studies
  • 3-D Art & Design Studies
  • Contextual Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphics and Visual Communication
  • Portfolio preparation

Exploratory phase

  • Practical experimentation and skills development 
  • Understanding and using creative processes
  • Exploring specialist pathways
  • Portfolio development 
  • University applications

Confirmatory phase

  • Final Major Project
  • Final review and collation of evidence 
  • Exhibition/presentation
  • Minimum age: 17
  • Typically one A-level, or equivalent level 3/EU/international qualifications (for example International
    Baccalaureate Certificates)
  • Plus three GCSE passes (A*- C) (9 - 4) or level 2 qualification equivalent (preferably English language and an art & design subject)
  • English proficiency: IELTS 5.0 (with minimum 4.5 for each component) or equivalent (CEFR Level B2)
  • Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio of creative works, interview
    and written statement
  • Alternative qualifications and experience may also betaken into consideration. In exceptional circumstances,a candidate may be considered without required
    qualifications based on work experience and/or previous study/creative practice

NOTE: for progression to undergraduate level study,applicants will usually be required to have formal qualifications such as A-level and GCSEs or equivalent.


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