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Foundation (Year 0) Design & Creative Business

Art Foundation Design Course Overview

Awarded in association with the University of Creative Arts, this foundation course is designed to prepare students for undergraduate study. The course is part of our 4-year degree pathways to enable students who have been out of study to gain the necessary skills to succeed at degree level. 

The Foundation in Design and Creative Business course is divided into three stages and is designed to equip students with key industry knowledge and creative business skills. Taught by a team of expert practitioners, this art foundation course will cover the key areas of creative business, marketing, fashion, art and design as well as having the opportunity to develop your own creative portfolio of work.


You’ll engage in a series of independent and group projects


The foundation degree courses are taught via a series of group and independent work projects whilst developing key study skills needed for progression onto an undergraduate degree. After exploring the range of pathways within the creative business, we will support you in choosing which area you’d like to specialise in at an undergraduate level.

The pathway to undergraduate studies includes the following programmes:





Tower Hill, London


March | June | October


9 Months (part of a 4-year intergrated Foundation and Bachelor's degree programme).

Study mode

Full-time, flexible learning - study on campus and online with classes available during the weekday, evenings and weekend

Awarding body

University for the Creative Arts

Tuition fees UK/EU citizens - £9,250

SFE funding available

International / EU Applicants

If you are arriving after the UK has left the EU on January 1st 2021, you will require a visa to study in the UK, in which LCCA will not be able to sponsor you. To find out more information please visit apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Foundation in Design & Creative Course Details

This 28-week course is designed to equip students with the academic skills and subject knowledge needed to progress on to study at undergraduate level. You’ll develop a unique portfolio of work throughout the course, helping you to progress onto a degree in any creative subject.

Stage 1

The first stage covers the key areas of business, management and creative practices as well as core concepts in art, design and media. You’ll learn the theoretical knowledge and debates surrounding these disciplines and the historical and international contexts which underpin them. 

Stage 2

This stage builds on the key research, analytical and reflective skills built in Stage 1 via a live project based on the creative and design industries. Students will also have the opportunity to explore specialist areas of study and focus on your chosen path within the creative arts.

Stage 3

Students undertake a self-directed, specialist project which will synthesise and conclude their newly learned knowledge. The Final Major Project consists of three units which include advanced language and study skills needed for progression onto an LCCA design or creative business undergraduate degree.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Creative Business & Management

  • English for Academic Purposes, Research & Study Skills

  • Marketing, Communication & Branding

  • Exploring Practices: Process, Materials & Techniques

  • Visual Culture

  • Investigating Specialist Practice

  • Final Major Project



The standard entry requirements* for this Art and Design foundation course are one of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2)



Other relevant and equivalent level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

Why Study a Foundation Design and Creative Course At LCCA

LCCA strives to provide its students with both academic excellence, career focus and a friendly environment across all disciplines. Our boutique campus is located in Tower Hill, London with a range of facilities and equipment, making it the perfect place to study.

LCCA offers students opportunities to engage with experts both on and off campus.

Our teachers are experts in their field and will enrich your learning experience, facilitating your access to the most current industry expertise and networks across their creative specialisms.

We provide a range of top undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that are delivered in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.


We provide dedicated facilities for students, helping them to produce work at an industry-level standard and preparing them for a bright future. These facilities are the reason why, upon graduation, our students feel prepared to start working from day one.

Our students have access to a range of specialist facilities across the college. These include:

  • Mac studios with 110 Apple iMac. Software includes: GameMaker, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine, Cinema 4D, Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Access to WGSN – a leading trend forecasting company for fashion and design businesses
  • Reprographic services
  • 3D printers
  • Fashion studios with 24 industrial sewing machines, overlockers and embroidery sewing machines
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Art and Design Studio

Whether you’re completing your first degree or undertak­ing further study to progress your career or change your career direction, LCCA’s strong industry links and wide networks will help you develop your skills, gain valuable experience and make contacts to boost your career opportunities.

·         Aitor Throup Studio LTD

·         Burberry

·         Calvin Klein Jeans

·         Chloé

·         Claret Press

·         Harrods

·         Hop Fashion

·         House of Fraser

·         James Lakeland

·         Jan Masny

·         Karen Millen

·         Christian Louboutin

·         Bartlett Mitchell

·         Boodica UK

·         Pringle of Scotland

·         Richard Boll

·         Soho House

·         Ted Baker

·         Tommy Hilfiger

·         YKK

·         Yulan Creative

·         Paul Smith

·         Louis Vuitton

·         Maria Grachvogel

·         Net-a-Porter

·         Little Wardrobe London

·         Claret Showroom

·         ZARA


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