The Arts Foundation Year at Lincoln is the first year of an integrated four-year degree programme which provides an alternative entry route on to a wide range of degree courses within the College of Arts, including Animation and Visual Effects; Architecture; Creative Advertising; Design for Event, Exhibition and Performance; Fashion; Fine Art; Graphic Design; Illustration; Interior Architecture and Design; Photography; and Product Design.
The Arts Foundation Year adopts a dynamic interdisciplinary approach to learning, where all students follow the same curriculum and studying alongside one another, regardless of their degree specialism.
It has been designed to enable students who perhaps need more time to adjust to degree-level study, are not sure which subject they want to pursue, achieved lower than expected grades, or are returning to education.
Students can engage in the study of practical and theoretical subjects that are relevant to their creative disciplines. Our students can build their confidence throughout the programme by engaging with experimental ways of working, art and design processes, practical workshops, and critical thinking.
The Arts Foundation Year is designed to open up a pathway to undergraduate study for those who may not have the standard entry requirements for a degree. This can include students not having the required combination of subject areas or having lower-than-expected grades. It could also be an ideal entry route for students who have taken a break from education or are wishing to enter university with non-traditional qualifcations.
Our standard entry requirements for each degree programme can be found on the relevant course pages. Foundation Year requirements for these programmes are shown within the individual subject sections in the table below.
|Course Title||UCAS Code||Validation Status||Entry Requirements (A Level)||Entry Requirements (GCSE)||
|BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects with Arts Foundation Year||W271||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Architecture with Arts Foundation Year||K103||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) above including English and Mathematics.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Creative Advertising with Arts Foundation Year||W215||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Design for Event, Exhibition and Performance with Arts Foundation Year||WP23||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Fashion with Arts Foundation Year||W232||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Fine Art with Arts Foundation Year||W103||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Graphic Design with Arts Foundation Year||W292||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Illustration with Arts Foundation Year||W224||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design with Arts Foundation Year||W252||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Photography with Arts Foundation Year||W602||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
|BA (Hons) Product Design with Arts Foundation Year||W202||Validated||64 points from 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualification.||3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English.||MPP|
The Arts Foundation Year is taught by highly qualifed academics, creative practitioners, and professional support staff at the University. Students will be taught through a combination of studio-based projects, workshops, lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and have access to specialist teaching facilities, equipment and purpose-built workshops.
The foundation year also provides an introduction to university student life and the opportunity to engage with an exciting range of extracurricular activities. The University of Lincoln’s campus provides a modern, student-centred environment on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, with the city centre just a short walk away.
The Foundation programme is structured around modules that are designed to develop core creative and academic skills needed for successful University-level study. All students study the same four modules: three practical modules Studio Practice 1, Studio Practice 2, Final Major Project, and a Contextual Studies module that runs throughout the year with topics that intersect with studio projects.
As students progress throughout the year they can begin to work more independently and become more knowledgeable about their specialist subject to enable a smooth transition to their chosen degree programme. Students have the opportunity to engage with experimental ways of working, design processes, practical workshops, and critical thinking. The final module enables students to complete an extended project with the aim of developing their personal creative direction.
Throughout this integrated programme, students will be working with and alongside specialist staff and students and be invited to participate in activities, talks, trips, and events run by the degree programmes wherever possible. Further information about the potential costs of these can be found under the fees section below.
As this course aims to develop a wide range of practical and intellectual skills, assessment is varied and includes presentations, written projects, individual and group practical work, projects, and portfolios, in addition to academic essays.
There are no formal end-of-year examinations. Throughout the degree, students are assessed through their production of practical and written work.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Students are required to pass all modules, attaining at least 50% in their Final Major Project module in order to progress onto their chosen degree programme.
Please note that all students studying architecture on the Arts Foundation Year will, providing they fulfil progression requirements, be enrolled onto the BA (Hons) Architecture degree which follows the same curriculum as the professionally accredited BArch (Hons) Architecture degree.
Arts Foundation Year students who achieve an average of 55% or more during the first year of their degree programme will have the opportunity to transfer onto the BArch (Hons) Architecture. The BArch (Hons) Architecture curriculum differs from the BA (Hons) as it carries with it exemption from the part 1 professional examinations which are required to pursue a career as a registered architect. It is still possible to pursue a career as an architect after gaining a BA (Hons) Architecture in the UK by undertaking the RIBA part 1 examination. Further information about this can be found via the RIBA website: https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/studying-architecture/riba-studio
Students may also transfer onto BSc (Hons) Architectural Science and Technology with Arts Foundation Year, with agreement from degree staff, if this provides a more suitable choice.
|Full-time||£9,250 per level*||TBC|
|Part-time||£77.00 per credit point†||N/A|
|Full-time||£9,250 per level*||£15,900 per level**|
|Part-time||£77.00 per credit point†||N/A|
†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.
* UK: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.
** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.
The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions (PDF).
Fees for enrolment on additional modules
Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:
- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum
- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year
- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners
- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.
Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.
Students currently have free access to a range of software including the Adobe Creative Cloud software and various art materials for the duration of their studies. Students on the Arts Foundation programme will incur some additional costs for specialist art materials throughout the duration of their study, trips exhibition fees entry fees and printing.
Students are not expected to buy everything immediately but build up an individual reserve of the sort of materials they will increasingly tend to use. Students can purchase art materials from the art shop located in the Nicola de la Haye building.
It should be noted that successful work is not necessarily dependent on high costs but on the level of originality, innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness. It is however expected that students on the programme will have sufficient funding to support the costs of their studies without hindrance.
Cathriona Donhue, BA (Hons) Creative Advertising with Arts Foundation Year
I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to do as a degree but this year has helped me to figure that out. Experimenting with a range of creative materials has helped me to explore a variety of challenging topics. The Arts Foundation Year has really helped me to get creative in ways I never have before.
Tallulah Callan, BA (Hons) Fine Art with Foundation Year
The Arts Foundation Year provided an opportunity for me to return to formal education after a long break. The programme allowed me to build skills and knowledge in preparation for my degree, as well as discovering which onward course would suit me best. It was a challenging but worthwhile year!