Arts Foundation Year

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Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

We have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.


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The Arts Foundation Year at Lincoln is year one 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; Graphic Design; Creative Advertising; Illustration; Interior Architecture and Design; Design for Event; Exhibition and Performance; Fashion; Fine Art; Photography; and Product Design.

Known collectively as the Arts Foundation Year, the programme 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, design processes, practical workshops, and critical thinking.

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Entry Requirements

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 quali?cations.

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)

Extended Diploma

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 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 C or 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 C or above including English.  MPP



Information for Architecture Students

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:

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.

Arts Foundation Year Blog

Find out more about the Arts Foundation Year and explore student work on our Arts Foundation Year blog site.

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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.

Cathriona Donhue, BA (Hons) Creative Advertising with Arts Foundation Year

How You Study

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.

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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 and one contextual studies module that intersects with the topics and subjects covered in the studio. 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.

How You are Assessed

The way students are assessed may vary between modules. Examples of assessment methods that are used include creative works, written assignments, presentations, sketchbooks, documentation of your working process and development of ideas. Group work is a feature of contemporary creative practice and is assessed through presentations, shared outcomes, and records of individual contribution towards a shared goal. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Progression Requirements

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.


2020/21 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time  £9,250 per level*  £15,900 per level**
Part-time  £77.09 per credit point †  N/A
Placement (optional)  Exempt  Exempt


2021/22 EntryUKInternational
Full-time  £9,250 per level*  TBC
Part-time  £77.00 per credit point †  N/A
Placement (optional)  Exempt  Exempt

†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.

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.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages.

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

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Design Showcase 2020

Explore the creative talents of our final-year students in the Lincoln School of Design Digital Showcase 2020, as part of our Festival of Creativity.

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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!

Tallulah Callan, BA (Hons) Fine Art with Foundation Year

Further Information

University of Lincoln Admissions Team: T: +44 (0)1522 886097 E:

UCAS UK students: T: +44 (0)371 468 0468 International students T: +44 (0)330 3330 230 W:

Student Admissions Terms and Conditions (PDF)

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