Art, design and media foundation courses

We offer an exciting integrated Foundation Year for all of our undergraduate Art and Design degree courses.

Foundation Year courses

At UWE Bristol, we offer an exciting integrated Foundation Year for all of our undergraduate Art and Design degree courses. This is a great opportunity for you to take advantage of an additional value-added year (Year 0) preparing you for Year 1 of your degree.

These courses will give you the skills and confidence to find out what type of artist you are. Not only will you develop your creative portfolio while studying the foundation year, but you will have the opportunity to reach and improve your English language and communication skills through a unique module designed for those in the creative arts.

Creative students on Bristol harbourside, taking a photo of themselves

Our courses

Animation student working on a tablet


Study this broad subject and explore storytelling, designing, technology and performance, whilst learning how to entertain global audiences.

Animation with Foundation Year
Fashion students looking at the camera

Fashion Communication

Discover approaches towards communicating and promoting fashion and investigate the use of digital marketing strategies, future trends and technology.

Fashion Communication with Foundation Year
Models wearing clothes made by a fashion student

Fashion Textiles

Learn how to design and manufacture fabrics, garments and fashion related products and specialise in fashion design, textile design or fashion futures.

Fashion Textiles with Foundation Year
Painting by a fine art student

Fine Art

Artists develop ideas by making them visible, playing active roles in society as cultural commentators, teachers and activists. This is a studio-based course and encourages different creative approaches.

Fine Art with Foundation Year
Graphic design studio

Graphic Design

Study in a studio environment with professional-standard facilities and the focus on the real-world skills you need to succeed in your graphic design career.

Graphic Design with Foundation Year
An illustration student working with pen and paper


Our Illustration course encourages you to create and develop your own personal visual language. Problem-solving through drawing and making is core.

Illustration with Foundation Year
An architecturally impressive room

Interior Design

Build an impressive portfolio, real-world experience, project management skills and the technical expertise needed for a successful career in interior design.

Interior Design with Foundation Year
A student looking through the lens of a large camera


Understand the context in which images exist and circulate, and identify opportunities to get your photography published and commissioned.

Photography with Foundation Year

" I really enjoyed the Foundation Year. With the vast amount of workshops that we did, I was able to try and experiment with different programs and techniques that I had not used before. This allowed me to create a wide variety of works that helped strengthen my portfolio."

Neasa Tubridy, Graphic Design with Foundation Year

Neasa Tubridy Graphic Design with Foundation Year

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