"Without the confines of an examination, accidents can lead to results as positive and successful as those from intended exploration."Sean Greer-Perry
The intensive Foundation in Art and Design (iFAD) is a unique course, developed so you can progress directly to an undergraduate degree in our School of Art and Design in just 12 weeks.
The intensive Foundation in Art and Design offers a short, creative and diagnostic approach to starting a career in art or design. You may have a good idea of what you want to do, but you are looking for more hands on experience. You may have no idea of what you want to do but just know that it has to be in a creative environment.
Our course is ideal if you are:
Our course is divided into four phases: Introduction, Diagnostic, Pathway and Presentation.
Introduction The course starts with a series of workshops including learning resources, reprographics, photography, media, 3D, wood, metal, plastics and ceramics, and life drawing (which continues throughout the programme). This will give you the knowledge to use our facilities effectively and confidently.
Diagnostic In the diagnostic phase you will be encouraged to explore and experiment in unfamiliar areas so you can make an informed and appropriate choice of undergraduate programme. The diagnostic phase varies in length depending on individual needs. During this period you will be introduced to methods of visual research, combined with drawing exercises and colour theory.
Pathway This phase enables you to consolidate your chosen pathway through personal project work negotiated with your tutors.
Presentation At the end of the programme you will review your portfolio and select work for presentation and public exhibition.
Throughout the course, most of your time will be spent in the dedicated iFAD studio, working on a variety of tasks and projects, as well as using specialist workshops and resources. We also provide weekly drawing sessions and contextual study field trips in and around London, visiting a number of museums, galleries and exhibitions.
iFAD is a challenging course that rewards dedication and commitment. You will build up and be assessed on a body of work that demonstrates your particular skills, creativity and interests.
A process of continual review, combined with tutorials and self assessment, is used to monitor and evaluate your progress, helping you make day to day decisions about your work as well as providing guidance on your final BA choice.
We ask you to indicate the specialist degree course you are interested in before you start, which reserves you a conditional place, but this can be changed if you, in discussion with your tutors, feel it would be appropriate.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3
You would need to submit a digital portfolio of between 20 to 25 items or provide a link to a file sharing website (including the password if required) - a subsequent interview may take place if it is deemed appropriate.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications.
You will need to submit a digital portfolio of between 20 to 25 items. The basic expectation is that your portfolio should contain a good cross section of your work, it does not have to be just finished pieces; it could contain images/pages taken from a sketchbook or work sheet, that show how ideas were developed, often the preliminary work is more spontaneous than the end result. There should be evidence of your drawing ability and your understanding of visual communication that indicates your curiosity and willingness to experiment. It should also show (if appropriate, because you may not know) examples that back up your interest in your chosen subject. It should be a reflection of who you are as an artist/ designer.
You should apply direct to the University using our online application system.
You can pursue a broad range of careers in the field of art and design. Successful completion of this course prepares you to study on one of our degree courses:
"The need to explore and experiment in Art and Design has long been seen as a necessary part of making an informed decision when making career choices. iFAD, with its broad diagnostic approach, fills this need.
"Individuals are encouraged to leave behind preconceptions and learn to play with their imagination, accepting that a mistake might be the one thing that leads to success and to make connections and associations that would otherwise be lost.
"Being part of a group of individuals with widely varying interests adds to the group dynamic. For instance a potential student of Interior Architecture, perhaps, in working alongside and with a Fashion designer or Illustrator will result in the cross - fertilisation of ideas and fresh lines of visual enquiry, arriving at unique and often surprising conclusions.
"The reawakening of the imagination provides a new perspective into where an individual's creativity can lead. Without the confines of an examination, accidents and mistakes can lead to results as positive and successful as those from intended exploration; Projects can also be unproductive in terms of conclusion but rich in knowledge and understanding."