Course options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

What will you study on the BA Fine Art with Foundation Year? Your first year concentrates on understanding and working with different models as a fine artist, ensuring you have exposure to all the different workshops and facilities available to you. You will be introduced to concepts of time and action, space and object, plus image and index in your studio practice In the second and third terms studio practice develops more individually Introduction to contemporary fine art practice and its history with short written assignments. In your second year you will diversify and expand your skills, developing a deeper awareness of the critical demands of contemporary art You will develop your visual language as you experiment in your studio practice You will study visual culture, art and philosophy, and art and the community with a concluding written submission This year includes options to study on the international exchange programme or work on art projects in the community Your study culminates in an exhibition (virtual or physical), where you will gain hands-on experience of curating and exhibiting. Your final year of your degree enables you to consolidate and refine your art, developing your studio practice to a professional level. This year includes a professional practice seminar series, a research essay, and another opportunity to work on art practice in the community In tutorials you will focus on how clearly your visual language is communicated The second and third terms focus on bringing work to a professional level for a public exhibition, whether online or in a gallery space. What will you gain? Alongside developing your vision and skills as an artist, you will also develop a wide range of transferable skills including initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness, excellent written and verbal communications skills, ability to work both alone and in groups, and the ability to be reflective and constructively self-critical about projects you have initiated.


Foundation Year – Compulsory Stage 1: Exploration and Diagnostics (30 credits) Stage 2: Creative Specialism (30 credits) Stage 3: Major Project Portfolio and Exhibition (30 credits) Creative London (30 credits) Year 1 - Compulsory Establishing a self-directed practice (30 credits) Introduction to Media, Sites and Situations (30 credits) Art Ecologies: Orientation (30 credits) Art and Visual Culture (30 credits) Year 2 - Compulsory Developing a self-directed practice (30 credits) Media, Sites and Situations (30 credits) Art Ecologies: Placement (30 credits) Research and Critical Analysis (30 credits) Year 3 - Compulsory Self-Directed Practice and Making Public (60 credits) Working in the Arts (30 credits) Self-Directed Research and Thesis (30 credits)

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
Hendon Campus
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry requirements listed are accurate at the time of publishing and vary between programmes. Please check your chosen course page for specific entry requirements. Depending on your chosen course, we also consider a combination of qualifications. The latest entry requirements can be found on the course page at We have a personalised admissions approach in which we make fair, but aspirational offers to our applicants. We feel it’s important that you continue to aim high and achieve great results. If you don’t quite make the grades you hoped to, we’ll look at more than your qualifications when making our final decision. We’ll take into consideration any barriers you may have faced in your learning, especially with potential disruption due to the coronavirus, your achievements in other areas and your personal statement. At Middlesex, we’ll always aim to be as flexible as possible. We pride ourselves on how we recognise potential in our applicants, and support them to succeed in the future.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


As far as possible, students are required to attend an interview. The interview itself will be around 15 minutes but you should allow one hour for the whole interview process as you will be offered the opportunity to view the facilities and meet appropriate staff and students. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests, and to explore why you want to study with us.


You should also bring a full portfolio to the interview.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a minimum of 5.5 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)72With at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading
PTE Academic51With at least 51 in all components

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £15100 Year 1
International £15100 Year 1

Additional fee information

At Middlesex, we have a range of funding and loan options available to ensure you are able to attend university, whatever your financial background. Tuition fees vary for UK, EU and International students. More information about fees for the course you are interested in studying can be found at:
Fine Art with Foundation Year at Middlesex University - UCAS