University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Art and Design Foundation (Swansea College of Art) University of Wales Trinity Saint David Degree level: Undergraduate


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The course provides an introduction to study within art and design and bridges study at Level 3 and progression to study on a degree programme within art and design. Predominantly visual and practical, with elements of written work, this course develops students' understanding of concept, contexts and making. It is the preferred route into specialised study within higher education. Students are introduced to specialist study areas including: Fine Art; Visual Communication; Lens-based Media; 3D Design; and, Fashion and Textiles. All students then specialise and progress onto courses of study at degree level, including: Fine Art; Painting and Drawing; Illustration; Graphic Design; Advertising and Brand Design; Games Design; Digital Arts, Animation; Film and Video; Photography; Automotive; Furniture; Interior; Product; Production and Theatre Design; Architecture; Fashion and Jewellery Design; and, Textiles and Surface Pattern.

Course details


The modules are delivered through contextual introductions to projects, a range of workshops and classes, lectures and study visits. Students are guided and assessed through group and individual tutorials and critiques. Contextual and historical studies are embedded into all the modules. Introduction to Art and Design/Experimentation to Specialisation/Developing Specialist Practice and Preparing for Progression/Developing Personal Practice/Major Project: Development and Theoretical Approaches/Major Project: Realisation and Presentation

Assessment method

Each of the 6 modules earns twenty credits, and all will be assessed through Coursework.

Coursework is presented in the form of: Sketchbooks/Visual Diaries, Preparatory Work, Workshop & Drawing Class Work, Project Outcomes, Digital Documentation, a Selected and Collated Portfolio, Written Assignments


Group critiques are scheduled regularly to conclude projects and form part of the assessment. They provide the opportunity for formal presentation of outcomes and preparatory work, and for peer and staff criticism

Selected and Collated Portfolio

Students, working with staff, select and collate a Portfolio of work for presentation at interviews for progression onto further courses/other. The main body of the portfolio will be project work and in particular specialist outcomes and preparatory work. Drawings and project work are selected to show additional skills and ability. Sketchbooks, visual diaries and any 3D preparatory work will accompany the portfolio.

Written Assignments

Formats for written assignments may include: essays on proposed themes, exhibition reports, project proposals and reviews. Presentation formats may include: illustrated and fully referenced academic essays and less formal reports and/or blogs.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code F4W8
Institution code T80
Campus name Alexandra Road, Swansea
Campus code A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 32 points Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications and portfolio of work.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £11,500 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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SA31 3EP

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0300 500 5054

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