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Foundation Degree in Art Practice


This course will develop your creative talents across many different art forms. You will have the freedom to engage with a wide range of art practices and historical discourses to develop your own, highly individual programme of study. The course is different from many other fine art courses because it encourages your practice across many different disciplines.

Running in parallel to your studio practice and art history is an extensive programme of professional studies, which will equip you with the skills to succeed. We organise visits to galleries and museums in the UK and abroad, at every level of the course.


You will work in the studio using our specialist facilities. Studio practice is either project-led or self-directed. As well as this, you will have formal lectures, workshops, demonstrations, tutorials, visits to galleries, and talks by visiting speakers.


Although the course is made up of separate modules, you will be encouraged to think and work across many different disciplines such as painting and drawing, 3D, ceramics, printmaking, photography Photoshop, multi-media and installation. The practical element of this course is strengthened by the study of historical and contemporary practices and discourses, which you can use to inform your own work.

You will start with experimental and exploratory approaches to materials, processes and technical skills, using a variety of media. The course is made up of a series of projects, so you can explore areas that interest you and develop your independence and creativity. You will have the opportunity to specialise in specific disciplines at the end of the first year. At the end of the second year, successful students progress on the BA (Hons) Art Practice here at The College Merthyr Tydfil.


200 UCAS tariff points or equivalent at A-level.


Interview and portfolio GCSE five at grade C or above.




Foundation Degree in Art Practice

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Course Length:

2 years

Course Levels:

4, 5


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