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Art and Design, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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This Art and Design course from Arts University Bournemouth is the perfect way to find your creative voice and to boost your existing skills and portfolio if they’re not quite up to degree standard. 

Or you might just like to enjoy a year of being creative before moving on to something else.

What Will You Study

This course is geared towards the preparation of a portfolio of work to support your application to a Higher Education course. Throughout the course, your practical studio work will be supported by a programme of contextual studies in art and design.

You’ll be taught by specialist lecturers and technicians on the Foundation pathways. You can find out more about staff by browsing their profiles below.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Context
  • Research
  • Development of Creative Practice
  • Problem Solving 
  • Planning, progress and production
  • Evaluation and Reflection 
  • Communicating and Presenting a Creative Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • 5 GCSE or IGCSE passes at Grade C/Grade 4 or above. These should include a relevant Art, Design or Media subject and must include Maths and English.
  • Due to recent changes in government funding, home and EU applicants who are under 19 when the course starts must hold GCSE/IGCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Maths to be able to enrol onto this course.
  • If a student does not have IGCSE/ GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4 or above and they are under 19, then we will not receive funding. We are unable to enrol applicants who do not hold these qualifications or an acceptable equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5421 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5421 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5421 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5421 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

If you are under 19 and a new student, you will not have to pay tuition fees or a registration fee.

Living costs for Bournemouth

  • 700 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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