Art & Design (General Foundation) BA (Hons) / BDes (Hons)

University of Dundee
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Art & Design (General Foundation) BA (Hons) / BDes (Hons)

The focus of the first year of this course is centered on learning independence and finding your individual path. It also develops your practical skills and critical thinking. You will undertake a diverse range of projects throughout the year, that will each offer different challenges and opportunities. The course content will help you to decide on your choice of Honours degree specialism for the remainder of your course.

Our six studio spaces are large and bright, encouraging the sharing of ideas in a social, collaborative atmosphere. You will spend the majority of your time on studio-based activities learning fundamental skills. The dedicated staff team will encourage you to think in different ways, supporting your learning and your transition into an Art School environment.

Your studies in the studio are complemented by a full programme of lectures, one day per week throughout both semesters. These lectures offer a contextual insight into how art and design has developed through history and contemporary practice, as well as learning more about the individual subject specialisms offered by our degrees.

Admission requirements

Level 1 entry

Higher / Advanced Higher, SQA

Standard: BBBB

Widening access: BBCC

English language requirements

IELTS Academic

  • Overall - 6.0
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Listening - 5.5
  • Speaking - 5.5
  • Writing - 6.0

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 1

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Foundation Studies 1
  • Foundation Studies 2
  • Foundation Studies 3
  • Foundation Studies 4
  • Foundation Studies 5

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fees:

  • Scotland: £1,820 per year study
  • Ukraine: £1,820 per year study
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £9,250 per year study
  • International: £19,500 per year study

Career paths

Progression to Level 2 requires demonstration of appropriate knowledge and skill and the potential to successfully pursue independent study. You'll move onto one of our specialist courses

  • Animation BDes (Hons)
  • Art & Philosophy BA (Hons)
  • Fine Art BA (Hons)
  • Graphic Design BDes (Hons)
  • Illustration BDes (Hons)
  • Jewellery and Metal Design BDes (Hons)
  • Textile Design BDes (Hons)

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