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Orientation to art and design
Orientation to art and design

Orientation to art and design

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  • Level:Foudation/ Pre-course
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

This course is open to students aged 17 years and older

English Requirement

Non-native English speakers should be at IELTS level 6.0 in English language, for more information please visit UAL’s English Language Requirements webpage




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Curriculum / learning and teaching

The objective of this full time programme of study is to enable you to develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills for application to or entry on a foundation level course. This includes:

  • Observation and reflection skills
  • Analytical research skills
  • The control of materials and processes in the realisation of ideas
  • A capacity to evaluate your work and the work of others
  • The ability to establish communication skills with particular reference to the language used to discuss work in the studio

This course is runs for 9 weeks or 7 weeks during the condensed June programme. This means that you will still have the same number of teaching hours, but you will be expected to be in college for longer each day. The reason for this change is to give international students longer to renew their visa between the end of the Orientation to Art and Design course and the start of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Martin Blake (course leader) began teaching at Central Saint Martins as a Group Tutor on Foundation and then moved full-time to Orientation in 2009. Orientation has grown in popularity and provides a perfect opportunity for students to prepare a portfolio for successful application to a Foundation Course.

“What I particularly enjoy about Orientation is the small class size which gives the opportunity for one to one teaching and helps students to discover their strengths.

My own practice lies within Painting which for me began with large scale works which connected with maps and aerial images. More recently I have concentrated on geometric constructions which mirror architectural structures. I am interested in all aspects of the visual world from fashion to film, and am a firm believer in learning as a lifelong process.” – Martin Blake

The course is also taught by visiting tutors and UAL staff.

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