Huddersfield New College’s established Foundation Diploma in Art is a year-long course that supports students in their ambitions to pursue a career in the creative industries. The course, which is free to those who are 19 or under, inspires students to build contemporary and wide-ranging Portfolios. This course is a useful gateway to those hoping to secure places on a range of competitive university courses, or to support those who wish to progress straight to the workplace.

Art Foundation student, Paris, initially planned to progress straight from A Levels to university, but felt that taking a year out to study the subject further at HNC would better prepare her for her undergraduate degree. She’s spent the past year exploring a range of artistic disciplines, stretching herself to expand her knowledge of a range of media and materials, from photography to sculpture.  

Paris is currently working on a contemporary project with moulded concrete, exploring the themes of temporary and permanent structures. The project was inspired by a recent trip to Berlin with the Art department, where Foundation students visited an abandoned theme park. During the trip, Paris experienced people who chose to live on the fringes of society, and it was this that inspired this unique project.

Paris, says “I’m so glad I chose to take a year to study the Art Foundation Diploma. I’ve discovered so much about myself, and I have been challenged to explore a variety of different artistic concepts that would not have been open to me had I not chosen to study this course; I feel so much more confident in my skills. I really feel that I will now be in a position to make the most of the Fine Art course at Northumbria when I progress”.

Paris, alongside fellow Art Foundation students, will be exhibiting her work in the end of year Art Exhibition, Tuesday 3rd July. Please contact Lydia Green in Art if you wish to attend.

Click here to find out more about the course, and how to apply.