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

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

We are the only university in Scotland to offer an Art & Design General Foundation course as the first year of its Honours degrees

Start date
September 2024
4 years
Dundee City Campus

The Art & Design General Foundation course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design provides you with an understanding of art and design practice and helps you to identify which of our specialist courses is right for you:

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.

“The course is challenging, but I’m enjoying it. You come up with your curves and your challenging moments, but it’s just what I’d rather be doing. I’m so glad I’m doing this course and not anything else. I’ve made good friends here and everyone is lovely, genuinely.”

Gabriel Davidson, General Foundation student


1st in Scotland for overall satisfaction for Art subjects

National Student Survey 2024

3rd in Scotland for Art & Design

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