Kings Art Foundation
at Bristol International College

Start your Art and Design Foundation in Bristol

The Kings Art and Design Foundation is a well established, one-year programme of study, designed to prepare students for progression to creative arts degrees at the UK’s leading universities and specialist arts institutions.

Kings Art Foundation programme in Bristol is delivered in collaboration with Bristol International College (BIC). BIC is a modern, independent sixth form college. We welcome ambitious students looking to complete their Art Foundation.

We offer an education built for the modern global world; one which fits entirely around the individual needs of our students. Get in touch to arrange a visit and to meet our staff.

We welcome enquiries and applications for our January and September 2024 start dates.

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The Kings Difference

Kings Art and Design Foundation at BIC, Bristol offers the ideal course and environment to explore and define your own creative practice and to make you the best candidate for your chosen art and design degree.

Below are some reasons why:

1. Student-centred ethos

  • Highly personalised approach to learning and pastoral development
  • Friendly and empowering college community — on a human scale

2. Optimised tuition and guidance

  • Very small class sizes
  • Maximum contact time with subject specialists and professional artists
  • Guest lectures, portfolio and career guidance from specialist university staff

3. Specialist facilities

  • We provide the specialist facilities and resources you need to maximise your creativity
  • Bright, well-equipped studio; your own dedicated workspace which you can access in class and outside class hours

4. Acceptance by the best art institutions in the UK

Kings students’ recent degree progression includes:

  • Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (UCL)
  • Animation, Bristol School of Animation, Bower Ashton Studios, UWE Bristol
  • History of Art, University of Bristol
  • Fashion Design, Istituto Marangoni (Milan)
  • Product and Furniture Design, Kingston University
  • Fashion, Ravensbourne
  • Jewellery and Silversmithing, UCA
  • Graphic Design, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Graphic and Media Design, London College of Communication (UAL)
  • Fine Art, Norwich University of the Arts
  • Photography, Kingston University
  • Fashion Design, University of Southampton

“I was looking for a school with a more progressive, less traditional and more flexible philosophy regarding my son's education. The school feels more like a university than a traditional school and my son has always told me that he feels more like he is treated as an equal by his teachers rather than as a child. This measured and intelligent approach has led time and time again to positive outcomes for both my son and the school. The teachers at Kings have been great. The small class sizes have no doubt helped a lot, but the personal commitment offered by his teachers has been second to none”

Parent of Kings student

5. Global reach and opportunities

  • Develop a global outlook sharing ideas and concepts with students from around the world
  • University and Arts School campus visits
  • Assess opportunities for further study in the UK or overseas
“As it is a smaller college, the teachers can really focus on each individual person. Because I can call the teachers by their first names everything feels very personal here - it kind of feels like a big family home. I am really enjoying myself here, I really like it, I feel really welcome and at home.”
Annabelle Greenaway progressed to BA (Hons) Games Art and Design at Norwich University of the Arts.

Get in touch today

We'd love to hear from you and to arrange a personal consultation with our Principal, Mr John Milne and specialist colleagues. Use the form to register your interest and ask any questions about taking your Art and Design Foundation with us.

Your future starts today. With Kings Art and Design Foundation in Bristol!


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01273 443 403
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0117 374 4888

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The Kings Admissions Team