The fast-track pathway to Art and Design at university

The specialist fast-track pathway will prepare you for an Art and Design degree in just two years,

Complete Art and Design A-levels in Year 1, and your Art Foundation in Year 2.

All in the same place, with state-of-the-art facilities and excellent teaching.

  • 1-year A-level programme, with 2 Art and Design related subjects
  • 1-year Art Foundation course

Fast-track pathway to an Art and Design degree

Within the UK, it is standard for those students studying Art and Design at university to complete a one-year Art Foundation course after completing a two-year A-level course and before beginning their degree. This, therefore, generally means an extra year of further/higher education study for those who focus on this subject area.

The fast-track Art pathway in Oxford will give students the chance to complete both their A-levels and Art Foundation course in just two years.

They spend Year 1 completing Art and Design A-levels in two of the following subjects:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design

They will then spend Year 2 completing their Art Foundation course, before progressing to their chosen university and degree course. All with the support of our specialist UCAS counsellors.

Year 1: A-levels

Key facts

Start dates:

  • 5 September 2022


  • Kings Oxford

Course length

  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)


  • Average 7 hours per week per subject, plus homework and private study

Entry requirements

  • Academic: Completed 10-11 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
  • Language: Minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Minimum age

  • 16

A-level subjects

Fine Art

  • Fine art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression.
  • You will explore practical and critical/contextual work through the disciplines of painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, lens-based image making.
  • You will communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. 

Graphic Design

  • You will explore practical and critical/contextual work through the disciplines of advertising, illustration, branding, information design.
  • You will be required to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
  • You will learn how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts


  • Allows you to expand your creative horizons through taking and editing photographs
  • Teaches you about a whole range of photographic techniques and processes
  • Helps you to develop an understanding of the creative process
A-level Photography factsheet A-level Fine Art factsheet


A-level Graphic Design factsheet

Year 2: Art and Design Foundation

Key facts

Start dates

  • 6 September 2021


  • Kings Oxford 

Course length

  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)


  • Average 21 hours per week (plus homework and private study)

Entry requirements

  • Academic: Completed 11 years of schooling with proof of good grades
  • English: IELTS 5.0

Minimum age

  • 16.5
More about Art Foundation

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