With a maximum intake of 50 students on the course the School is able to offer students a high level of both academic and pastoral support throughout the year, fostering a tight knit community of peers, staff and teaching faculty. Many alumni continue to be involved with the School after graduation.
During the first term of The Foundation Year, the majority of students apply to undergraduate courses at universities in the UK and abroad. Our experienced staff will guide students through the UCAS application process from start to finish; from researching the right course, to portfolio preparation and mock interviews. Since the inception of the course in 2012, all students applying through UCAS have been awarded places at top-ranking universities such as the Slade, UAL, Goldsmiths, Falmouth and Glasgow. Guidance is also offered to those seeking to progress directly to apprenticeships and the workplace.
Personal Tutors are key to the development of student practice throughout the year. Students will be partnered with their Personal Tutors in Week 5, allowing time to match the specialisms and the needs of each student. They will guide students in the progression of their personal projects through regular one-to-one tutorials throughout each term. Course Leaders Sharon Beavan and Gethin Evans will also meet with students on a regular basis making sure they are on track, offering their collective advice and experience. In additon, tutorials with various other faculty members are arranged for students on a rotational basis. These tutors, who are also practicing artists, will share their expertise, listen to ideas and provide a new perspective on student practice.
Students have access to pastoral support throughout their time on The Foundation Year enabling them to speak in confidence with Foundation Year staff. At the start of the each term individual meetings will be scheduled with the Foundation Programme Manager to identify the support required by each student. The School operates an ‘open door’ policy at all times allowing students to speak to staff at any point throughout the week. In addition, we have strong ties with organisations within the local community including an external counselling service, ensuring student needs are met if they fall outside our expertise. Students receive a Student Handbook on the induction day at the start of the year which provides information on publicly available student support in the form of local GP services, drop-in centres and specialist support organisations.
We encourage students to make contact with us so we can identify if we have (or are able to put in place) appropriate facilities and support for individual student needs. These might include visual and hearing impairments, dyslexia and dyspraxia, autistic spectrum conditions, ADD and ADHD, long-term health problems or other special needs. Unfortunately Trinity Buoy Wharf is not accessible by wheelchair at present.
The tutors really care about helping and teaching you - you're a person with a personality, not just a number.Foundation Year student, 2016