Art Foundation

Foundation studies 

Art & design   

Throughout my time as Headteacher of Lawrence Sheriff, Art and Design has been an area of particular strength. I am delighted that we are now able to make the logical step of offering a foundation course in the subject. I would like to encourage you to complete your foundation year with us at Lawrence Sheriff. I can promise you excellent teaching and first class support and guidance. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lawrence Sheriff community. 

Dr Peter Kent (Headteacher)      



The Foundation in Art & Design at Lawrence Sheriff School is an exciting course available to post A-Level students or adult learners with relevant experience. The introduction of this course to the Art Departments portfolio is a natural development and a reflection of the broad vision for innovative learning across the school as a whole. 


Michael Hickling (Course Leader) 

For Application Form please go to the Downloads tab and click on the Community link.


More about the course:  

The central location of Rugby makes it an excellent place to study a foundation in art & design, with exceptionally good road and rail links to all of the major cities from Birmingham to London in the south and Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds in the North and beyond. Rugby has historically been a Town with a proven track record for providing excellent educational opportunities for young people and the introduction of a Foundation in Art & Design is a natural progression for the Creative Faculty at Lawrence Sheriff School.   

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to explore a wide range of materials for expressing your thoughts and feelings, this enables you to identify which area of art and design you would like to pursue. On doing so individuals are encouraged to choose a specific pathway which will ultimately take you to the area of specialism identified. Whilst travelling down this pathway tutor support is provided to enable independent learning as the course progresses.  

Entry Requirements 

Prior to entry onto the course students must have achieved a minimum of five A*-C grade GCSE’s (or equivalents) these must include English and Mathematics and two A-C grade A-Level’s (or equivalents) these must include Art and/or Design Technology. Exceptions only apply to mature students with other relevant skills or experience; so long as they can provide a portfolio of work to the required standard.   


Course Content and Progression 

The Foundation in Art and Design is designed for students to extend their knowledge and understanding of Art through the practice of making and historical, critical and contextual studies. The course has a strong emphasis on analyzing and researching creative ideas; the introduction to this being through lectures from tutors and visiting speakers.  You will be allocated a personal tutor in stage two whose expertise matches your chosen area of study; this tutor will guide you towards good working practice resulting in the production of a portfolio of work that can be used for interview purposes. Students from Lawrence Sheriff School have been successful in applying for a wide range of courses including illustration, graphic design, fashion, architecture, environmental design, theatre design, photography, film, animation, and fine art including sculpture, printing, painting, ceramics and multi media courses.    


Information for Applicants  - Please click here for an application

Lawrence Sheriff School welcomes students with appropriate qualifications and/or experience. We welcome students of all ages of differing backgrounds and cultures. 


Application Process 

Complete an application form and submit to the FAD Admissions Office by the end of February in the planned year of study. Once submitted this will form the first stage of the interview process and a personal interview will normally follow. 

Application forms are available from: FAD Admissions Office, The Creative Faculty, Lawrence Sheriff School, Clifton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3AG 

Tel: 01788 542074               Fax: 01788 567962   Email:  

Please note that this for requires the reference from a teacher, tutor or employer. Deferred places are not given. 


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