The Foundation Course
in Art and Design:
A History Uncovered,
A Future Imagined

The Foundation Course
in Art and Design:
A History Uncovered,
A Future Imagined

Paris College of Art (PCA)

May 1, 2013
The Foundation Course in Art and Design:A History Uncovered, A Future Imagined

The Foundation Course in Art and Design: A History Uncovered, A Future Imagined

A collaboration between ‘Art School Educated’ (Tate Research) and Paris College of Art.

Paris College of Art will host two events in June exploring the history and future of the Foundation course in Art and Design education.

“A History Uncovered”
June 5th at Tate Britain

This event features a closed, discursive forum with art educators who have helped shape the history of the foundation course since its implementation.

“A Future Imagined”
June 28th and 29th at Paris College of Art

We invite educators, artists, designers, writers, and historians to take part in a two-day event re-imagining the future of foundation teaching. Through practical workshops that include (but are not limited to) drawing, performance, writing, curating, code, collaboration, 3D making and video, we aim to discover new ways of thinking about how we teach.

The program includes:

Setting the Scene
Professor Nigel Llewellyn, Head of Research, Tate, Project Leader “Art School Educated”

Discussion of the findings from the recent Tate Research forum “A History Uncovered” and introduction to themes surrounding the place of Foundation studies in higher art education.

Chloe Briggs (Chair of Foundation, Paris College of Art) and Hester Westley (Research Fellow, “Art School Educated,” Tate)

This lecture will situate Foundation studies in a variety of historical cultural contexts, working to understand how schools used the course to privilege a range of values and understandings of art education. This talk will include a screening of archival footage of influential art educators in the classroom/studio.

Sarah Rowles (Q-Arts):

Rowles will share her findings from Q-Art’s latest research project: a forthcoming publication titled “10 Methods: 20 Questions.” The book explores UK Foundation courses alongside other pedagogical methods that access the transformative potential of art education. The book is supported by the Higher Education Academy.


“Visual Systems”
Mark Webster, President of Free Art Bureau an association dedicated to digital artists and designers; Professor at Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design d’Amiens, France.

“The Sentence Crit: Dialectics of Looking, Writing and Talking,”
Annika Marie, Writer and Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Art and Design Department, Columbia College, Chicago, U.S.

“The Museum of…”
Ann Jones, Artist and Senior Lecturer in Further Education (Fine Art Pathway Leader and Contextual Studies Co-ordinator, Diploma in Art and Design, Foundation Studies) University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, U.K.

“Psychological Tool”
Jude Lewis, Sculptor and Associate Professor; School of Art and Design, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, U.S.

30 seconds/ ONE CUT”
Katie McKee, Artist and Senior Lecturer, FE Access, and MA Fine Art, UCA, Canterbury, U.K.

“Communicating Space”
Kelly Chorpening, Artist and Course Leader BA (Hons) Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London, U.K.

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