Student Stories: Francesca Tiley, New Fine Art Foundation Course

As the application deadline for The Prince’s Drawing School’s New Fine Art Foundation Course draws near, we caught up with Francesca Tiley, one of this year’s cohort, to find out what her experience of the course had been so far…


What drew me towards the New Fine Art Foundation Course was the intimate nature of the course and its focus on drawing. With a smaller number of students than most other Foundation courses, I knew that I would receive all of the possible help and advice needed when choosing a university and degree. I’m in the middle of building my portfolio and have received an incredible amount of support from the tutors. The emphasis on drawing has also been eye-opening as it has definitely shaped the way in which I now look and analyse the visual world.

The variety of tutors available to us on the course has been really enriching.There is always someone to talk to about your work and, as each come from different fine art specialisms, you’re able to gain a range of perspectives. Whilst on the course I’ve been introduced to a number of new methods. Sculpture and book making are two that I’ve particularly enjoyed. As I plan to study Graphic Design at university, these experiences have been invaluable as they’ve encouraged me to approach projects from a different perspective. Having the opportunity to learn new methods has also helped me to determine my strengths and weaknesses. This was very useful to me when I was choosing a suitable degree course.

Whilst I don’t intend to follow a path in fine art, having chosen to study a design related degree at university, the techniques which I am learning on the course are still relevant to my work. I’ve found that the course has provided me with basic and core skills which were never taught at A-Level, such as analytical drawing and colour awareness through painting.

Applications for the New Fine Art Foundation Course close this Friday 15th February. To apply or find out more click here


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