Each year, our Foundation students showcase their final projects during our Summer Shows. You can browse the gallery below to explore the work of our Foundation students.
"My work is basically production design for the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Jiyoung Park
“My work is basically production design for the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I went to the Harry Potter studios and did the research for it. I did magical creature shop design and made set models etc.
Before I came here, I hadn’t learned anything related to art and design. It was very interesting and it helped me to become creative and found out what was good for me. I tried the Film pathway at first, but changed because I wanted the opportunity to see if I was interested in product design. I’m going on to study Film in September and can’t wait.”
"I did make-up for a reproduction of Zombieland." – Megan Townend
“I did make-up for a reproduction of Zombieland. I was originally going to do Photography, but decided to do try something different. I wasn’t sure if I was going to go onto university next year, so thought I’d try something new and do the 3D pathway.
“I’m actually staying at AUB to study BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance. I’ve really enjoyed it here, it’s been really fun!”
"All the pieces are made from scrap materials from charity shops." – Esmae Dougherty-Price
“Basically, my work is about preloved objects and reviving them. All the pieces are made from scrap materials from charity shops. It’s juxtaposing childhood and adulthood and bringing things to life.
“I have a natural interest in humour and childlike themes within my work, and I have an interest in painting and sculpture, so I wanted to try and combine that. There’s a strong theme of childhood so people can relate in a way. Some of the pieces are interactive.
“I’m glad I did my Foundation. I thought I’d go into my degree knowing exactly what my specialism was, but upon doing the Foundation, I developed my own style, which is what I was worried about in the first place. I knew I wanted to do Fine Art, but wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with it. Now it’s given me more confidence and freedom with my work.
“I’m going to stay at AUB to study BA (Hons) Fine Art.”
"I have designed an app which combines sport and travel together." Stewart Humphreys
“I have designed an app which combines sport and travel together. So it’s encouraging a wider audience to go to football matches and encouraging people to make a mini weekend away holiday of it. Say if you were going to Manchester but you’ve never been there before, the app would allow you to book your hotel for a couple of nights and have a look at different attractions of activities, depending on whether you’re going as a family or with a group of friends.
It’s been really good, especially for Foundation. There’s a lot of different materials and elements that you can work with, that I don’t think you’d get if you did a Foundation at college. Stuff like tutor feedback is really good for helping develop your ideas, it’s been a really good course overall. I’m staying here and doing Visual Communication in September, I’m really looking forward to that.”
Testament of Youth
"My work is inspired by a book called Testament of Youth, which is a memoir from World War One." Hannah Stote
Testament of Youth
“My work is inspired by a book called Testament of Youth, which is a memoir from World War One. The author, Vera Britton, was a volunteer nurse. The book is about how she was going to go to Oxford for University, but instead she decided to become a nurse. Then she subsequently lost her fiancée and her brother throughout the war. It’s about her account of the war as a woman.
The idea of loss and innocence and grief. That’s the main basis of my work, and it’s also influenced by childrenswear from that period as well. High bust lines and smocking with all the layers, sort of the child-likeness of it. The knitwear piece sort of unravels, and it’s about how they couldn’t really show their grief at that time, it was quite internalised. I think when the war ended, she felt like she had been left behind. All the people she knew before were gone, so it’s about it falling apart.
I really like this course because our class is only like 20 people, and that’s really nice. You get a lot of contact times with tutors and I think at the bigger universities you don’t really get that.”
A Streetcar Named Desire
"My work began when I was working through this play I like, A Street Car Named Desire..." – Joe Vardy
A Streetcar Named Desire
“My work began when I was working through this play I like, A Street Car Named Desire.
“I was doing my interpretations of it, and my explorations of the characters and things, and I slowly started noticing myself cropping up in it more and more.
“I realised that a lot of the work I was doing applied to me, as well as the characters. From this, it shifted more into how I present myself through it, which is how I ended up with this.”
"Sometimes restriction is positive, a normal hug restricts you in a good way..." Helena Hiegemann
“My pieces are always really big and massive! My starting point was to work with restriction, so I looked at Middle Eastern cultures and feminism and why some women veil. I interviewed some Muslim girls and from their understanding of the Koran I discovered that development was very important.
I looked at different ways of restriction, for example S & M, and also in nature. With bugs and cocoons there is a transformation, a development. I wanted to show that restrictions shouldn’t be accepted. That we have our loose stitches, we can always break out.
Sometimes restriction is positive, a normal hug restricts you in a good way!”
"It’s all about colour association, but with a personal twist." Samuel Prentice
“I’m a person who experiences a thing called synaesthesia. There are different varieties of it, but it’s a thing where, when you listen to music, you see colours very vividly. I’ve had it my whole life but this year I started doing research into it and was like, actually that’s the thing I have!
There’s going to be a sound-scape to go with this piece, and it’s all about my response to how blue makes me feel and how I relate to it and past stories I associate with it. It’s all about colour association, but with a personal twist.
It’s been really really nice. The people have been fantastic, I have not a complaint in the world! Everyone has been really supportive and wonderful about the work that I want to make, but also pushing me in the right direction for what will progress my work. I’m staying here to do Illustration, which I’m so excited about.”
Non Gendered Fashion
"I’ve designed a non-gendered collection, because I believe that’s where fashion is going at the moment..." Jack Capstick
Non Gendered Fashion
“I’ve designed a non-gendered collection, because I believe that’s where fashion is going at the moment. This is a coat that I’ve been working on. The collection is based on a utilitarian, Berlin aesthetic so it’s quite bleak, with grey work wear and denim. But it’s a celebration as well; this year is the 25th anniversary of Germany being a reunified country.
I’ve made two dresses or tunics and a crop top. Tunics especially are an easy platform for guys to wear dresses. I’m looking at gender politics, social politics and how your sex is biological but gender is how you feel. I went on the Foundation study trip to Berlin and fell in love with it.
I’m not local, but I’m so glad I came here to study the Foundation course. I’ve had an amazing time and I’ve loved it. I’m going to Bath Spa University to do Fashion Design.”
German Story of Rapunzel
"I looked at the development of architecture there – you’ll see it’s got a German roof – the rest of it is based on...
German Story of Rapunzel
“I’ve made a tower; it’s a concept model for a CGI film. It can be scanned in using a green screen so animators can move it. It’s based on the German story of Rapunzel, which goes back to the 4th century AD. I looked at the development of architecture there – you’ll see it’s got a German roof – the rest of it is based on ‘round tower’ style, found mainly in Ireland.
It’s made of air drying clay; I’m going to paint it and add grass and trees. It’s got a cracked, weathered look. I am hoping to do BA (Hons) Modelmaking at AUB as I would really like to work on projects for the film industry or for architecture.”
The Count, The Mummy and The Werewolf
"I tried to recreate some of the monsters..." – Vicki Patoulioti
The Count, The Mummy and The Werewolf
“My work is based on a Stephen King book. I tried to recreate some of the monsters inside the book, so I created the count, the mummy and the werewolf. I read the book when I was 16, and these are the monsters had a huge influence on me. When I read the book I was really scared! So I tried to recreate them how I imagined them to be.
“I’ve really, really enjoyed it. I’ve had the chance to learn new things about myself and skills. I’m planning on going on to study Illustration.”
"The sleeves were meant to symbolise the sunsets in Poole, which is where I’m from, and I always say they have the most...
“My work is based on attachment theories within children, so the idea that to be more independent in life you’re often given a blanket or a toy, something that gives you more of a sense of self other than being attached to your parents.
“So it was based on my own childhood, I had a big knitted blanket, and it kind of went from there. The sleeves were meant to symbolise the sunsets in Poole, which is where I’m from, and I always say they have the most beautiful skies.
“It’s kind of trying to make an adult look like they’re in an overgrown outfit that’s meant to be for children.
“I’m very pleased with how everything turned out. I wasn’t actually going to study Art at all. I was planning on doing Primary Education, but hated it! Then I found out that AUB was doing a Foundation course. I knew I didn’t have the qualifications to get into university directly, so this was my stepping stone! It’s been such an amazing community.”
"I wanted to make them as ridiculous as possible to reflect how ridiculous the gender pay gap situation is..." Chynna Guyat
“My project is a feminist piece. I was looking at jobs in which men get paid more, or where they have more of an opportunity to get to the top, or where there may be sexual harassment. I have been looking at artists like Cindy Sherman who do self-portraits, and these images are of me dressed up for different careers.
I wanted to make them as ridiculous as possible to reflect how ridiculous the situation is, and I was keen not to look at the female form in a sexualised way.
I have a place at the University of Brighton to do photography. I have really enjoyed my time on the Foundation course at AUB. I’m so glad I did it; I’ve learnt so much and have been become much more confident. Everyone who does it says it was their best year.”
"It was about a time when a youth is going into adulthood and they are trying to find their identity. We wanted to capture that,...
“We worked together on this project as a collaboration. It was on youth identity, and the title is New Identities. It was about a time when a youth is going into adulthood and they are trying to find their identity. We wanted to capture that, but also in a fashion context as well.
We did a lot of things together and changed roles a lot. For example, he was in charge of finding the model and doing the styling. He was in charge of shooting 35mm film. I was in charge of finding the location and shooting digital.
We’re both staying at AUB to study Commercial Photography.”
"I’ve created vegan food packaging. The boxes contain ingredients so you can make your own meal." Emma McKell
“I’ve created vegan food packaging. The boxes contain ingredients so you can make your own meal. They open on the sides to let the plants breathe and it creates an interesting packaging so it stands out and is eye catching.
I’m not actually vegan, but I have a lot of friends who are, and they always tell me how there’s not enough food products in supermarkets where they can just whip up a meal. It’s really frustrating for them because they have to really think about what they’re going to make.
It’s been really fun and creative and experimental. They’re really lenient with everything we can do, and quite supportive and give really good guidance.
I’m going to study Graphic Design here next year and see how that goes, otherwise I might go into Visual Communication.”
Fruit and Veg
"I recorded the people that work on markets and what they say..." Ellen Walpole
Fruit and Veg
“I’m doing a project on London street markets and preserving the tradition. I’m specifically looking at fruit and veg sellers and the old fashioned signage that they used to use. I have recorded the people that work there and what they say, and I have been drawing it out and painting it on fruit crates.
I’m also going to make some postcards of my work and give them out at the markets.
I’ve had a really good time on the Foundation course, and I’m going to do BA (Hons) Visual Communication at AUB.”
"I focused on endangered birds and conservation. I wanted to do something that I was interested in, and I love animals." –...
“The idea was to create a garment that would help raise awareness around a charity or organisation, and then the proceeds would go towards helping that charity. So I chose to create a design for a silk scarf, and chose to design it for Whistles.
“I focused on endangered birds and conservation. I wanted to do something that I was interested in, and I love animals. When I started, I realised it was so broad. There’s so many endangered animals, so I wanted to narrow it down. I went to the Hawk Conservancy and thought the textures, colour, patterns of birds would work really well.
“I’ve loved my Foundation. I had an idea that I wanted to do Textiles before I came into it, but I’ve learned so much. I’d never used Photoshop before I came here, but now my whole design has been done on Photoshop. It’s a really good course, I’m really pleased I did it. I’m staying here at AUB to study BA (Hons) Textiles from September.”
"I’ve always been really interested in Icelandic mythology and was fascinated by trolls as a child." Matilda Harbour
“I wanted to look at mythology, and I knew I wanted to create a piece for costume or something for a theatrical production. I’ve always been really interested in Icelandic mythology and was fascinated by trolls as a child.
I read loads of different stories and tales and myths, and this particular story I was familiar with from when I was young. I thought it would be a cool creature to create.
It’s got a steel wire frame, which has been spot welded. Then it’s got cabling to create a light weight frame with as few gaps as possible. Then I covered it in a layer of papier mâché newsprint, just to give it a hard shell. Then it’s got panelling of wadding over the top of that, which took about seven hours to dry in my small porch!
It’s covered in ink mixed with PVA and then tissue paper. I’m staying at AUB to do Make-up. I did the Foundation to get onto the course. I’m really looking forward to the hair and wigs aspect, and the special effects make-up. I’m leaning towards theatrical make-up because that’s what I like.”
ADHD Awareness Campaign
"I'm looking at how it can be treated with things like music instead of drugs..." Ben Greening
ADHD Awareness Campaign
“The theme of my project is ADHD, which I have. I thought it would be cool to learn a little bit about myself. It’s an awareness campaign to get parents to get their kids tested at a younger age. I didn’t find drugs helped me, so I am off them now.
I’ve also done some research about the pre-frontal cortex. The colour you see is from food colouring, which is linked to ADHD. I’m making an A2 poster and a 12 page zine to go with it, about signs and symptoms and how it can be treated with things like music instead of drugs. “
"My work is centred around the idea of alienation." Kiara Corales
“My work is centred around the idea of alienation. It’s more evident through the photos that I took, I covered people’s faces, so it’s almost like I’m removing their identity. It’s the questions of identity that arise from alienation that I’m looking at.
The campus is really nice. It’s a really cosy with good facilities and the tutors are really helpful.
During A Levels I mostly did paintings, now I’ve been doing more photography and 3D which I enjoy much more.”