Whether you've come to the subject through an interest in global relations, politics, or even a love for American television shows, our expert-led courses let you design your degree to suit your strengths and interests.
This course is designed for talented UK students with an interest in all things American and Canadian but whose personal circumstances make achieving our usual entry requirements difficult (see Personal Circumstances below for more information).
Through a range of engaging modules spanning the arts and humanities, the foundation year gives you an opportunity to develop key skills such as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and digital capability. Your foundation year tutors will support you in developing the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence for undergraduate study.
During the foundation year you will be a full member of the university, with all the opportunities this offers, including the same accommodation options as direct entry students.
Upon progressing from the foundation year to the four-year American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad) BA you'll explore American and Canadian history, literature and culture, selecting optional modules on everything from North American politics, music, art, film and television. You can also experience North America, by studying abroad for a year at a US or Canadian university.
What do past students say about the Arts Foundation Year?
"Despite arriving at Nottingham with less than perfect A-level results I have gone on to achieve first class marks so far during my time at university. The catalyst for that change is not only the support networks, but also the variety of assessment methods. I admit that I hate exams! But I discovered that in essays I perform really well. Because the foundation year has a really wide variety of different assessments, you can find your niche and start to improve yourself." Calvin, a past Arts Foundation Year student