Art and Design

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Level 3/4

Course overview

Do you have a passion for design? Could you be the next Andy Warhol or Tracey Emin? Do you already have an understanding of the world of art and design? Then this course is designed for applicants just like you. The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is an exciting and challenging course that encourages you to experience a range of art and design subjects in order to discover your preferred career direction. A key element of the course is building a specialist portfolio that is suitable for entry to university, higher education or employment.

Please note that the full time option for this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds. However, if you’re an adult, why not consider our part-time option.

Entry requirements

1 A-level supported by 3 GCSE grades at C and above (Grade 4/5 or above), or a package of AS levels supported by 3 GCSE grades at C and above (Grade 4/5 or above), or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design supported by 3 GCSE grades at C and above (Grade 4/5 or above).

For applicants aged 20+ we will look for appropriate experience and motivation plus a portfolio of work that demonstrates that you have achieved a standard which will enable you to benefit from the course.

Course Modules

- Media experimentation
- Information and interpretation
- Personal experimental studies
- Extended media development
- Final major project

How will I be assessed?

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is coursework based and consists of 7 units split across 3 stages. You will be assessed at the end of each of stage of the course. The modes of assessment will include portfolio reviews, presentations, written assignments and exhibitions of your art/design work.

Please be aware that you will be required to complete 30 hours of relevant work experience alongside this course. Work experience is compulsory to the successful completion of this qualification. The college has excellent links with local employers and a dedicated work experience team who will be on hand to support you when sourcing and undertaking your placement.

What can I do next

After the course learners pursue a range of creative careers including graphic design, illustration, photography, fine art (painting, sculpture, printmaking, video and installation) fashion design (including fashion communication and promotion), product design and art therapy.

Currently 100% of students that apply to university achieve a place, with students progressing to universities throughout the country including: UAL - University of the Arts London (Wimbledon and Camberwell), University of Brighton, UWE Bristol, Falmouth University, Middlesex University London, Bath Spa University, University of Bournemouth, Loughborough University, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Derby, University of Manchester and Birmingham City University.