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Art & Design Foundation Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design has an enviable reputation for excellence with high rates of progression and many students being accepted onto high-calibre degree courses at prominent universities to study a range of specialist subjects. Run through the University of the Arts, London, this course follows the Bauhaus Model to develop your contextual and practical skills through experimental learning.


What Does The Programme Include

You will be set a series of projects in conjunction with short and often group assignments which investigate the development of ideas and concepts, that run parallel to a series of practical workshops in a range of media and contextual exploration. This includes, painting, printmaking, life-drawing, textiles, spatial design, sculpture/​3D, photography, film, graphic design, and illustration.

Through media, you will explore alternative and innovative ways in which your project topic can be interpreted, drawing on multiple disciplines.

Entry Requirements

  • One arts-based A Level or a merit in a vocationally relevant qualification such as an Extended Diploma and 5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English
  • Merit grade at Level 3 Diploma or equivalent
  • You will be required to provide a portfolio at interview

How The Course Will Be Assessed

A range of assessment methods will be used including tutorial, presentations, academic essays and work-based projects. A stunning portfolio of work will be generated throughout the year, which will showcase your wide range of skills and can be used to present to university admissions or potential employers. Much emphasis is set on critiques, presentations and improving your ability to discuss your progress and concepts.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£5,421 for students 19+. This course is free for students aged 18 on entry and students aged 19 – 23 may be entitled to fee remission if they haven’t previously achieved a Level 3 qualification. A studio fee £160 will cover the cost of resources and day trips.

Potential Future Career

You will gain 80 UCAS points for a pass, 96 for a merit and 112 for a distinction. This course is the preferred qualification for most art based courses at university and will enable you to further develop your portfolio for progression to further study or employment.

Course Content

The Foundation Diploma is split in to three parts:

• Learning skills and context

• Development and progression

• Proposal and realisation

Which includes the following units:

  • Art and design research methods (Core)
  • Art and design ideas development (Core)
  • Art and design materials methods (Core)
  • Art and design evaluation and reflection (Core)
  • Integrated art and design, research, ideas and methods (Core)
  • Preparation for progression in art and design (Core)
  • Art and design project proposal and realisation (Core)

Work-based Learning

You will end your course by completing a progression unit, which explores careers and offers UCAS advice. This will expose you to a variety of progression possibilities. In addition, we have close links with professional practitioners who can help you advertise, organise and curate your own exhibitions.

Course Trips

Typically you will have the opportunity to take part in three day trips per year. Venues vary and in the past have included the V and A, Tate Modern London and Liverpool, The National Portrait Gallery and the Imperial War Museum. You will also have the opportunity to join a one week residential trip in a European City such as Paris.


Competitions are open to students each year and you will be encouraged to enter. Previous students have won or have been runners up in a variety of competitions covering areas such as fine art, design and publishing.


You will have access to PC and Mac facilities, as well as a well resourced base room which includes ceramics, printmaking, 3D drawing and painting equipment. You will be provided with your own cubical to decorate with your creative ideas.

Alongside all of this you’ll also have weekly timetabled periods in the photographic studios which includes traditional dark room facilities.


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