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Art & Design Foundation Diploma Level 3/Level 4

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
  • We will expect students who have been directed along academic routes, with a 4/​C or above in A Levels and a portfolio of independent work

How The Course Will Be Assessed

A range of assessment methods will be used. Much emphasis is set on critques, presentations and improving your ability to discuss your progress and concepts. 1 – 1 tutorials, self and peer assessment develop independent learning skills during formative stages. Summative assessment at the end of unit 1 and 2 is based on work-based projects, academic writing and the development of a stunning portfolio of work, which will showcase your wide range of skills and can be used to present to university admissions or potential employers as well as the general public at the Stamford Arts Centre in January. Your final unit and grade is assessed a Level 4 and is based on your own self generated project and the end of year exhibition is internally assessed by tutors and externally moderated by UAL.

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 additional resources and 3 – 4 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 units:

  • Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice
  • Developing Specialist Practice
  • Consolidating Practice

Which includes the following Criterion:

  • Context- Understanding and application of subject knowledge and underlying principles
  • Research- Identification and investigation of a range of academic, ethical and cultural sources
  • Development of Creative Practice- Skills to enable the realisation of ideas, appropriate to creative practice
  • Problem Solving- Solve problems and adapt to unforeseen challenges in the realisation of creative practice
  • Planning, progress and production- Management of own learning and progress through active reflection, negotiation, planning, self-direction, subject engagement and commitment
  • Evaluation and Reflection- Taking active responsibility for own learning, development and decision making using critically evaluative and reflective skills
  • Communicating and Presenting a Creative Practice- Communicating and presenting a creative, individual or collaborative personal practice.

Work-based Learning

Fundamental to the course is the exploration of creative practice and identification of progression pathways. Students will be guided through career options and guided through UCAS. In addition, we have close links with professional practitioners and students have the opportunity to talk to these as well as receive advice when curating and advertising their exhibitions. Many projects also include live briefs and students are encouraged to develop networking skills with practitioners within their specialism.

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, Mac, 3D workshop and print making facilities. As well as a resourced base room which includes ceramics, printmaking, 3D, drawing and painting equipment. You will be provided with your own cubical to display your work.

Alongside all of this you’ll also have weekly timetabled periods in the photographic studios which includes traditional dark room facilities. As well as access to specialist tutition and rooms such as textile graphics and print areas as part of a series of rolling workshops.


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