Art and Design Foundation Studies (Design Pathway) - UAL Level 3 Diploma


About the course

Do you love art and design? Is it your aim to study design at university? If you have A Level or Advanced Vocational Certificate qualifications, or are a mature student who has completed a preparatory art and design course, this course is for you.

You will need a portfolio of work and:

  • 1 A Level and 3 GCSEs (Grades A*- C), including an A or B in Art or a closely related subject, or
  • 2 A Levels and 2 GCSEs (Grades A - C), including A* or B in Art or a closely related subject, or
  • 5 GCSEs (Grades A*- C), including an A or B in Art or a closely related subject, or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma.

Adult students are welcome to have an interview and a review of their prior achievement.

For International students, equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered along with an IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill), or equivalent.

This course gives you an opportunity to try many aspects of art and design within your chosen pathway: design.

The broad experience and skills you acquire on this course will help you to explore your own potential and build a portfolio of work.

You will study contemporary art theory and practice, and will learn traditional skills combined with experimental techniques, including exploring ground-breaking 2D and 3D design materials and processes.

You will also participate in an end-of-year exhibition of work.

You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and presentations. Practical assessment will include a final major project ending with a public exhibition of work.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, awarded by Edexcel.

Following the course, you can progress to a range of related degree courses and a wide range of careers, including in the film and creative industries.

Last year, many of our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students progressed to university, including a high percentage to colleges within The University of the Arts and Goldsmiths College.

Course information

Start date
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09 September 2019

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
35 Weeks
Business, Arts and Technology
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)
School Leavers
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