College Update: Important information for students & parents
The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is an ideal choice for those wishing to progress to study Art & Design at degree level. Our students’ progress to prestigious institutions and the course has built up an excellent reputation. Creativity, individuality and experimentation are key to success on this course. The intensive, full-time programme emphasises problem-solving, idea generation and critical thinking. You will be encouraged to take creative risks and work outside your comfort zone, learning through exploration.
You will work with a team of experienced and enthusiastic subject specialists and learn through playful experimentation, exploring projects across a range of disciplines, such as Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics and 3D. Throughout a challenging and highly rewarding year, you will be allowed the freedom to discover your own creative specialism and supported in securing your plans for the future. Tutors will guide you through the UCAS application process and help you find the most appropriate course for your future development. Admissions tutors at highly selective institutions look favourably on applicants with a Foundation Diploma.
The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a one year course and is split into 3 stages:
Part 1: Learning Skills and Content
This stage will introduce you to a wide range of activities, delivered by specialist teachers. You will complete a series of set assignments to develop your drawing, making and technical skills across all areas. During this stage, the key focus is development of drawing skills, experimentation with new media and materials, as well as use of historical, contemporary and cultural research to inform your own practice.
You will study in a variety of ways during this stage such as:
Practical studio projects, Gallery and Museum Visits, Art History and Contextual Studies lectures, Group work, reflective practice and critical analysis.
Part 2: Development and Progression
This stage further develops the skills from stage 1 as you make your decisions about your preferred choice of degree subject.
You will develop the following areas of your practice during this stage:
– Develop a portfolio for Degree application / other progression routes
– How to work independently and with confidence
– Ways to take responsibility for research, time-management and planning
– Ways to combine experimental studies
– Media development
– Preparation and progression
Part 3: Project Proposal and Realisation
The qualification finishes with a personal project proposal that requires students to produce a body of work for their final assessment. This will become part of the college’s end of year exhibitions. At this stage you will decide on a theme for your Final Major Project. You will have the opportunity to develop your written analysis and take part in gallery visits to research artists and designers’ work to inform your own practice. The Final Major Project is the culmination of the course and an opportunity to further refine and demonstrate specialist skills.
Life Drawing and Contextual studies are integral elements of the course and these will run throughout the year.
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students secure places on a broad range of exciting and prestigious Art and Design degree courses across the country.
We maintain strong links with universities and recent progression has included: Chelsea College of Arts – Textiles Design, University of Manchester – Architecture, Central St Martins – Graphic Design, Manchester Metropolitan University – 3D Design, London College of Fashion – Fashion and Textiles, University of Huddersfield – Illustration, London Metropolitan University – Fine Art.
UAL (University Arts London)
– 128 UCAS points A Level / BTEC qualifications
– Grade C in an Art related A Level or a DM/DDM in BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma
– Grade C in Maths GCSE, Grade C in English Language. *Please note that applicants without grade C in Maths or English would be required to study for the appropriate GCSE/s alongside the Foundation Diploma
– All applicants must submit a portfolio of work for review as a part of the application process.
BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
For more information about the course, please contact the Art Department: