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Art and Design Foundation Diploma

What is Foundation Art and Design?

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.

What Will You Study?

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a one year course and is split into 3 stages:

Exploratory Stage

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 the following units during this stage:

– Information and research
– Recording and responding

Pathway Stage

This stage further develops the skills from stage 1 as you make your decisions about your preferred choice of degree subject.

You will study the following units during this stage:

– Information and interpretation
– Combine experimental studies
– Media development
– Preparation and progression

Confirmatory Stage

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.

You will study the following units during this stage:

– Integrating theory and practice
– Personal confirmatory stage

Life Drawing and Art History modules are compulsory elements of the course and these will run throughout the year.

What Next?

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.

Exam Board:


Entry Requirements:

– 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.

Coursework: 100%

Course Type:

BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

For more information about the course, please contact the Art Department:

T: 01772 460 181 ext 2280



TELEPHONE: 01772 460181