Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Level: Level 3

Where will this course lead?

The Foundation diploma is a studio- based course, working in a creative, exciting environment. You will be working on practical activities, making art and design work in various workshops, with specialist staff and facilities.
The course is aimed at anyone interested in developing their art and design skills and for those with a view to progressing onto degree level study.

The course will also give you a vast range of employability skills.

What will I study?

The course is designed to enable students to experiment and explore a wide variety of art and design areas and produce a portfolio of work aimed at Higher level applications.
Possible areas of study include;

- Art history and theory – through research and gallery visits
- Drawing development
- Painting
- Graphic design
- Life drawing
- Textiles
- Printmaking
- Exploring materials and techniques
- Photography/digital imaging
- Presentation skills
- Video production

Working in various studio spaces, you will create work that responds to a project brief using a range of techniques and media.

How will this course be delivered?

You will study up to a maximum of 20 hours per week over a maximum of 4 days. Classes generally run between 9am-5pm but may vary.

Timetables will be given to all students during enrolment and induction week.

There are 7 units across the year of study, which are all internally assessed. Six units are delivered through projects and workshops and the final unit is delivered through a final major project.

What qualifications will I get?

You will achieve a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (QCF)

How will I be assessed?

The first 6 units are assessed at pass or fail. The remaining unit is assessed at pass, merit or distinction at level 4 by your tutors.

How do I get a place on the course?

You must complete an application form. Once your application has been registered you will be invited to attend an interview to determine your suitability for the subject and level.

Places on the course are offered following a successful interview where you must present a portfolio of your work and produce a positive reference.

You will also be invited to attend a welcome day in late June, where you will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of current students work, meet the teaching team and other students who will be beginning the course in September.

What are the entry requirements?

Students will normally be expected to have successfully completed AS/A2 level studies in Art or a related subject, or to have successfully completed an Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

Applications from mature students without this experience are welcomed.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

What else do I need to know?

At the start of the course, trips to galleries take place, which will be an additional cost. There is an expectation to visit galleries independently and there is an opportunity to take part in a European trip, which will be relevant to your programme of study.

You will need to provide all basic creative materials and equipment; these items can be purchased from the college shop. The equipment you use will be dependent on your chosen pathway and you will need to ensure you have the appropriate, specialist materials.

Good levels of English and maths are important for success on your course, your chosen vocation and life. English and maths skills are embedded throughout your specialist pathway.

If you have not achieved a A*/9 – c/4 grade in English or maths at GCSE, or a level 2 functional skill, you can choose to be working towards achieving that qualification at the appropriate level.

You will also need to provide any additional stationery which is required for your coursework.

What can I do after this course?

Progression from this course normally moves into higher education onto a HND or BA Hons in Fine Art or a related subject. This could lead to careers in design for Fine Art practice, museum/exhibition work, illustration or teaching.

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
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Blossomfield Campus




N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds


Full Time