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Art and Design Foundation Diploma level 3 – C0753

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Course Overview

Our established BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a one-year intensive course over three to four days per week. It is designed to enhance your capacity to learn and develop those faculties and skills which lead to independent learning and critical awareness.

This is a full-time course which will explore a wide range of art and design disciplines and is for students wishing to progress to art and design courses at university.

This course is designed for learners aged 18+ who have already studied at Level 3 and wish to undertake an intensive and exploratory pathway that will lead to a HE course within the creative industries.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course is an informative, challenging, and enjoyable year during which you will be able to experience new creative ideas and work processes, engage with students and tutors and make successful progress to your chosen degree or career destination. It will also be a period of intensive, rapid study with emphasis placed on your capacity for critical analytical thinking, research, experimentation, and the capacity to respond positively to constructive critical appraisal of work. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of disciplines, including painting and drawing; life studies; 3D studies in sculpture; design; textiles; printmaking; graphic communications; time-based media; and contextual studies. The foundation diploma allows you to choose your specialist area with a view towards higher education.

Entry Requirements

You will need to give one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance in your last place of study or work. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required. You will need an additional two GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, plus one A level in art and design or a suitable art-based extended diploma plus portfolio.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

All units are assessed through practical assignments.

You will receive formative assessments and feedback that will inform you of the grade you are working towards. We will set targets that inform you how to improve.
There are no examinations or external assessments on this course.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £3500.00

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

Successful completion allows direct entry to higher education. this could be to our own foundation degrees in fashion, footwear, photography, graphics and e-media or artistic make up or to national institutes.

The course would also equip you with skills to seek employment at junior level within the creative art and design industries.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. 

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