Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

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2019 ENTRY

Applications for 2019 entry are still open! This post-A Level course helps you develop and grow in your art discipline, progressing to the most selective universities in the field or making effective applications to posts in the industry.


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This is a post-A Level course endorsed by University of the Arts, London (UAL) which comprises Central St Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Fashion, London College of Communication, Camberwell College of Arts and Wimbledon College of Arts.

Successful candidates will be expected to have a minimum of 96 UCAS points (2017 tariff) including 32 points from at least one relevant creative A level or vocational course in either Arts or Media. Students must also have a portfolio demonstrating suitable potential for the course and a satisfactory reference from their previous school or college.*

A UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design qualification is the equivalent of three A Levels. Being a Level 4 course, it does not attract UCAS points but is still recognised and accepted by universities across the UK.

Recent students completing the course have successfully gained places at, amongst others, the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University, Goldsmiths at University of London, Glasgow School of Art, Slade School of Fine Art at UCL, Falmouth School of Art, Central St Martins, London College of Fashion, Chelsea College of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

The Foundation Diploma is mainly practical and vocational. You will be required to keep a written journal of ideas to record your progression and also notes from Art History lectures.

There are no fees for students aged 18 or under on the 31st August prior to the start of the course. If you are 19 or above the course fees at the time of going to press are £2065, to cover tuition and exam entry. A payment plan is available on request.

Course summary

The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course is designed to build upon experiences and skills acquired at A Level. The aim of the course is to help you develop a broad and mature portfolio and the confidence to work independently as an art and design practitioner.

Professionalism, independence, confidence, decision making and, above all, risk taking will be the key skills that you will develop. You will make regular visits to local and London exhibitions and have the opportunity to take part in a residential study trip in the autumn term.

You will be encouraged to produce rigorous personal exploration of challenging themes, working with new and varied media to inspire your research into what art and design is and why we produce it. There is an expectation that you will develop effective, intellectual-based enquiry in your studies, take part in group discussions and investigate historical and contemporary artists and designers relevant to your own work.

The course is challenging and designed to prepare students for the rigours of study in higher education and the competitive nature of employment in the creative industries. Our approach is very experimental and diagnostic. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of media and processes before specialising. If you are serious about art and design as a career, this course will enable you to apply to the most selective universities in the field, or to make effective applications to posts in the industry.

You will benefit from a dedicated studio and have additional access to specialist facilities such as a darkroom, ceramics studio, design workshop, textiles and printmaking studio and graphics/digital photography suites. The department works with both PC and Apple Mac computers. Teaching staff and technicians are all highly experienced and practitioners in their own right.

Portfolio guidance – preparing your portfolio for interview

*Please note that candidates offered a place on this course have a responsibility to inform the college of their grades on A level results day. Those with the necessary grades are automatically accepted; candidates who have narrowly failed to meet the UCAS points but were offered a provisional offer based on their portfolio will have their case re-examined and be informed of the outcome within 48 hours of receipt of grade details.

For further information please contact the course leader, Rob French: [email protected]


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