The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course has 3 stages. It operates at Level 3 in the first two and then moves to Level 4 in the last stage. It prepares students to work well at degree level, and studies have shown that those who undertake a Foundation course prior to university are more successful. It is a folder preparation course, recommended by top universities and is a recognised and valued route for Art & Design students in all areas. The Exploratory Stage introduces various specialist areas such as Graphics, Textiles, 3D Design, Printmaking, Fine Art and Photography. We encourage all students to try different things and to find out through practical experience what is preferred. The Pathway Stage allows you to specialise in one or two areas that you enjoy most and finally the Confirmatory Stage, develops your own ideas for a final major project, working more independently and being responsible for the structuring and production of work.

The FAD programme includes numerous trips and events which are integrated into the programme. The course is involved with live events at The New Art Gallery Walsall. Students are encouraged to make use of this relationship in their work. Private study is required, and the course offers opportunities to gain further qualifications in Functional Skills English, Maths and or ICT.

Please note – This course is for students with IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent)

All course fees are payable per year

Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change, you may be withdrawn from your programme.


You must have a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR)

English qualification to apply for a student visa. To study a level 3 qualification, you will need an IELTS score of 5.0 (or equivalent) and qualifications at the following levels e.g.

• India – Higher Secondary (12 Grade) • Middle East – Secondary Diploma (Tawjihiyah) • China/ Hong Kong – Senior Secondary School Certificate • Africa – West African Senior School Certificate.

You will be required to take part in an initial assessment to ensure that the course and level of study are suited to your ability.


Students taking the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design and Diploma in Foundation Studies have progressed onto a wide range of university courses including; Architecture, Product Design, Fine Art, Animation, Fashion and Textiles, Constructed Textiles


£5,000 per year

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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