Foundation in Art and Design

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design provides an essential introduction to the creative arts by encouraging exploration, experimentation, critical awareness and development of ideas. The course will also help students’ communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

The Foundation Art and Design programme provides students with a valuable introduction into a wide range of creative disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to explore a field of interest in more depth, developing their skills, knowledge and preparing them for further education/career opportunities worlds of art and fashion.

Previous foundation students have progressed to do a BA (Hons) degree, or on one occasion a BSc and a couple of MA’s. The following are some progression degree subjects: architecture, painting, sculpture, fine art, product design (rather than 3D design) curating, digital arts, film, and loose visual communication.

Foundation students have gone on to study at a wide range of top UK universities, both in and outside of London, including:

UAL (including Central St Martins, London College of Fashion, Camberwell, London College of Communication, Chelsea and Wimbledon)

  • Goldsmiths University
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Kingston University
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • University of Lincoln
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Ravensbourne University London
  • Kingston University London

Students have taken places in European universities in Berlin and Amsterdam.

What You Will Study

The qualification will enable students to study a broad range of multi-disciplinary art and design subjects with the emphasis placed upon developing practical skills, experimentation, realising ideas and portfolio preparation for progression.

Key Course Information

  • Campus London
  • Awarding body: Pearson
  • Duration 9 months
  • Intakes October
  • Fees UK/EU £4,995
  • Scholarships: Available upon successful application

Course Structure

Exploratory Stage

  • Researching, Recording and Responding in Art and Design
  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design

Pathway Stage

  • Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
  • Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design
  • Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
  • Information and Interpretation in Art and Design
  • Extended Media Development in Art and Design (Art & Design)
  • Extended Media Development in Art and Design (Fashion)
  • Printing

Confirmatory Stage

  • Final Major Project in Art and Design

Confirmatory Stage

Final Major Project in Art and Design

Subjects studied within the units will include:

  • Observational Drawing
  • Concept Drawing
  • Design Drawing
  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Colour Theory and Practice
  • Collage
  • Mixed Media
  • 2-D Art & Design Studies
  • 3-D Art & Design Studies
  • Contextual Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphics and Visual Communication
  • Portfolio preparation

Career Progression

Candidates may progress to degree and HNC/ HND courses in subjects such as Computer Arts and Design, Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Fine Art: Painting, Fine Art: Sculpture, Photography, Fashion, Textile Design, Illustration, Film Production Arts for Screen, Interior Design, Product Design, Architecture.

Entry Requirements

  • Three GCSE passes (C or Above) or Level 2 qualification equivalent

Minimum Age

  • UK/EU students - 16 years old


  • English Proficiency: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent (with one component at 4.5)


  • Mature students with few or no formal qualifications must apply with details of age, work experience, including any voluntary work and any other relevant experience gained since leaving school; or a portfolio of work relevant to the area of study.

We also require:

  • Complete application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Scanned copy of Passport/ID Card
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Last updated July 5, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2019
9 months
5,400 GBP
UK/EU £5,400 (Students aged 19+ are eligible for government funding)
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