Graduate Diploma in Art & Design


Program Description

If you are student who wants to study an Art or Design programme at Master’s level but do not have a relevant undergraduate degree or if you are an international student who has completed an Art & Design degree outside of the UK and are looking to study a Master’s in the same or related discipline with the UK, our Graduate Diploma course will help you to develop the skills needed for entry onto a Master’s degree.

Course Details

  • Length 1 year (2 semesters)
  • Course Start September
  • Progression Master’s in an Art & Designrelated subject.
  • Tutor Support Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.
  • Studio Access Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
  • How Your Work Is Assessed Visual and written assignments and projects.
  • Guest Lecturers Our course is enriched by programmed of lectures and workshops from a range of creative professionals.

What to Expect

This programme is tailored to help you develop the skills required at Master’s level and bridge the gap between your ability / experience and the ambition to study at Postgraduate level. Emphasis is placed on encouraging you to become an independent learner and confident within the English-speaking educational culture.

The Graduate Diploma will help you to develop your spoken English in order to achieve the required level for direct entry onto a Master’s. It will also give you the experience you need and understanding of UK learning and teaching styles, to help you develop your portfolio further and build on existing skills as well as developing potential lines of research.

There are three distinct pathways within our Graduate Diploma programme which are tailored to suit your artistic discipline. Students can choose between Art and Design (Fine Art, Product Design, Spatial Design), Fashion (Fashion Design, Fashion Branding and Creative Communication), and Visual Communication (Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Illustration & Animation).

Entry Requirements


20 years +

Educational Level

Students should normally hold a good Level 6 qualification (BA (Hons) degree or equivalent qualification); or a Level 5 international qualification (for example, 3 Years Diploma from a University in China) in an art or design or a closely related subject.

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

English Level for International Students

IELTS 5.5+ (no element under 5.5)


A portfolio is required.

How We Teach

Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular one-to-ones and group tutorials.

Subjects Taught

Fashion: Fashion Design; Fashion Branding & Creative Communication

Visual Communication: Graphic Design and Visual Communication: Illustration & Animation

Art & Design: Fine Art, Product Design, Spacial Design Shared subjects: photography; material experimentation; critical skills; research skills; creative project management and project delivery


  • Brunel University
  • Newcastle University
  • Ravensbourne University
  • Central Saint Martins (UAL)
  • University of Kent
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Cambridge school of visual & performing arts (csvpa) is a dedicated arts and performance school in the centre of cambridge. We offer diploma, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses acr ... Read More

Cambridge school of visual & performing arts (csvpa) is a dedicated arts and performance school in the centre of cambridge. We offer diploma, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses across art & design, fashion, music and performing arts. Read less