The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is an internationally recognised qualification, which provides a steppingstone from general education to specialist Higher art and design education across the UK. Our UAL Foundation Diploma with IELTS has been specifically designed for international students who need to raise their IELTS score for applications to Degree level study whilst developing a strong portfolio for UCAS applications. Students who choose this programme will follow the same programme of study as home students but with additional weekly IELTS study throughout the course.
The UAL Foundation Diploma has been designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk-taking, which will extend your subject knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills. During this course, you will explore new ideas and creative challenges to develop your confidence and independent learning in four main specialist areas used in contemporary art and design practice: Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles and Visual Communications. By exploring and evaluating different art and design mediums you will develop contextual research skills and a critical awareness of the contemporary visual world. Our annual study trip to London allows you an exciting opportunity to further expand your research by visiting major Art Galleries and Museums to inspire and contextualise your own creative practice and portfolio.
You will work in a collaborative community within a studio environment to complete challenging assignments within deadlines and attend weekly critical and contextual studies. You will be taught by innovative and experienced lecturers and have the opportunity to engage with creative industry professionals and attend regular progression talks from Universities including the University of the Arts London, The Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University and DJCAD at the University of Dundee. At the end of your course, your final major project will be presented to the public as part of our end of year exhibition.
You will be provided with support and guidance on completing your UCAS application and preparing digital portfolios. Our Employability day and HND open days will enable you to make informed decisions when applying to Higher Education or seeking employment within a related industry.
Edinburgh College was the first College in Scotland to deliver UAL Diplomas and is the only College in Scotland where you can study the UAL Foundation Diploma. We have a strong reputation for delivering the Level 3 Foundation Diploma for over 20 years and have strong links with UAL and other major Art and Design Schools and Universities across the UK.
In session 20/2021 our UAL Foundation students received offers for progression to HND or Degree-level programmes in their chosen destinations. Below is a small selection of some of the offers received from our UAL Foundation students in 20/2021 to Degree level study across the UK, with many of our UAL Foundation students receiving multiple offers.
BDes Hons Product Design at The Glasgow School of Art
BDes Hons Interior Design at The Glasgow School of Art
BA Hons Sculpture and Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art
BA Hons Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art UoE
BA Hons Painting at Edinburgh College of Art UoE
BA Hons Art and Philosophy at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
BA Hons Fine Art at Central St Martins UAL
BA Hons Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts UAL
BA Hons Communication Design at The Glasgow School of Art
BA Hons Contemporary Art Practice Grays School of Art RGU
BA Hons Hair and Make-up for Fashion at London College of Fashion UAL
BDes Hons Interior and Spatial Design Edinburgh Napier University