UAL L4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design


Program Description

This course is fundamental for those who want to study art and design. If you want to learn in a creative environment that encourages artistic exploration, then this course is perfect for you.

Course Details

  • Length 1 year (3 terms)
  • Course Start September
  • Progression Degrees & further education in art & design. Guaranteed progression to any of our BA courses on successful completion of the Extended Diploma.
  • 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.
  • Excursions Local and national educational trips to museums and galleries.


What to Expect

1st Term

At the beginning of the first term you will be guided in choosing your specialism disciplines most suited to you (3D Design, Fashion, Visual Communication). With support and advice from your lecturers you will also consider which universities you wish to apply to.

2nd Term

In the second term you will apply the skills gained in your first term to a number of projects and live briefs from within specialism disciplines of Fashion, 3D Design or Graphics & Illustration. You will also explore a variety of themes relevant to environmental, social and political issues as you develop your portfolio and prepare for university interviews.

3rd Term

In the third term you will consolidate your practice through a self-directed project. At the end of term, you will showcase your work through an exhibition or show and celebrate your achievements at our graduation ceremony.

Entry Requirements


17 years +

Educational Level

Successful completion of High School (year 11 or year 12 depending on native country) is needed or 1 x A level or 2 AS levels at grade E or above and 5 x GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably in a relevant creative 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 4.5+ (no element under 4.0)


A portfolio is required.

We Provide

To help our young artists we provide a portfolio case and art box of essential requisites. Specialism materials are also available in our workshops and studios. We also provide access to all the adobe software (Photoshop, InDesign, Premier Pro, After Effects and more) and free colour printing, access to an instudio library, a photography studio, and materials needed for print making, plus access to our 3D studio with laser cutter and 3D printer and vacuum former

How We Teach

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

Subjects Taught

3D Design: Architecture & Interior Design, Fine Art, 3D Design.

Fashion: Fashion, Theatre Arts, Fashion Communication

Visual Communication: Graphics & Illustration, Moving Image and Photography.


  • Central Saint Martins (UAL)
  • Falmouth University
  • Bournemouth University
  • Kingston University
  • London College of Fashion

Your Future

Each of our students receives personalised portfolio assistance from our specialist tutors.

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