Foundation Diploma (UAL) in Art and Design (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

Attendance Full-Time


This broad-based one-year course encourages you to explore your skills and interests so that you can make the right choice for your education and career.

It is very practical and gives wonderful opportunities for experimenting with a wide range of materials and techniques, developing your individuality, initiative and confidence.

It enables you to progress to HE with a stronger technical ability and understanding as well as a more self reliant and disciplined approach to study required at degree level.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

Students aged 18 and over who intend to progress to Higher Education to study an aspect of Art and Design.

Qualification Gained

Upon succesful completion of this course, you will receive a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design awarded by University of the Arts London Awarding Body.

"The tutors were extremely helpful and supportive throughout the duration of my time at Newcastle College."

Joshu Fox
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Community Arts Worker - £12,500-£15,000

Middle Level Role

Community Arts Manager - £20,000-£25,000

Senior Level Role

Head of Arts - £42,000-£50,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

All students study three stages:

Stage One:

  • Art & Design Research Methods
  • Art & Design Ideas Development
  • Art & Design Materials & Methods
  • Art & Design Evaluation & Reflection

Stage Two:

  • Integrated Art & Design Research, Ideas & Development
  • Preparation for Progression in Art & Design

Stage Three:

  • Art & Design Project Proposal and realisation

You will have the opportunity to experience all areas before selecting one as your specialist area of study:

  • Fine Art (Painting and Sculpture)
  • 3D Design
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Fashion
  • Textiles

Learning Methods

Various methods are used depending on subject specialism.

Assessment Methods

The emphasis is on real-life assignments and projects carried out throughout your time at college.

Assessment comprises:

  • 70% Practical Course work
  • 20% Written Course Work
  • 10% Written and Practical Internal and External Tests.

Progression Opportunities

This course is the recognised pathway to progress onto a Foundation Degree or B.A. Degree programme at a college or university.

Career Opportunities

This course is mainly intended to aid progression onto a Higher Education Art and Design related programme but would be a suitable to progress into a wide range of Art and Design related employment opportunities.

Entry Requirements

You must have one of the following:

  • One A level in an Art based subject supported by 5 GCSEs at grades A to C including English and Mathematics.
  • A combination of a GNVQ single award and AS level supported by appropriate previous accredited achievement
  • An appropriate alternative qualification of equivalent level to the above

*Special dispensation may be made for individual cases.

Mature students with alternative experience or qualifications may apply.

If English Language is not your first language, an English language test score of 5.5 or above is required.

To gain a place on the course applicants must present a portfolio of artwork at interview in which they can demonstrate a high level of commitment to the creative process as well a good level of drawing, both observational and developmental.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.