Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
The Art and Design Foundation Diploma is an exploratory year which will help you make an informed choice when choosing a course at university. Perfect if you want to gain more experience or become specialist in a specific subject area before making your final university choice.
We will help you will build up a show-stopping creative portfolio which you can showcase with pride at university interviews.
In the first nine weeks of the course you will try out different branches of art and design, experimenting with fine art, 3D design, media, fashion and visual communications. You will then choose your favourite area to work within and produce a specialist project and exhibition.
You can trust that you will learn from the best when you choose to study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. As well as being guided by our expert tutors, this flagship Foundation Diploma is delivered in partnership with UAL - a prestigious Art and Design school ranked second in the world for Art and Design.
Level 3 or above in Art and Design and GCSE English and maths grade 4 or above
1 A Level at grade C or above in Art and GCSE English and maths grade 4 or above
Art and design experience is essential. You will undertake an informal interview and portfolio check to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and passion.
What will I achieve?
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
What will I learn?
The studios are a welcoming and creative environment, where shared practice and encouragement is at the forefront of our teaching. The course is split into three main units, they are as follows:
Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice
This is your opportunity to learn more about a range of art and design disciplines. You will delve into 5 main creative areas and complete a project in each, learning new skills and knowledge for each discipline. Topics include:
Visual communication (covers topics like graphics, illustration, games, advertising, animation)
Textiles (covers topics like printed and surface design, constructed textiles, interior, card & gift design)
Fine Art (covers topics like painting, sculpture, installation)
3D design (covers topics like architecture, interior, ceramics, set design, product design, furniture design and jewellery)
Lens based media (covers topics like photography, moving image, film)
Fashion (covers topics like design communication, retail and costume)
Developing Specialist Practice and Preparation for Progression
This unit is all about you and your ambitions. You will have the chance to choose a specialist area and receive guided support as you take your next steps towards university. We will help you create a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills in your chosen specialism, as well give you a chance to get practical experience and take part in subject specific workshops and projects.
Consolidating Practice, FMP and Final Show
The last and final unit focuses on applying the skills you have learnt and learning how to showcase them. It is a self-directed and independently led module which allows you to develop your own project and ideas. This will be showcased in our final show in a real gallery setting. A wonderful way to celebrate your achievements with your family and friends!
How is the course taught?
Studio based practical work
Seminars and presentations
How am I assessed?
Work experience opportunities
You will undertake experience of work through client-briefs delivered by industry. This year students have worked on projects with Penguin Books, NBS Architecture and Maggies Charity.
Students were also briefed to develop a social action project, where they designed postcards which were then auctioned for charity.
You will also exhibit your work at places like Open Studios and Newcastle Arts Centre.
English and Maths
English and maths skills in Art and Design are essential. We will support you to achieve your qualifications and enhance your existing skills.
You will use maths in practice when you undertake things like perspective drawing.
You will use English when you communicate your work and produce critical writing and research.
Where can I progress?
This course will provide you with the right skills to progress onto a creative course at university, nationally and internationally. Our mission is to help you succeed and progress onto the course of your choice at University level. We have a progression partnership with top universities like UAL, Kingston University and the Glasgow School of Art.
As a student of Foundation Diploma Art and Design you will have the chance to work closely with these institutions and gain valuable insights into their application processes so you feel confident when making your application.
Alumni include Kara Ferguson who works for Alexander McQueen design team and independent designer Rachel Locke.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Art and Design?
- Produces works on commission basis for clients.
- Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
- Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
- Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
- Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
- Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc..
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
- Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
- Onceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.
Median Salary£26,452 View more
Arts Officers, Producers and Directors
- Selects, contracts, markets and arranges for the presentation and/or distribution of performance, visual and heritage arts.
- Manages health and safety issues.
- Ensures necessary equipment, props, performers and technical staff are on set when required.
- Prepares rehearsal and production schedule for main events, design of sets and costumes, technical rehearsals and dress rehearsals.
- Breaks script into scenes and formulates a shooting schedule that will be most economical in terms of time, location and sets.
- Directs actors, designers, camera team, sound crew and other production and technical staff to achieve desired effects.
- Chooses writers, scripts, technical staff and performers, and assumes overall responsibility for completion of project on time and within budget.
Median Salary£37,405 View more
- Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
- Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
- Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
- Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
- Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
Median Salary£28,115 View more
Product, clothing and related designers
- Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
- Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
- Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
- Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
- Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
- Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
- Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
Median Salary£30,535 View more
Photographers, Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators
- Operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.
- Manages health and safety issues.
- Operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes.
- Checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment.
- Controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems.
- Takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage.
- Photographs subject or follows action by moving camera.
- Operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect.
- Inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary.
- Arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones.
Median Salary£29,069 View more
- Measures, cuts, pins, sews and trims fabrics to make curtains, cushions, loose covers and similar soft furnishings.
- Replaces covering, padding, webbing or springs to repair upholstered furniture.
- Encases bed springs and padding with selected covering material by hand or machine stitching and fits castors where required.
- Operates machine to compress padded spring assemblies and inserts them into mattress covers.
- Pins sections of coverings together, joins by sewing and inserts trims, braids and buttons as required and fits upholstery unit to frame.
- Pads springs and secures padding by stitching, stapling, tacking, etc..
- Tacks and staples or otherwise secures webbing to furniture frame.
- Measures frame to be covered or examines drawings or other specifications and cuts material with shears, knife or scissors.