Art & Design (Foundation Studies)


This course is for committed students who have already completed an A Level programme, or who wish to build up a portfolio of work in preparation for a specialist Degree or Higher National Diploma in Art and Design.

The main aim of the course is to provide a stimulating environment within which each student can discover and develop their creative potential towards an appropriate area of study.


Course content

The course is delivered in three distinct stages.

Exploratory Stage

Students will explore the potential and limitations of a wide variety of media and materials. There is a strong emphasis in developing skills in observing and recording what you see, hear, think and feel. In particular you will learn to recognise the importance and functions of drawing. Regular life-drawing sessions are an important part of your portfolio development at this stage.

Pathway Stage

Students will bring together skills in working with media and techniques, their ability to select research methods and processes, and they will apply their understanding of the creative process to a number of set assignments. You will be encouraged to develop your own critical understanding of contemporary, historical and related contexts.

Confirmatory Stage

This stage takes the form of a final major project and end of year show. You will be encouraged to move towards specialisation in one of the main areas of study. These include: Fine Art, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Textiles, Printmaking, Sculpture and Lens Based Media.



Formal assessment is carried out at regular intervals. At the end of the course students are required to mount an exhibition of work.



Programme Manager: Duncan Cameron MA, BA (Hons)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have gained an A Level in an Art and Design related subject at grade C or higher and also have achieved a further five GCSE passes at Grade A* - C. You will need to provide evidence of quality sketchbooks or project files at your interview.

If you are a mature student, you will be considered on the basis of experience and your portfolio of work to demonstrate that you have reached a level of skill and commitment necessary to benefit from the course.



This course has been designed to help you make an informed decision about your future in Art and Design. Students are encouraged to continue their studies at degree level.


Student Profile

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Visual Arts (3D) student of the year - Liz Moseley

Studied: Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Distinction
Home town:
Curry Rivel, Langport
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Falmouth University studying Contemporary Crafts

“As an Art Foundation student Lizzie’s ideas were contemporary and well informed and she worked closely with staff to ensure that she benefitted from critical debate and guidance. She demonstrated a willingness to tackle new skills and to experiment broadly. In an assignment on the theme of ‘News’ Lizzie chose to make work in response to a news story surrounding an abuse scandal in a care home. Lizzie produced a series of hand-stitched photographic stills from the covert TV film footage and produced a wonderful appliqued blanket laden with effective messages without being obvious or heavy handed. This notion of care and support was taken into her ambitious ‘Care’ themed final major project. The body of work was so innovative that it was selected for a Strode Award at the End of Year Show in 2013.”


Key Facts

Code: DD3AF
Level: Level 3
Award: Diploma
Awarding Body
: Edexcel (Pearson)
: 1 Year
Tuition fee: Fees may apply to students over 19 years, price on application. Students aged 24+ can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.


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