Art & Design

UAL Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree)

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Art and Design - UAL Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree) SF-ARDE4F-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Full Time, Higher Education

Academic Year 2022-23 (1 years)

Examination board
University of the Arts London (UAL)

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This Art & Design Foundation Diploma is the ideal pre-degree course for those with artistic flair, ability and the drive to succeed as a creative practitioner.

The course offers an exciting range of art and design practice, including options in fine art (painting, sculpture, installation), 3D design, textiles (fashion, surface pattern) and design for communication (graphic design, illustration, animation and photography).

Cost: £4,670 (free if under 19 years old).

The Foundation Studies course is a one year full time course primarily aimed at sixth form or college students who have achieved A Level or a Level 3 Vocational diploma in a visual subject. All candidates must present a portfolio of work at the interview.

One of the many strengths of the course lies in encouraging individual development towards preparation for further study at degree level. A wide range of two- and three-dimensional materials, technologies and processes will be studied.

The course encourages independence and builds confidence and experience in a wide range of creative disciplines. Historical and contextual studies are fully integrated into the course. You will be guided in the preparation for Higher Education and the production of a personal portfolio of work.


You will work with experienced artists, designers and craftspersons, and will be encouraged to develop your creative and practical skills to the highest standard. You will follow a varied and stimulating programme of practical assignments, lectures and visits.

Assessment takes place throughout the course. You must pass each unit of the course in order to progress and subsequently obtain your qualification. The course concludes with an end of year exhibition of work, for which you are required to present an individual show of selected work. This is assessed both internally and externally and is also open to the public. A UAL Foundation Diploma is then awarded accordingly, at either Pass, Merit or Distinction, confirming the satisfactory completion of the UAL in Foundation Studies in Art & Design.

The course provides a bridge between A Level and Level 3 art and design based subjects and Higher Education. You will be prepared and equipped to progress on to university, work or an Apprenticeship, having gained a range of skills and an exciting portfolio of work in a range of disciplines.

We have links with a variety of local art and design based creative industries.

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