Art & Design

UAL Foundation Diploma Level 3/Level 4

Our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, is a practical, one year full time course. It allows lots of freedom to develop personal style and creative direction. The course is recommended by many top Universities prior to studying a degree within the Creative Industries. It is an invaluable bridge between A Level and vocational courses to Higher Education.

The Foundation Diploma enables students to explore a wide range of specialist areas such as fine art, illustration, graphic design, fashion and textiles, 3D design, fashion promotion, photography and animation. Learners work toward building a portfolio and the topics studied channels learners into specialising in one area of Art & Design.  Investigations into historical and contemporary artists along with designers, are integrated into practical project work. Learners will take part in group discussions and analysis of their own work and are encouraged to participate in a variety of trips and exhibitions, either in the UK or overseas. 

You will find this course exciting, fast-paced, challenging and rewarding. It is a chance to really explore your own personal interests, before making a commitment to employment, HE or University, gaining the necessary skills that are required for success at a higher level that have not previously been explored within A Level or vocational studies. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career in Art & Design, this is the course for you. 


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Art and Design, UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma AF-ARDE3F-D(0000)002

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (1 years)
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Applications to be submitted Oct/Dec. Portfolios submitted the week following February half term. Students may also be invited to an interview.

It is recommended that students have a minimum of 5 x GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C, including Mathematics and English, and one A level, or equivalent Level 3 qualification, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

On the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at HSDC Alton you will study:

A range of challenging and creative projects, diagnostic in approach, that explore different aspects of Art & Design including Graphic Design, Fashion and Textile Design, Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, 3D Design and Animation.

  • Working in Specialist areas from the start of the course.
  • Options to explore new specialism.
  • Build a sophisticated and ambitious portfolio.
  • Develop analytical and evaluative communication skills. 
  • Designing for a better future. Engage in sustainable and ethical design practice.



You will have experienced tutors to support and guide you across different pathways to use a range of Art & Design materials and approaches effectively;  painting, printmaking, sculpture, Adobe Photoshop, photography, graphic layout, drawing, garment making and illustration utilise  2D, 3D and 4D skills in the physical and digital world. 

You will take part in group discussions and analysis of your own work and that of others. Investigations into historical and contemporary artists and designers are integrated into practical project work. There will be opportunities to take part in day trips to visit exhibitions, as well as overseas locations. New York, Iceland, San Francisco, Beijing and Saint Petersburg have been previous destinations. 

100% Coursework

The course concludes with a Level 4 Final Major Project in which you choose and investigate a creative topic that fits in with your skills and progression ambitions, with a public exhibition and private view.

To be awarded the UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students must Pass the following mandatory units:

Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice (Level 3)

Unit 2: Developing Specialist Practice (Level 3)

Unit 4: Consolidating Practice (Level 4)

Units 1 and 2 are graded Pass only. The overall qualification grade is based on Unit 4 and is graded as Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

There are additional costs associated with this course, these will vary depending upon which area of specialisation is undertaken. All art supplies are available to buy from the college. Students are also asked to contribute £15 towards the cost of materials for the Final Major Project - Summer Show Exhibition.

Art Foundation works well for:

Advancing to competitive Art and Design Courses in Higher Education, around the country.

Seeking creative employment.

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