Art and Design Foundation Diploma - Level 3

Course Code: VA1FE65

16-18 19+

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
07/09/2020University Centre1 Year Apply

Course Overview

The University of the Arts London (UAL) Diploma in Foundation Studies – Art & Design provides a transition from general education to specialist art and design education.

The programme builds on your prior experience, linking skills already acquired with ideas and challenges to help you progression to higher education or employment. 

You'll learn analytical principles, exploratory and investigative practices, contextual research and material experiences, through activities to identify and capitalise on your strengths and passion. 

Experiential, experimental and integrated learning is the order of the day on this course. Expect the unexpected while studying common principles and distinctive characteristics of subject disciplines within the field of art, design and media. 

Entry Requirements

Typically applicants will have 2 ‘A’ Levels or equivalent, and GCSE Maths and English at grade C/ 4 or above.

Otherwise, applicants with industrial or practical experience may be considered on the strength of their portfolio.

Qualification Obtained

Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies

Essential Skills – English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course is divided into 3 stages. 

Each Stage is made up of units and each unit has a credit value. Units are the basic building blocks of the course and can be described as a self-contained package of learning defined in terms of learning time. This includes taught time, independent study, access to resources and assessment. There are specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit. 

Each Stage is made up of 40 credits:  Stage 1 consists of 40 Level 3 credits, Stage 2 consists of either 40 Level 3 or 40 Level 4 credits, and Stage 3 consists of 40 Level 4 credits.

Credit is awarded for the achievement of the learning outcomes associated with a particular unit. It is awarded at the point when that learning is assessed. 1 credit is equivalent to 10 notional learning hours. However, the balance of how learning time is divided between taught time and independent study will differ according to the particular focus of the unit and related Level. 

In order to be awarded a Diploma a total of 120 credits must be accumulated: therefore all seven units of the course must be completed in order for the Diploma to be awarded at either Level 3 or Level 4.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions