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Art and Design – Level 3-4 Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree)

This Art and Design foundation degree diploma is the ideal pre-degree course for those with artistic flair, ability and the drive to succeed as an artist. This course will build on your prior experience, you will normally have reached 18 years of age by 1 October in the year of entry (we also welcome applications from mature students).

Entry Requirements

The Pre-Degree Foundation course is a one year full time course primarily aimed at sixth form or college students who have achieved A Level or BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design related subjects.

All candidates must present a portfolio of work at interview.

The course provides a bridge between A level and Level 3 Art and Design based subjects and higher education. The students will be prepared and equipped to progress onto university having gained a range of skills and an exciting portfolio of work in a range of disciplines.

Course Content

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).

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

The course is divided into three stages: Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory. 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.

How will I be taught?

You will work with experienced artists, designers and crafts persons, 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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place throughout the course. You must pass each stage of the course in order to progress and subsequently obtain your qualification.

The course concludes with an end of year exhibition of work, in which you are required to mount an individual show of selected work. This is assessed both internally and externally and is also open to the public.

A BTEC Foundation Diploma is then awarded accordingly, at either Pass, Merit or Distinction, confirming the satisfactory completion of the BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You will need to build up a variety of art and design equipment and materials, including sketchbooks and an art portfolio. The majority of recommended equipment is available from the College shop. Advice is available.

What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design.

A varied and comprehensive portfolio of work.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

On completion of this course you should be prepared for further study at degree level, in a range of Art and Design related areas. Some students may progress to employment.

Course Information

An induction period at the start of the course will concentrate on the structure, content, and assessment details of the course. Writing materials will be required for the first lesson.

All students are expected to be self-motivated, and prepared to work in their own time. At interview you will be required to present a portfolio of work.

Additional costs – visits to exhibitions of artists and designers work, museums, galleries and locations are an important part of the course. Students are expected to buy their own sketchbooks and portfolios. Mounting and presentation of work will require the purchase of materials, most of these items can be bought from the College shop at very reasonable prices.

Further Information

Confused about student loans and anxious about getting into debt? Read the Government Student Loans guidance for clear explanations on how the student loan can benefit you.

HNC/HND/Foundation Degree

If you would like to apply for a Higher Education course, you will be required to pay the advertised fees in full. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to a government approved Student Loan. You would need to apply to Student Finance England directly to receive this.

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on:

  • Your course of study (if you’ve studied a higher education course before)
  • Your age
  • Your nationality or residency status.

Generally, you’ll only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. To receive Tuition Fee Loans or grants, you will have to be under the age of 60 years at the start of the course.

The course must be one of the following to be eligible for the loan:

  • a Foundation Degree (FdA)
  • a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert Ed)
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training

Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England as follows:

  1. Set up a student finance account online.
  2. Log in and complete the online application.
  3. Include details of your household income and ask your parents (or partner) to support your application, if needed.
  4. Send in proof of identity, if required.
  5. Sign and return the loan declaration, which you should receive within six weeks.

For more information on courses or the Student Loan please contact our Admissions Team on 023 9279 4662 or 023 9279 7910.


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