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The programme leads to the award of a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Level 3 from the University of the Arts London.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 5 x GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C, including Maths and English, and one A level, or equivalent Level 3 qualification, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

    Students who do not have formal qualifications in creative subjects but who can evidence exceptional promise in art & design may still apply. All applicants must submit a portfolio of creative work.

    Assessment Method

    Continuous assessment: by project completion, online and hard-copy portfolio submission, presentations, written research projects, group work; and by two externally-assessed projects.

    Aims of the course

    The UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a pivotal qualification, which provide a transition from general education to specialist art and design education. This enables students to make an informed decision when applying to Higher Education or seeking employment within a related industry.

    Progression Opportunities

    The qualification will support students to develop a portfolio of work enabling them to progress to Higher Education courses.

    The UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design has been UCAS tariff rated and attracts the following UCAS points:

    • Distinction: 112
    • Merit: 96
    • Pass: 80


    The programme is delivered through a mixture of lessons, workshops, and projects, and happens - in the classrooms, in the studios, off-site in trips to galleries, in projects with external partners.

    Career Options

    The qualification will prepare students for a wide range of undergraduate courses in art, design and related subjects depending on the chosen specialism, but could include:

    • Fine art: for example, drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation), photography, and performance art

    • Graphic communication: for example, advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television

    • Fashion/textile design: for example, fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles

    • Three-dimensional design: for example, ceramics, sculpture, exhibition design, design for theatre, television and film, interior design, product design, environmental design, architectural design, jewellery/body ornament and 3D digital design

    • Photography/lens-based media: for example, portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image (video, film, animation)

    • Media: for example, television, radio, print, video, digital media, computer games, photography, advertising and publishing Employment/Self-Employment

    Students completing this qualification may progress to roles in the creative industries.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 06/09/2021
End Date 08/07/2022


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 5,421 p/year
24+ £5,421 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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