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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Stroud
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 Year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Foundation Diploma
Code: 117819
Cost: N/A

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Level 3 Foundation in Art & Design

Full time course


From our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2017 we have been rated 'Outstanding' in this area. View our latest Ofsted report here


The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is one of the best qualifications for those pursuing a career in the creative industries. It is a diagnostic course designed to help post A Level students to choose which Art or Design discipline they want to specialise in. You have the opportunity to explore a range of different disciplines, this enables you to explore the scope of creative art and design education and industry, where there are cross-overs and build your practical and creative skills-your creative tool-kit. The cost of choosing the wrong degree course is significant, both financially and emotionally. The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is the best way to ensure you make the right choice of subject and course at degree level. You will engage in a variety of Art & Design methodologies, including studio-based projects and teaching, study visits and workshop- based practice. This will enable you to develop a strong portfolio in your chosen field. Highly experienced subject tutors, who are also practitioners, will guide and challenge you whilst supporting you to make the right choices and helping you develop as a creative practitioner. You will be guided and supported through the UCAS system by tutors with exceptional individual degree course knowledge, to ensure you progress to the right course for you.

What will I study?

The course is designed to ensure that you have the utmost opportunity to expand your creative, theoretical and contextual skills. The foundation course is a diagnostic course. It will enable you to understand your strengths and areas for development and ultimately will help you decide which are you would like to specialise in. It introduces you to a wide range of skills and disciplines, such as:

  • Fine Art: 2D Painting and 3D Sculpture
  • Fashion design
  • Textiles and surface design
  • Graphic design & illustration
  • 4D Design: Product design, Ceramics, Applied crafts
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Contextual studies
  • Drawing and sketchbooks
  • Creativity and critical analysis

Maths & English

Additional Maths and English qualifications can be studied and both are embedded within the course.


The creative industries have continued to grow through this time of economic change. Traditional opportunities in the creative industries: 2D & 3D fine artist, designer, graphics media, illustration, product design, fashion & textiles, printmaking, teaching, curation etc. are being added to by the growth of digital and online based opportunities. More of how we work, buy and communicate is based on the visual language being created by yesterday's art students.

Work experience

Live projects and work experience are integral to the course. You will be encouraged to seek work experience to develop a CV of exciting elements. You will have personal statement and CV writing tutorials to support you and tutors will pass on exciting opportunities to suit you.

What do I need to join?

A strong portfolio, motivation, enthusiasm and creative enquiry. Three A Levels at least grade C or equivalent, including one in an Art & Design related area.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I learn?

You will work on studio-based projects in an exciting and creative environment with the support and guidance of expert tutors. You will gain the confidence and experience to experiment, take risks and develop your creative skills. The course is divided into three terms: each term covers a series of units, which include projects designed specifically to push your creative responses, ideas, research methods, material manipulation, reflection and evaluation.

How will I know how I am doing?

Through regular one-to-one and group tutorials, critiques and via tutor and peer feedback. You will be assigned a personal tutor and will be given structured achievable targets and clear regular feedback.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be costs for study trips and materials.

What can I do next?

Students can progress onto High Education or employment within the Creative Industries. The best Art & Design degree courses require this qualification in addition to A Levels as it guarantees a more accurate specialism choice.

Our students successfully gain entry to a huge range of reputable degree courses; we are highly respected by universities and art schools for the quality of education we deliver and the nature of the students we recommend.

What are my career options?

Careers within art are diverse and include employment as an illustrator, designer, photographer or teacher. Many artists become self-employed.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Foundation in Art & Design

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 Year
Course length: 1 year
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: Foundation Diploma
Code: 117819
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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