About the Course

This one-year foundation course is designed to help you to expand your skills in preparation for higher education. If you want to study a creative subject at a degree level but would like to develop your skills and confidence first, then choosing the Level 3 UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a great place to start. This course is designed to build on your skills and develop your practice to gain the necessary skills and portfolio to apply to a range of art and design degree courses. It is an ideal choice for those who have completed A levels or Level 3 to act as a bridge to Higher Education or for those looking to return to education. 

Why study this course with us? 

  • You’ll experience a broad range of creative techniques, disciplines, and media, to develop your abilities and skills.  
  • You’ll gain the skills and knowledge relevant for degree programmes in art and design. 
  • You will have access to specialist equipment and workspaces. 
  • You’ll be taught by industry standard lecturers who will share their knowledge and experience of the working world. 

This course is ideal for those who have completed A levels or a Level 3 qualification in Art and Design, or related subjects and want to develop their skills, confidence and portfolio prior to undertaking a degree course.  The course is also suitable for those who may be looking to return to education. 


The Foundation Diploma will offer you the opportunity to Study a broad range of creative projects, experiencing a range of ideas, and developing a portfolio which reflects your chosen specialism. 

The course is made of three units which will build upon one another as you progress through the year. 

Your Course

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of workshops, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study.  

What modules are covered?

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

Within this unit you will have the opportunity to explore a range of creative areas such as photography, graphic design, typography, illustration, drawing, fashion & textiles, printmaking, and fine art.  This unit encourages learners to explore their potential and try different approaches to discover their preferred areas of study. Alongside this exploration learners will develop their research skills and critical understanding  

Unit 2: Developing Specialist Practice (Level 3)  

Having explored different areas and techniques within unit 1, this unit gives learners the freedom to identify and develop their specialist area through a range of projects and to deepen their understanding of their practice. 

Unit 3: Consolidating Practice (Level 4) 

This unit gives learners the opportunity to take control of their own learning and demonstrate their skills through a self-devised Final Major Project. 

How will I be assessed?

This course is 100% coursework based and continually assessed. 

Your Future

What Next?

This qualification is designed to provide students with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into further and higher education courses and/or into training or employment within the creative sector.

Entry Requirements

What should I provide?

This course is 100% coursework based.  

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?
  • an A level or equivalent level 3 qualification in a creative subject* 
  • GCSE English at grade 4 or above  
  • Interview with Portfolio. 

*in cases where you may not have studied a creative subject a portfolio may be considered 

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We focus on giving you the skills and knowledge to kick-start your career, which is why many of our courses are more hands-on than you might expect.
Our class sizes are similar to college, which means you won’t get lost in the crowd or feel like just a number with us.
Our small campus is full of plants, natural light, and new facilities that will help you feel good while studying. Plus, you’ll have exclusive access to University Centre study spaces in the College.
Studying a degree at a small institution means your lecturers will know all your strengths and weaknesses, and give you valuable feedback and support to help you go further.
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University of Surrey
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