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Art & Design UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma (2-Year Fee) Part Time Eve (C00135-171901)

This course is part of our 2017/2019 curriculum offer.

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Course Overview:

Please note the course includes attending approx 6 Saturday classes per year.

The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design aims to prepare you to make the right choices concerning your future career in the Arts. This primarily, but not exclusively, involves you creating a portfolio of work that gives you the best possible chance of gaining a place at university.

It is a challenging and intensive course that will build upon and expand your prior creative skills and knowledge of art & design practice, the creative industries and their historical context. By the end of the course we aim to have developed your capacity to analyse, reflect on and review your progress within the context of art and design.

The course is highly experimental and exploratory giving you the opportunity to discover a range of different disciplines and practices before you specialize in one field. This course will develop your ability to challenge your preconceptions. It will increase your personal independence in developing ideas and extend your skills in using materials, techniques and processes.

UAL; The University of the Arts, London, has a worldwide reputation in art and design education. It is also an awarding body of art and design qualifications and offer a range of excellent arts focused qualifications.

How to Apply - Tutor Approval

Please complete the online Application form and book your interview by clicking Apply Now at the top of this page. If no interview slots are available at the time of your application we will be in touch to arrange an interview date.

To be accepted on the course you must complete the following steps:

  1. Maths and English Assessments: This MUST be done prior to your interview and takes about 1hour, you can come and do this at any time during opening times.
  2. Evidence of skills: You may be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task
  3. Interview: The Tutor interview is to ensure that this is the right course for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved in completing the course

On completition of your interview and meeting the other criteria laid out in the application process, successful applicants will be offered a place on to the course.

How to Enrol:

Complete the online application process - ??Apply Now button

Entry Requirements:

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is intended primarily for those students wishing to progress to higher education in art and design or associated studies. However, students who wish to use the qualification as preparation for employment will not be discouraged.

You will need a portfolio of work that demonstrates evidence of having achieved a standard that will enable you to benefit from the course. ??Your portfolio needs to articulate:-

  • Your visualisation skills (e.g. Drawing, Photography, 3D work)

  • Your development skills

  • Your particular interest in Art & Design this could include other artist/designers that inspire you or exhibitions or events you have attended.

Your portfolio should include sketchbooks to demonstrate some of the above. It is also advised that unless you are a mature student you have one Advanced GCE supported by three GCSE grades A* to C or equivalent, a combination of an Advanced GCE in Applied Art and Design or AS GCE in Art and Design or Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design or a Foundation Diploma Level 3.

You will be interviewed with your portfolio prior to enrolment.

A minimum of Level 2 Literacy and Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) Numeracy is recommended. Competency in ICT is essential.

This course is designed for 19 plus learners although 18 year olds may be able to study this by exception

Maths and English Assessments

Before your tutor interview you are also requested to take an online assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed.

To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to college to take the assessment.

Advanced Learner Loans

If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 to 23 you don’t need to take a loan as this course will be free for you.

If you are aged 19 or over and have previously completed a full level 3, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all or part of the fee. You may be able to take more than one loan depending on the courses you want to study.

Find out more about the loan

Course Content:

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is structured in 3 parts

Part 1: Learning Skills and Context: You will be introduced to a variety of subject areas including: Fine Art; Graphic Design/Illustration; Three Dimensional Design; Printing; Textiles and Fashion, and Crafts. You will also explore fundamental aspects of drawing.
Part 2: Development and Progression: During second part of the course you will work within your chosen specialist area responding to briefs and developing your independence and your individual creativity. You will also continue to develop your drawing skill.
Part 3: Proposal and Realisation: During this final part of the course you will work on a major project within your specialist area where you will integrate your research and ideas into practice. You will be expected to take full responsibility for the direction of your work, through a process of independent learning and exhibit your final major project in an end of year exhibition and assessment.

History and Contextual Studies
Throughout part 1 and 2 you will develop a critical understanding through lectures and gallery visits, your programme will cover historical and contemporary issues and concerns. You will conduct a significant independent research project in the form of a 2,500 word essay to gain an understanding of the location of your practice in the context of contemporary art & design.

Assessment Methods:

Assessment is through formal review by course tutors according to the UAL standards. Your work will be continuously assessed via portfolio/sketch books and project work. You will be given written feedback throughout the course. Informal assessments also take place through critiques and tutor guidance. You are required to pass all the previous stages before being submitted for the final unit. To achieve the whole qualification, you must achieve a pass for all 120 credits that you will submit, via a unitized system. Units 1-4 and 5 & 6 are achieved at pass only. Unit 7 is graded Pass/Merit/Distinction. The grade for Unit 7 constitutes the final qualification grade. It is possible for you to achieve Level 4 in Units 5-7.

Additional Information:

If you require further course information please email alternatively pop into one of our Open Days and speak to a tutor.

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.

Bring To First Class:

2 passport sized photographs, A6 sketchbook, pen and pencil


Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Further Study and Career Opportunities:

Higher Education. With further training or study, students go into careers including: Advertising, Marketing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Photography, Crafts, Illustration, Architecture, or Animation, Fine Art, Film, Theatre. RACC also offer a range of HNC level 4 qualifications in Art & Design.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much homework will I need to do outside of class
You can expect at least 4-6 hours of homework a week outside of class. This class will require time commitments beyond the hours when your at the college, expect to work some hours every week outside of class.

What will happen if I miss a class?
Coursework for that day will need to be made up outside of class. You will expect to make arrangements with your tutor to find out what you have missed, and to collect any handouts.

When will the exams take place
There are no exams for this course, it is continually assessed throughout and graded on your final project and exhibition.

Do I need any special clothing or equipment
You will need old clothing or an apron for some of the studios. You are expected to purchase art materials.

Is there any tutorial support
Tutorials will be provided to students throughout the course, there is also additional learning support available to some learners including literacy support in class support and extra tutorial support dependent on specific needs.

Information Advice and Guidance:

If you are looking for assistance on a new career path, course choice or looking for further opportunities then speak to our Information Advice and Guidance team.


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