Art and Design: Level 3 Foundation Diploma (FT)

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Prepare for a specialist art and design course in higher education with this intensive one-year course.

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design follows a stepping stone structure. It helps you to find a pathway that reflects your interests and then gain relevant experience of professional arts practice.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

Topics covered include: visual studies; 2D and 3D design studies; print/ textiles; fashion; graphics; fine art; jewellery; product design; lens-based media; information technology; art history and contextual studies.



How I'll learn

Studio activities are supported by a series of lectures and seminars and you are assigned a personal tutor.

Working closely with your tutors you will identify your creative strengths and produce a final project which is part of the exhibition at the end of the course. You will learn in our excellent facilities and studios, doing practical assignment-based learning, supported by reflection and evaluation. As well as regular visits to museums and galleries the course may include an overseas trip. Recent trips have included visits to New York Berlin and Prague.


How I'll be assessed

Written works form part of the course assessment.


Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design must be 17 years old or above, have 2 A-levels or equivalent (e.g. an Extended diploma in one of the arts).

You will be required to attend an interview at Banbury and Bicester College before starting. When attending this interview, you should bring with you a portfolio of work, including sketchbooks and any other creative artwork you have.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.