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Art and Design (UAL) Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


1 year


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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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 acts as a stepping-stone. It helps you to find a pathway that reflects your interests and then gain relevant experience of professional arts practice. The programme is exciting, practical, and industry focused.

You'll be taught by industry trained, expert practitioners in specialist buildings housing a variety of professional facilities, including:

  • an HD TV studio
  • a cinema room
  • multiple Mac suites
  • expansive dark room
  • dedicated art workshops

The qualification is accredited by the highly regarded University of the Arts London (UAL). Among the benefits, students have the opportunity to have their work shortlisted to appear at the annual UAL awarding body exhibition at Chelsea College of Art.

Each year, our students have the opportunity to take part in our End of Year Festival to showcase their work. Take a look at our video of the 2019 show, "Arrival". 


What I'll learn

We provide a transition from general education to specialist art and design training.

This qualification has been designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk taking and extend critical independence to prepare you for higher education.

Whilst students may take this qualification in a specialist subject, it is also ideal for those who have not decided which discipline or subject area within art and design they wish to specialise in.

The creative industries need people with a mix of technical and creative skills. It relies on people that know how to work as part of a team, but still have that independent mindset, which you’ll grow through setting your own challenges.

If you’re ready to specialise in an area, we’ve got you covered too! Our specialist subjects include:

  • Fine Art
  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Textiles
  • Illustration
  • Advertising
  • Printmaking
  • 3D Design
  • Ceramics

Whatever your area of interest, you’ll be taught by industry-experienced practitioners in professional-level facilities.

The majority of students progress to higher education and succeed in securing places at universities and art colleges throughout the country. There is a vast range of art and design subjects available in higher education.


How I'll learn

Art and Design at Banbury and Bicester College provides an opportunity to explore, develop and test creativity through stimulating and demanding practical exploration.

It focuses on developing understanding and application of the creative process to enable the development of creative ideas and outcomes.


How I'll be assessed

You'll be assessed through a mix of internal and external practical assessments.


Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students be 17 years old or above, have 2 A Levels or equivalent (eg, an Extended Diploma in one of the Arts).

Considerations as to qualifications against experience will be considered for mature learners.

You will be required to attend an interview at college before starting. When attending this interview, you should bring with you a portfolio of work.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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.