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Art and Design Level 3 Foundation Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2021

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 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.

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

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design gives you experience of Level 4 work in your specialist area of study the final project is assessed at Level 4. You will gain a portfolio and improve your knowledge and confidence, too.

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.

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

Studio activities are supported by a series of lectures and seminars and you will be 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). 


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.