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Art and Design Foundation Diploma (Part Time)

Course Overview

Please note: This is a Part Time Qualification


This part-time level 3 UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course is primarily aimed at mature students, and is designed to offer a foundation in a broad range of art and design disciplines as preparation for progression on to higher education. The foundation diploma allows students to explore different aspects of art and design to discover their strengths and interests. The programme requires attendance over two days per week with Monday operating as a compulsory day. This is an intensive two-year programme. An interview is required.

What topics are covered?

The course includes digital image making, exploring 2D and 3D visual ideas and contextual history of art and design.

Who is the course aimed at?

Those who are passionate about art, who wish to expand their knowledge and skills, or progress into higher education.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum of five GCSEs at C/4 or above, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.

What qualifications will I gain?

You will gain Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design Foundation.

Who is the awarding body?

UAL (University of the Arts London)

How will I learn?

The course is designed to be dramatically different from any of your previous experiences in Art and Design. You will be starting the process of taking full responsibility for your work and development. The course requires an extremely high level of commitment that will allow you to question and reconfigure your understanding of, and relationship with, art and design.


You will learn by;

  • Challenging your preconceptions both inside and outside of Art & Design
  • Thinking and working outside of your comfort zone
  • Taking responsibility for the development of your work and working process
  • Taking risks and learning as much from your failures as you learn from your successes
  • Discussing your work (within a wider context) and develop a critical stance – talking about it is just as important as doing it!
  • Developing a knowledge and understanding your ‘subject’ (critical studies)
  • Managing your time and establishing a self-disciplined relationship with attendance, punctuality, reliability and the ability to meet deadlines


Your thought process and involvement will be assessed equally with the work physically produced and your journey is unlikely to be a smooth progression because you will be learning from your failures as well as from your successes. Paradoxically however, in spite of all the rules and regulations the course is an incredibly empowering and liberating experience which should allow you to grow personally as well as within an art and design context.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous with a major external assessment at the close of the summer term. The awarding body is UAL (University of Arts London).

What can I do after this course?

The majority of students progress directly onto degree courses within the broad field of art or design, while others use the qualification as an experience in its own right.

How much does this course cost?

This Art and Design Foundation Diploma costs £5421.

Are there any additional costs?

While we provide a lot of the basic materials, you will need to purchase some materials yourself; as your work develops you will also be expected to provide any specialist materials or equipment you require.

Which department is this course in?

DCAE (Department of Creative Arts & Enterprise)

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext. 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

If you are not sure which course would be right for you, we offer FREE Careers Advice to any person aged 19 or over. Our advisers can help you search for a suitable course or other learning and training opportunities.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: Download the Part-time Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses.


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