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The Foundation Diploma is a fantastic qualification which provides the transition from general education to specialist art and design education. It enables students to make an informed decision regarding what area they want to apply to within Art and Design, or if they are seeking employment within the creative industries.

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Entry requirements

To gain entry onto this one year pre-degree course you will have a minimum of one A Level and 6 GCSEs at C/4 or above, or equivalent level of qualification such as a Level 3 Extended Diploma. If you do not have the normal entry qualifications, you may gain entry onto the course with appropriate experience or a mixture of work experience and the ability to demonstrate competence in art and design. You will be invited to show a portfolio of recent art and design work at your guidance discussion.


One year.

What will I study?

This exciting course is delivered in two distinctive stages: Exploratory and Confirmatory. The introduction to the course is mainly diagnostic in which students experience a number of different art and design areas. After this, you will choose a specialism from areas such as: Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design and Illustration, and Three Dimensional Design which you will study in much greater depth leading towards a celebratory exhibition at the end of the year. The course will link skills already acquired with ideas and challenges which will extend your critical independence and raise standards to achieve progression to HE or a career in the creative industries.

Educational trips

Throughout the programme, visits to galleries, workshops, museums, exhibitions and places of specific interest are organised to extend awareness of the wide range of contemporary creative opportunities as well as supporting the contextual studies programme, which is an integral part of the Diploma.

Students have the opportunity to take part in our induction trip to a castle in a beautiful part of Northumbria and, as an optional part of your programme we also offer an exciting opportunity to take part in an overseas study visit to a European city reflecting cultural excellence in the visual and applied arts. There is also an opportunity to take part in a study visit to the UCAS fair in Manchester and a residential study trip to London to major galleries and museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern, as well as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress will be monitored by your personal tutor and by means of individual and group tutorials. The programme will culminate in a final exhibition of work on view to the general public and is assessed at the end of the programme at pass, merit or distinction which carry additional UCAS points.


There is a cost of £75 in total for this course.  £25 for a mandatory Art Kit and £50 student contribution that is used to enhance the students learning through the availability of additional resources and activities. More details will be provided before you enrol.

Residential trips both home and abroad are an important part of the course but are optional. The cost is dependent on the destinations.

If you are 19 or a mature student please contact our InfoZone for further information on fees.

What could it lead to?

You will work with specialist tutors throughout your course to help you focus on your strengths and to develop an individual and focused portfolio of work. A wide range of progression opportunities are achieved to degree courses throughout the country to study subjects such as Fashion, Textiles, Fine Art, Illustration, Photography, Graphic Design and 3D Design. Past students have successfully gained places at top creative universities such as Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, The Ruskin School of Art, University of Cambridge and Edinburgh College of Art.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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