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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3/4 UAL) - Full-time

Course outline

The Lace Market is one of the UK’s most iconic locations for the fashion industry so what better place to practise and perfect your craft in one of the city’s former lace houses.

You’ll work with industry-standard equipment, alongside and with the support of professional tutors and get an amazing opportunity to show your work in a fashion show open to the public at the end of each year.

You’ll learn a range of art and design skills and experience working in areas such as:

  • Fine art
  • Graphic design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Photography
  • 3D design and illustration

through a series of exploratory workshops and projects.

You will have the opportunity to specialise in the area that interests you the most, developing your skills in your specialism and producing a portfolio of work to take to degree interviews. Over the last 20 years, this course has enabled hundreds of students to progress on to reputable degree courses all over the country.

You can expect to take part in a variety of field trips and gallery visits, which will broaden your understanding of the art and design world and help you to develop your own creative language.

You will also present your work in an annual studio-based end of year show.

You can view some of the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

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How to apply for this course

Apply online now to start this course in 2022/23.

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Location Date
25 Stoney Street

Start: 5th September 2022

Course code: C000279 / Q001618


UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4/A*-C including English Language and Maths and 2 A Levels at grades A*–E or a Level 3 qualification.

You will also need a folder of artwork and a good reference.

We intend to have face to face interviews as from January 2022, where applicants will have the opportunity to present a portfolio of work and meet a tutor to ensure conditions are met.

In the event of further Covid restrictions applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio.

The team would like to review your artwork to make sure that the course is the right option for you, or to offer advice regarding alternative study options.

We would like to see ten images/photographs of your work. These should include:

  • Two sketchbook pages of research
  • One sketchbook page showing your contextual influences
  • Four sketchbook pages showing the development and exploration of ideas
  • Two images of observational drawing
  • Two images of finished pieces of work

The work can include examples of drawing, painting, collage, 3D and sculptural pieces, fashion and textiles, graphic and product design, printmaking and photography.

You do not need examples of all of these disciplines, but we do need to see evidence of your drawing skills.

The work you submit may have been completed as part of a Level 3 Art and Design course such as A Levels or a Diploma or it might be work that you have completed in your own time. In addition to the artwork, we would like a short word processed summary on why you are interested in completing a Foundation Course. This may include how your previous experiences have generated an interest in Art and Design and/or what ambitions you have within the Arts. It should be approximately 250 words.


Continuous formal assessments with a final assessment in June.


Choose to follow with further study on a degree course in art or a related subject area. We offer foundation degrees in Fine Art Practice, Graphic Design and Fashion, and a top-up degree in Art & Design.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

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