The Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies is the perfect course to take after your A-Levels if you’re looking to progress onto a degree in any creative subject.
This year-long course will help you improve your skills and knowledge across a wide range of art and design subjects, preparing you for your chosen degree or helping you decide which course to study. You’ll build a strong portfolio of work before you start your degree, so you can hit the ground running and realise your full potential.
You’ll have access to the facilities at UCA Canterbury and will be supported by teams of subject specialist lecturers – most lecturers are active within their own fields as professional designers, artists and researchers.
Once you finish this course, you will be awarded the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies.
Please apply using our online application form on the UCA website.
The first part of your year will be spent delving into different areas of art and design, identifying your strengths and interests.
Learning Skills and Context
Through a structured programme of drawing and visual studies, you’ll identify your skills, strengths and interests. You’ll also develop practical abilities in 2D and 3D, helping you to make an informed choice for specialist study.
As the year progresses, you'll have more freedom to specialise. This helps you to grow as an artist and determines in which creative direction your academic path and future career may lie.
Development and Progression
You'll choose to specialise in one pathway from graphic design, illustration, photography, film, 3D design, fashion, textiles and fine art.
Proposal and Realisation
You’ll bring together all your newly developed skills, knowledge and understanding in art, craft, design and communications to plan and fulfil a major project, resulting in an exhibition.
Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:
ONE of the following:
- One A-Level (or two AS-Levels) with a minimum of 32 UCAS tariff points preferably including an art, design, media, photography, design technology or a related creative subject.
- 32 UCAS tariff points from BTEC/UAL Extended Diplomas, Extended Certificates, Subsidiary Diplomas
- 32 UCAS tariff points from a combination of BTEC/UAL Subsidiary/ Extended Certificate and A Levels
- IB (International Baccalaureate) with a score of 24 or above
Five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 9-4, including English language/literature and a minimum of grade 3/D in mathematics.
Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.
*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades - in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.