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Art and Design

Level 3/4 ABC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Full Time

Course Overview

This established and highly respected one-year Art Foundation course has a broad programme allowing you to gradually specialise in your chosen area, preparing you for higher level study at the university of your choice. During the course you will go on a residential trip and complete a final project in your chosen discipline, preparing you for employment or university.

Course Content

The programme is divided into three stages: 'Exploratory', which includes a broad experimental approach to consolidate your discipline, 'Pathway', and 'Confirmatory' where students will work on a final project in their chosen specialism.

Initially, students follow an intensive period of bridging studies which is centred on drawing and developing research skills. This visual studies programme provides students with enough flexibility to explore their own potential in specific areas of the department and to gradually specialise in their preferred discipline.

During stage two students will develop their visual and practical skills through a range of project based activities in specialist workshops and studios: Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 3D design, Ceramics and Glass, Graphic Design and Digital Processes, Screen Printing, Fashion, Printed Textiles, Knitted and Woven Textiles, Photography and Video.

The practical work is complemented by contextual studies.  Theoretical studies provide for a critical understanding of Art and Design and its function in society.

Entry Requirement

You will need five GCSEs A*/9 to C/4 including English and maths, or the Extended Diploma in Art and Design. You must also have a good portfolio of work to show at the interview.


The course is continuously assessed through assignments, projects and case studies. Learners will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on their own and in groups.

The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local business wherever possible.

Where does this course lead to

Most students progress onto a Degree or Higher National Diploma course in Art and Design (average 98% per year).

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Course Outline

Course Code: FF03
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 09/09/2019
Duration: 35 Weeks
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