Art & Design | UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Post A-Level | Level 3/4

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Course Code: FE0315-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Qualification: UAL DIploma Art & Design Foundation Studies Level 3 & 4 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

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This contemporary, innovative and challenging course allows you to explore a wide range of disciplines including fine art, photography, film, animation and sound, graphic art and design, illustration, fashion, textiles and 3D crafts, before discovering your strengths and focusing on your preferred areas. The course is designed to support progression on to higher education.

All the staff are practising artists and designers who will encourage you to experiment and improve your techniques and skills through workshops, seminars and trips.

Disciplines include: fine art, photography, film, animation and sound; graphic art and design; illustration; fashion and textiles; and 3D crafts.

The course culminates in a final project and end of year exhibition.

Start dates

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  • student Views Elsa Art Foundation - Illustration
    Being at the MET has really broadened my horizons. I can do what I enjoy doing, all day every day and I've never had so much freedom. I want to go to university but I'm going to have a year out first and do some travelling.
  • alumni Views Hope Laker Art Foundation
    The Foundation course really helped me develop my creative skills.
  • alumni Views Yasmin Costen Art Foundation
    The Foundation course is really structured, and the staff very helpful – they helped me achieve the grade I wanted.
  • alumni Views Stacy Griffiths Art Foundation
    Art Foundation at Northbrook was the perfect place for me to find my future practice. With fantastic resources and access to workshops, as well as a team of inspiring and supportive tutors, it made for a truly wonderful year!

Entry requirements

You can join this course if you have at least 1 A-Level at grade C or above in a creative subject and five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths.

Entry requirements

Course content

Exploratory stage:

  • Materials, methods and media
  • Broad range of disciplines
  • Individual, group and collaborative work
  • Historical and contextual lectures
  • Study skills

Pathway stage and final project: 

  • Focus on areas of interest
  • Techniques and skills
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Portfolio building
  • Final major project
  • Exhibition

Why this course at the MET?

Northbrook MET has a fantastic track record of progression to prestigious universities.

You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients and be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in the region's buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.   

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.  

You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.  

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the art & design courses running alongside theatre arts and music courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

Further study and future careers

You can progress to a university-level course, either at the MET or at universities throughout the UK.

Our West Durrington Campus is also our University Centre, a creative arts space with students studying at degree level in art & design disciplines as well as theatre arts and music.

Degrees at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Digital Design, Fashion, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

Future careers include:

  • Freelance fine artist
  • Photographer
  • Filmmaker/animator
  • Graphic artists
  • Illustrator 
  • 3D artist
  • Textile designer
Further study and future careers

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Course fees for 19+

If you are over 19+ you will be required to pay the full course fees as an adult learner.

An Advanced Learner Loan is available to assist with these costs.

Like the Higher Education student loan, the Advanced Learner Loan is only repaid once your course is complete and you are earning over £25,000 a year.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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