Art & Design | UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

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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?

Based within the exciting and vibrant creative industries department alongside our creative industries degrees, this course is ideally placed to allow you to explore a variety of specialist areas, including fine art, graphics, illustration, photography, 3D, fashion, textiles. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to degree level study or a career in the creative industries.

  • Specialist facilities, studios and workshops
  • Industry expert teachers
  • Find your passion and prepare for university
  • Collaborate with other creative courses on-site

Before the UK lockdown, the Creative Industries were worth £112 billion to our economy, and continue to play a huge part socially and culturally. The government is now investing £1.57billion in supporting the Creative Industries post-Covid.


Start dates

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  • 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!
  • 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 Hope Laker Art Foundation
    The Foundation course really helped me develop my creative skills.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

To join this course you need at least one A-Level at grade C or higher (or equivalent Level 3 qualification) in a creative subject. Plus five GCSEs grades 9–4 (A–C) to include English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work.

Entry to the course includes a 1-1 in person interview. This will be with one of the Tutors, Curriculum Manager or Head of Creative Industries.

During the interview you will be able to discuss and present your portfolio of work and ask questions. This will be an opportunity for us to talk to you about your work and interests. 

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 College 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 College 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.

After this course

Further study

This course is the preferred progression route to higher education art and design specialised study and the majority of students use this course as a stepping stone into higher education. 

We have an excellent track record of placing students at prestigious universities and art colleges throughout the UK. 

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

The Foundation Diploma is a contemporary, innovative and challenging course that allows you to explore a wide range of disciplines including: 

  • Fine art, fashion and textiles
  • Photography and film
  • Animation and sound
  • Graphic art and design
  • Illustration and 3D crafts

Future careers

Employment in the art and design industry normally requires applicants to have studied at degree level. 

  • Fashion, textiles, jewellery and accessory design
  • Graphic design 
  • Illustration
  • Product design
  • Interior design
  • Concept art
  • Art education
  • Furniture design
  • Architecture
  • Exhibition and museum curatorship
  • Printmaking
  • Theatre design
  • Set design
  • Prop making
  • SFX design

Course costs

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here. Please speak to our Admissions team if you have any further queries: | 01273 667704

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase drawing materials. A portable hard drive (500GB minimum) will also be beneficial to support your learning.

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur incidental costs.

You may wish to purchase resources appropriate to the presentation of your work especially for the final major project and final show such as presentation materials, structures or props.

Open events

Register your interest for our next open events taking place in 2023. It's an opportunity to explore our amazing facilities and hear from our expert teaching staff.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND 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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