UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design — Overview
The Foundation Diploma Art & Design will enable your process of thinking and making to develop within a vibrant and diverse creative environment.
This is an exciting and immersive course that prepares you for degree study in the creative arts.
You will explore a range of subjects and learn through experimentation and risk taking.
This course will help you to move beyond your comfort zone, establish your unique voice and identify your areas of interest.
Striking a balance between taught sessions and your own independent studio practice, our experienced and knowledgeable tutors will challenge you to work beyond your comfort zone.
You will develop an individual approach to problem-solving, giving you the confidence to discuss your work in formal and informal settings, in large and small groups.
What will I achieve?
Stage one introduces you to critical thinking and creative approaches to art, design and media through a rotation of methodologies, processes and materials.
For stage two you will identify your chosen pathway and develop project ideas and outcomes. You will be supported and challenged by lecturers who are active in their field.
You will develop the skills and confidence to pursue your applications to degree-level study.
Stage three brings together your learning in the development of a self-initiated project which includes an extended critical essay and end of year summer show.
“The course was really interesting because it was so experimental – you try so many different things on it. I came in with experience in painting and some installation but worked on things like film and sculpture during too. That was one of the great things about it. We weren’t restricted at all.”
— Kez Dearmer, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design student
European or international student?
We welcome European and international students with a good command of English language skills (IELTS 6.0 or above). If you do not meet this requirement we offer a presessional course in English. Take a look at our international students page for more information.
If you are confident in your choice of specialist degree, we offer an Extended BA as an alternative to our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. This programme, with a similar structure to our Foundation Diploma course, prepares you for degree-level Higher Education study over a year before pre-confirmed progression on to the first year of one of our degree programmes.
Applying to our UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Because we receive a high number of applications and have a limited number of places for this course, we recommend that you make your application to us as early as possible. You don't don't have to wait for your results to get an interview, we like to meet and interview all applicants. Find out more here.
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