The UAL Foundation Diploma in 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.
Our Foundation Diploma, validated by University of the Arts London, is a chance for students to discover, experiment and explore across a wide range of disciplines – as well as maximise their chances of gaining a First if they decide to progress on to degree-level study.
Within our dedicated Pre-Degree Campus, Palace Court and Palace Studios, you will explore a range of subjects and learn specialist techniques through experimentation and risk-taking.
This course will help you to move beyond your comfort zone, whilst establishing your unique creative voice and areas of interest.
Striking a balance between taught sessions and your own independent studio practice, our experienced and knowledgeable tutors will challenge you to challenge conventions.
You will develop an individual approach to problem-solving, giving you the confidence to discuss your work in formal and informal settings, and in large and small groups.
- Stage One of the course will introduce you to critical thinking and creative approaches to art, design and media through a rotation of methodologies, processes and materials.
- In 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 also 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.
We offer places to students who have a Level 3 qualification and a GCSE profile of at least 5 A*-C grades (or 9-4 in the grading scheme) including English and Maths and a combination of AS and A-Level qualifications (with one in a creative subject).
We also welcome applications from mature students who may not have the qualification profile – but who have other experience and knowledge. All applicants need to show a portfolio of creative work that reflects their passion, enthusiasm and commitment for art, design and media.
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 pages 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.
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.