University of the Arts London (UAL) Diploma in Art and Design (Foundation Studies)

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Level Location Length UCAS Fee Ask Apply
Higher Education Centre for Creative Industries 1 year Please note that you will not be able to apply via UCAS for this course. Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Many of the top universities offering Art and Design regard a Foundation Diploma as the accepted path onto a degree programme. Running this University of the Arts London Awarding Body qualification, allows us to keep up to date with contemporary developments in both our provision and with regard to what is happening in the wider art world. Our subject specialists share their wealth of knowledge in a range of pathways which include Fine Art, Printmaking, 3D Materials, Fashion/Textiles, Graphic Design and Lens Based Media. This qualification will provide you with historical, theoretical, cultural, social and political contexts for your practical work.

The qualification is divided into three parts and is unit and coursework based, with work being assessed at key points during the year. All students are supported by lecturers with a subject specialism and a personal tutor who will offer a high level of tutorial support and guidance. A critical and contextual programme supports studio practice alongside practical teaching and activity.

What topics will I study?

Key components:

  • Student-centred modules increase both the depth and breadth of study
  • Opportunities to visit local, national and international galleries and we have close links to the SPACEX Gallery, Exeter Phoenix and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter
  • Encouragement of unfamiliar and thought-provoking methods of working extends visual awareness
  • New materials and processes will be introduced and students encouraged to explore, experiment, investigate and analyse
  • Support in making informed choices concerning future specialism and progression opportunities, and individual support with UCAS for those keen to progress to higher education
  • A belief in personal expression and the development of the individual is at the heart of the programme
  • The opportunity to produce work of requisite maturity to support a higher education application

What experiences will I get?

There is usually a residential visit. In the past the course has been to Berlin, Barcelona, Venice, Florence,  New York and San Francisco.

What are the entry requirements?

You should normally have a minimum of five subjects at GCSE and usually have studied at A Level or have completed a BTEC or National Diploma in Art and Design programme. You will have to present a portfolio of work at interview that demonstrates an interest in and a curiosity about the visual world and a desire to communicate this to a wider audience.

Please note, to study this course you will need to be aged 17 to 21 years of age. Those who are 19+ who already have a full Level 3 qualification have the option to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan of £5,421 to cover the cost of the course, with a £95 studio fee to be paid in addition. For those over 21 years of age please consider applying for the Access to HE Diploma - Art and Design with us - click here for more information

Please download the Art Reference Request which will need to be completed by a referee and returned with your application.

What facilities are there?

The Art and Design Department has eighteen art studios, a Print workshop, a Ceramics workshop, a 3D workshop, Photographic darkrooms, Photoshop and PremierPro software on PCs.

What can the course lead on to?

You will be fully supported to make informed choices concerning future specialism and progression opportunities, you will also be offered individual support and guidance with your UCAS application if you are keen to progress to higher education.
You could apply to progress onto an Honours Degree or Foundation Degree in a related area at university, previous students have gone on to UCL – The Slade, Goldsmiths College and University of Brighton. It is also possible to continue to study at Exeter College on our Foundation Degrees, which include Photography and Digital Arts, Fine Art and Graphic Communication, Creative Digital Video and TV Production. Alternatively you could seek employment in the industry.

Are there any additional costs?

Additional costs include a £30 Caution, an Exam fee and a studio fee (TBC).
N.B. Entrants who are 16-18 years old on 31st August will pay studio fee (TBC) and £30 Caution only.
Students aged 19 and over are required to pay tuition, caution, studio and exam fees.

Did you Know

UAL Progression Partnership
Exeter College is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by University of the Arts London Awarding Body to be one of their Progression Partnership Colleges. Exeter College is one of 10 partners who have been initially selected to take part in this pilot.

"The progression partnership agreement is designed to facilitate student applications from institutions with high quality further education provision to courses at University of the Arts London" says Nick Juba, UAL Awarding Body Director.

Click here to find out more. 

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