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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

In Partnership with – YSI Yorkshire Sculpture International and The Art House 2019

Course Name 
Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignAvailable for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 1 year
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body UAL
Offering Code DFL3AAD
UCAS Tariff Distinction 112 • Merit 96 • Pass 80
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement No
Mandatory Placement No
Programme Design and Overview The Foundation Art and Design programme is a stimulating course to prepare you for Higher Education or employment that will allow you to explore a wide range of creative activities before committing yourself to a single area of study within your chosen specialist pathway. Keep an open mind and you will be on your way to joining those professional artists and designers whose work enriches our everyday lives.
What you will Study

There are three stages to the programme:

Part 1 - Learning Skills and Content

Through studio and workshop projects, you will be introduced to a diverse range of media, materials and methods of working. You will learn how to research and develop your ideas and how to evaluate and reflect on your progress at relevant stages through reflective learning journals and online blogs.

Part 2 - Development and Progression

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course is designed to help you identify and specialise within your chosen area of study, ultimately establishing a high-quality portfolio to prepare you for interview to enter Higher Education and subsequent employment. Building on skills from Part 1, you will integrate your research, ideas and methods of working to produce a body of work that allows you to analyse your interests and ambitions and to investigate directions to pursue.

Part 3 - Project Proposal and Realisation

The focus of Part 3 is on further development of your individuality and independence as you propose and realise your final major project integrating planning, research, ideas, methods, evaluation and reflection. Your project is displayed in the foundation exhibition - open to the public, family and friends.

How you will Learn

Through a range of projects involving investigation, research and communication skills, you will examine historical and contemporary aspects of Art and Design in order to analyse and prepare research information for written and seminar presentations.

You will be taught a range of fundamental artistic skills including drawing, mixed-media and painting which will develop into more personal techniques as you progress into areas such as textiles, fashion, 3D and digital work.

As well as regular local visits to galleries, museums and exhibitions, there will be a culturally enriching residential visit to consolidate your understanding of art appreciation and inform your own work.

Course Structure Theoretical Practice: 20%; Practical: 80%
Nature of Assessments on the Programme Assessment is continuous with final grading being subject to external moderation. Students will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction, awarded for their knowledge and understanding, personal development and manipulation and translation.
Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at 9-4, including English and maths
An A-Level or Level 3 qualification, preferably in a relevant creative subject

A portfolio of work

Attendance Expectations You will study in College over four days and you will also be expected to work independently in your own time.
Attendance - Please note

This is part of a full-time Study Programme.

It may be available as a standalone fee-paying course that is not part of a full-time Study Programme subject to sufficient interest. For further information call Course Information on 01924 789111.

Fee Information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.
Further Study Foundation Degrees or BA (Hons) Degrees in all areas of Art and Design. Foundation Degree Commercial Photography or Foundation Degree Web Design offered at Wakefield College.
Career Opportunities Work as a self-employed fine artist, photographer or crafts-person, or as a designer in a variety of specialist areas of study including Illustration, Graphic Design, Surface Pattern Design, Interior Design, Costume Design and Jewellery Design.
How to Apply

Please complete a full-time application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

For Further Details

Please email Jen Marshall:  or alternatively, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Course Groups (W) 19+ Loan
Course Groups (W) Vocational Course
Subject Area (W) Art & Design
Client Group (W) 16-18
Client Group (W) International
Client Group (W) 19+
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Information last amended: 09 May 2022 11:00

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