West Thames College London

Art and Design - Foundation Diploma Level 3/4

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is for advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio to progress onto Higher Education. This course is normally a requirement for entry to BA (Hons) degree programmes at prestigious art schools. It gives you the opportunity to explore your creative potential and specialist area of study. You will study a broad range of disciplines including fine art, images and communication, 3D design, or surface pattern and communication. You will visit exhibitions and studios and go on a study trip; recent trips have included Lisbon and Venice.

Key course features


UAL Foundation Diploma

Level: Level 3-4

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio in order to progress to higher education.

About the course

The course includes units such as:

  • Researching, recording and responding
  • Media experimentation
  • Preparation and progression
  • Information and interpretation
  • Personal experimental studies
  • Extended media development.

You will study:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Wood, metal and plastics
  • Textiles
  • Graphics
  • Illustration and contextual studies
  • Fine art
  • Images and communication
  • 3D Design
  • Surface pattern
  • Decoration.

You may also study photography, computer-aided design and video.

A principal feature of this course is its rigorous tutorial system. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will monitor and guide your progress throughout the course.

Many materials are provided, but you will be required to buy some specialist materials. Financial assistance may be available to help with these costs.

Additional opportunities

You will visit exhibitions and studios and go on a study trip. Previous trips have included Cornwall, Venice, Lisbon and Barcelona.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a continuous process based on a partnership between you, your lecturer and your tutor. You are encouraged to participate in individual action plans to structure your own learning and you will receive guidance for applications to university.

The course concludes with an exhibition in June when you will mount individual exhibitions of work relating to your area of specialisation and submit work for contextual studies. Grades for the diploma are awarded according to personal achievement.

Where next?

BA (Hons) degree at university or art school.

Entry requirements
At least one A Level, BTEC Level 3 or other relevant qualification in art and design with 4 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4. We will also consider students who can demonstrate exceptional ability. You will need to show a portfolio of your work at your interview. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years.

If you are over 19 you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Please visit our <A
href="http://west-thames.ac.uk/en/courses/fees-and-concessions/advanced-learning-loans.cfm#activecontainer">Advanced Learner Loans</A> page for more details or call 020 8326 2015.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Hamid Ibrahim

    Level 3 Animation & Games Design

    Hamid Ibrahim

    "All of the course has been good but I'm really enjoying my final major project. I've taken an image of myself and turned it into a dragon. The project includes everything I've learnt and it's a good feeling to see it finished."



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