Art and Design or Media - Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diploma

Start Date: 6 September 2021
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
Location: King's Cross Centre
Suitable for: Adult Learners (19+)

About The Course

Designed to develop creativity and practical skills within Art, Design or Media, this course will encourage you to explore, experiment and take risks, which will extend your independent critical thinking and enable you to progress further.

The course is an intensive study programme for those aged 19 or older who want to widen their skills and develop a portfolio in preparation for work or further study in higher education.

It is divided into three stages: Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory stages, culminating in a personal project.

Throughout your study programme, there is also a focus on preparing you for a career in the industry. Your assignments may have a work focus and will involve assessments; some may be set by industry. You may be encouraged to market and sell artefacts that you have manufactured on the course.

This is how many independent artists start their career. You will also gain valuable work experience or work as an independent practitioner on client briefs.

What Will I Study?

This qualification is designed to enable you to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the different perspectives, approaches and ethics within diverse creative practice
  • Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information as part of their creative practice
  • Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate practical methods and skills for creative practice and production
  • Explore solutions to complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding
  • Use critical evaluation and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for your own learning, development and decision-making
  • Take responsibility for research, planning and time management to access and action progression opportunities
  • Effectively communicate and present ideas and creative practice to appropriate audiences

There are three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice
    In this unit, students will undertake a diagnostic investigation into visual language and creative practices. This exploratory investigation allows students to become familiar with and experiment within a wide range of (art, design and media) creative disciplines as part of their journey to, or reinforcement of, specialism in Unit 2 or Unit 3. 
  • Unit 2: Developing Specialist Practice (Level 3) or Unit 3: Developing Specialist Practice (Level 4) 
    This unit will provide students with the opportunity to reflect on the knowledge, skills and practices they have developed in Unit 1 of the qualification, and to define their creative ambitions by encouraging a holistic approach to a range of activities, which will support, contextualise and position their creative endeavour within their chosen specialist practice.
  • Unit 4: Consolidating Practice
    This unit aims to provide students with an opportunity to take control of their own learning and demonstrate their achievement by independently initiating, researching, completing and evaluating a project proposal and realisation within their chosen professional context.

What Will I Need?

You will need:

  • One year of A Level study (or equivalent)
  • GCSEs at grade 4 or higher in English Language and Maths, or Functional Skills at Level 2
  • A reference from your previous school/college
  • A portfolio of your art and design work

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.

How Will I Be Assessed?

The course is assessed throughout the year and with an end-of-course portfolio.

What Will It Cost?


If you will be aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.

What Can I Do After?

This course will help you to move on to higher level courses, such as a Bachelor of Arts, an apprenticeship or other employment.


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