UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

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UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Who is this course for?

This course is specifically aimed at students wishing to study Art & Design at degree level and who have already achieved Level 3 qualifications (A Levels or equivalent) but have not yet developed the specialist Art & Design skills necessary to meet the entry requirements of an Art & Design degree. The Foundation Diploma is designed to help students build a strong art portfolio.




What are the entry requirements for the course?

  • Students must be 18 or over.
  • 1 A-Level in a related subject, or equivalent Level 3 qualification (BTEC, OCR etc.).
  • A portfolio of art and design work is required.
  • Satisfactory interview and references.
  • Mature students or those with alternative qualifications/experience will be considered on an individual basis.



How long is this course?

A one-year full-time course.


What will I study on this course?

This course gives a strong grounding in a range of practical disciplines, as well as a thorough introduction to contextual and aesthetic studies. 

Disciplines include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, 3D design and textiles.

Students will gain a clearer understanding of their potential area of specialism prior to degree level study.


What Qualification will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.


Will I go out on work experience?

Students have the opportunity to work on a range of live client briefs during the study programme.


What does this course lead on to?

Study at degree level in Art & Design or related fields.

Employment within a wide range of creative industries.


How much will it cost?

  • There are no fees for this course.
  • It will be necessary to purchase various items of art equipment.
  • There may also be an off-island study trip – cost to be confirmed.


How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact the Highlands College Admissions team on 608582 or email


Additional Information

Subject to numbers a field trip to London takes place early in the spring term.