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Art and Design Foundation Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

Our established BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a one-year intensive course over three to four days per week. It is designed to enhance your capacity to learn and develop those faculties and skills which lead to independent learning and critical awareness. This is a full-time course which will explore a wide range of art and design disciplines and is for students wishing to progress to art and design courses at university. This course is designed for learners aged 18+ who have already studied at Level 3 and wish to undertake an intensive and exploratory pathway that will lead to a HE course within the creative industries.

Course content

The course is an informative, challenging, and enjoyable year during which you will be able to experience new creative ideas and work processes, engage with students and tutors and make successful progress to your chosen degree or career destination. It will also be a period of intensive, rapid study with emphasis placed on your capacity for critical analytical thinking, research, experimentation, and the capacity to respond positively to constructive critical appraisal of work. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of disciplines, including painting and drawing; life studies; 3D studies in sculpture; design; textiles; printmaking; graphic communications; time-based media; and contextual studies. The foundation diploma allows you to choose your specialist area with a view towards higher education.

Entry requirements

You will need to give one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance in your last place of study or work. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required. You will need an additional two GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, plus one A level in art and design or a suitable art-based extended diploma plus portfolio. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


All units are assessed through practical assignments.You will receive formative assessments and feedback that will inform you of the grade you are working towards. We will set targets that inform you how to improve.There are no examinations or external assessments on this course.

Financial information

Material fee £50.00.

Future opportunities

Successful completion allows direct entry to higher education. this could be to our own foundation degrees in fashion, footwear, photography, graphics and e-media or artistic make up or to national institutes. The course would also equip you with skills to seek employment at junior level within the creative art and design industries.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 September 2017
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