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Art and Design Diploma in Foundation Studies at Isle of Wight College

Course description

This Level 3 qualification aims to educate students to make informed decisions which will facilitate their progression, primarily to appropriate higher education in art & design. It builds on a learner’s prior experience, linking skills already acquired, with ideas and challenges which will extend learners critical independence, and provide them with a full understanding of the career opportunities in art, design and the media. The course is structured in ‘stages’ to allow you to further develop your skills.

Stage one

The ‘Exploratory’ stage is ‘diagnostic’. You will be introduced to a range of art and design specialisms and working procedures.

Stage two

The ‘Pathway’ stage allows you to select your specialist areas in order to consolidate your skills, develop and reinforce your specialism, deepen their experience and build up a portfolio for your higher education application.

Stage three

The ‘Confirmatory’ stage is a period of sustained study centred around a personal final major project, which is written by you with a clear orientation towards your specialist choice. The course culminates in an end of year exhibition and portfolio of work.

Course content

The course is a multidisciplinary experience where you will engage in a variety of Art & Design disciplines, including; Fine Art, Drawing, Photography, Illustration, 3D studies, Textiles and Printmaking. You will also be able to develop the wider skills essential for Higher Education, such as critical analysis and evaluation, ideas generation and development and sketchbook work.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Normally one GCE A level (or two GCE AS levels) – minimum of 80 tariff points
  • Extended Diploma in Art (Level 3) in a related subject area.
  • Four GCSE passes at grade C or above, including English and maths and at least one art related subject.
  • Other relevant and equivalent qualifications may be considered on an individual basis.


  • Include creative work in a variety of media that shows your interest in art and design, this could include painting, drawing, photography, ceramics or design work.
  • Sketchbooks, notebooks, worksheets and ideas sheets, as well as finished work.
  • Examples of written work, such as an essay, case study, evaluation or exhibition review.


Through a structured series of practical projects, some written assignments, tutorials, lectures and group assessments.

Future opportunities

This programme is designed to help you to make an informed choice about the pathway you would like to follow at University, although students planning to go into employment may also benefit from extended their A Level or BTEC study for another year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
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