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Foundation Studies in Art and Design Level 3 at Gateshead College

Course description

This course is the first step if you want to go to university or want a career in art and design. It's a dynamic, fast-paced way of realising your goals.

Course content

The course is divided into three stages: 

  • Exploratory, You are introduced to a range of art and design disciplines
  • Pathways, You choose your own personal artistic direction
  • Confirmatory, You write and deliver your own project brief.

You will also be introduced to printmaking, digital media and life drawing (at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art).

The course has been designed to teach you 'how to do' and 'how to think' -- the essential components of success in today's thriving creative industries.

The subjects covered are extensive.

The course includes trips and gallery visits, and concludes with an exhibition of student work.

Entry requirements

This course is Level 3 - you will need to have the equivalent of at least four GCSEs at grade C or above - preferably including English and maths.


You will generate a portfolio of evidence during the course that will meet the requirements of the qualification.

Future opportunities

Students have progressed to degree courses in fine art, visual communication, animation, illustration, fashion and textiles, theatre design, costume design, photography, games design, interior design and product design.

Fast-track to an apprenticeship

If you can’t find the right apprenticeship vacancy or you want to do some studying first - no problem. You can start on a vocational study programme then once you’re ready and a vacancy becomes available, we’ll help you transfer on to an apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2016

Key information


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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.