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Art and Design (Foundation Studies) BTEC Diploma at De Montfort University

Course description

Reasons to study Foundation Studies in Art and Design at DMU

  • Benefit from excellent facilities offering individual studio space right from the start of the course

  • As a student of this course you are eligible for direct entry onto many of DMU’s Art and Design courses providing you have achieved the required academic standard

  • You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work at the end of year show part of DMU’s Festival of Creativity

  • DMU is one of the most creative universities in the UK, according to the Which? University guide

You will study: fine art painting, sculpture, print, installation, multimedia, graphic design, computer graphics, illustration, surface decoration, textiles, fashion, contour, footwear, furniture, product, theatre design, jewellery, spatial design, contextual studies and lens-based media. An additional workshop skills certificate provides a full introduction to woodwork, metalwork, jewellery, plaster, plastics, ceramics and glass.


Course content

You will study in three stages:

Stage one introduces and enables you to explore basic art and design skills. This includes working in 2D and 3D with a range of basic material, media and methods. You will learn about drawing in its broadest sense, develop visual language skills and learn how to develop ideas.

Stage two is a programme of specialist studio activities with pathways in fine art, graphic design, 2D and 3D multi-disciplinary design, providing an opportunity to identify your chosen specialist subject. This also prepares you for making applications to degree courses.

Stage three provides an opportunity to confirm your direction in art and design and maximise your potential. You will develop an individual portfolio of work along with an understanding of the contemporary context in which artists and designers work.

Entry requirements

You should normally have:

  • A portfolio of work, or evidence of recent experience in art and design
  • Five GCSEs grades A*- C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above
  • One A Level or equivalent, in an art and design subject
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points

All equivalent qualifications are welcome as are mature students with alternative experience


Include samples of your strongest and most recent work such as sketchbooks, drawings, model making, painting, design projects, photography, crafts, video or animations. Work should be easy to look through, but does not need to be mounted. Photographs of large or fragile work are acceptable.


The final exam comprises an assessment and exhibition of your work. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Montfort University directly.

Last updated date: 17 December 2015

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