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Art and Design Foundation Diploma at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is one of the best qualifications for those pursuing a career in the creative industries. It is a diagnostic course designed to help post A Level students to choose which Art or Design discipline they want to specialise in. You have the opportunity to explore a range of different disciplines, this enables you to explore the scope of creative art and design education and industry, where there are cross-overs and build your practical and creative skills-your creative tool-kit. The cost of choosing the wrong degree course is significant, both financially and emotionally. The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is the best way to ensure you make the right choice of subject and course at degree level. You will engage in a variety of Art & Design methodologies, including studio-based projects and teaching, study visits and workshop- based practice. This will enable you to develop a strong portfolio in your chosen field. Highly experienced subject tutors, who are also practitioners, will guide and challenge you whilst supporting you to make the right choices and helping you develop as a creative practitioner. You will be guided and supported through the UCAS system by tutors with exceptional individual degree course knowledge, to ensure you progress to the right course for you.

Course content

The course is designed to ensure that you have the utmost opportunity to expand your creative, theoretical and contextual skills. The foundation course is a diagnostic course. It will enable you to understand your strengths and areas for development and ultimately will help you decide which are you would like to specialise in. It introduces you to a wide range of skills and disciplines, such as:

  • Fine Art: 2D Painting and 3D Sculpture
  • Fashion design
  • Textiles and surface design
  • Graphic design & illustration
  • 4D Design: Product design, Ceramics, Applied crafts
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Contextual studies
  • Drawing and sketchbooks
  • Creativity and critical analysis

Entry requirements

A strong portfolio, motivation, enthusiasm and creative enquiry. Three A Levels or equivalent, including one in an Art & Design related area.


You will work on studio-based projects in an exciting and creative environment with the support and guidance of expert tutors. You will gain the confidence and experience to experiment, take risks and develop your creative skills. The course is divided into three terms: each term covers a series of units, which include projects designed specifically to push your creative responses, ideas, research methods, material manipulation, reflection and evaluation.

Future opportunities

Students can progress onto High Education or employment within the Creative Industries. The best Art & Design degree courses require this qualification in addition to A Levels as it guarantees a more accurate specialism choice.

Our students successfully gain entry to a huge range of reputable degree courses; we are highly respected by universities and art schools for the quality of education we deliver and the nature of the students we recommend.

Careers within art are diverse and include employment as an illustrator, designer, photographer or teacher. Many artists become self-employed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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