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Design Pathway - Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at City and Islington College

Course description

Do you love art and design? Is it your aim to study design at university? If you have A Level or Advanced Vocational Certificate qualifications, or are a mature student who has completed a preparatory art and design course, this course is for you.

Course content

This course gives you an opportunity to try many aspects of art and design within your chosen pathway: design.

The broad experience and skills you acquire on this course will help you to explore your own potential and build a portfolio of work.

You will study contemporary art theory and practice, and will learn traditional skills combined with experimental techniques, including exploring ground-breaking 2D and 3D design materials and processes.

You will also participate in an end-of-year exhibition of work.

Entry requirements

You will need a portfolio of work and:

  • 1 A Level and 3 GCSEs (Grades A*- C), including an A or B in Art or a closely related subject, or
  • 2 A Levels and 2 GCSEs (Grades A - C), including A* or B in Art or a closely related subject, or
  • 5 GCSEs (Grades A*- C), including an A or B in Art or a closely related subject, or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma.

Adult students are welcome to have an interview and a review of their prior achievement.

For International students, equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered along with an IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill), or equivalent.


You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and presentations. Practical assessment will include a final major project ending with a public exhibition of work.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, awarded by Edexcel.

Following the course, you can progress to a range of related degree courses and a wide range of careers, including in the film and creative industries.

Last year, many of our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students progressed to university, including a high percentage to colleges within The University of the Arts and Goldsmiths College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2016
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