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Level 3/4 Diploma in Foundation Studies - Art & Design (post 18) at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This pre-degree intensive course is an experience which will form the foundation of your professional arts practice for the rest of your professional life. Nurturing your understanding of global art, encouraging risk taking and invention this Study Programme will allow you to work to your strengths and embrace areas for development. The UAL L3 Diploma In Foundation Studies Art & Design is a highly regarded course which has helped individuals to progress onto outstanding places in Higher Education and win national awards and commissioned work.
The course is delivered over one year and is a progression route for learners who have completed A-Levels or have completed Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design and want an extra year  to broaden their awareness, applied thinking and extend their critical understanding and independence. The course helps individuals to make an informed decision when applying to art and design higher education.
Purpose of the qualification
Solve complex problems through the application of art and design skills through each of the three stages from Stage 1: the Exploratory Stage where you will experience tasters in each of the specialist areas; Stage 2: where you will select a specialist pathway as your base in either Printmaking, 3D/Fine Art, Textiles and Fashion and 4D/ Visual Communication; Stage 3: Confirmatory stage/ Self-Initiated Final Major Project internally/externally moderated at Level 4

Entry requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age
• 1 full A Level in Art minimum grade D or an art related subject (A Level Design Technology, A Level Art History, A Level Photography) or completed a BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended in an Art & Design subject, supported by five GCSE grades 9 - 4 (A*- C) or equivalent including art.

We will also interview learners who are 18 years of age who have successfully completed a level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an Arts related subject at Merit/Distinction level.

In addition

• A portfolio of work submitted at interview which demonstrates evidence of having achieved a standard which will enable the student to benefit from the course
• GCSE English Language and Maths is highly desirable especially if applying to Higher Education
• Show at Welcome Event an interest in the Art and Design industry e.g. portfolio of recent art/design work.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


We would like you to reach your full potential at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Course work is continually assessed by a range of methods which may include assignments, case studies, course work, self-assessment, feedback from clients and panel reviews. Summative assessment is applied to your Self-Initiated Final Major Project Art Proposal this is graded as: Pass, Merit, Distinction

There is regular one to one tutorial provision.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

This qualification helps you to progress on to

• BA/BSc/FdA at a Higher Education institution

• advanced apprenticeships within the wider commercial/creative based industries and supported through Cambridge Regional College

• employment e.g. a design practice, photography assistant or self-employment

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 July 2019
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