Foundation Arts Diploma (FAD)


Foundation Arts Diploma (FAD)

The highlights of this course include visits to galleries and exhibitions, opportunities to enter local and national competitions, expert course guidance on the creative sector, your own dedicated base rooms and work spaces with industry standard equipment, and lots more. This qualification will give you an additional edge when applying to universities and for jobs in the creative industries. You will benefit from hearing from guest speakers and practising creatives, both from the industry and higher education.

Course Information

  • Start Date 02/09/2019
  • Course Ref FDARTS
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees £ FREE for 16-18
    19+ Please see below

If you are over 19+ then please contact us for more information

What will I do?

This course is three phases: Learning Skills and Context, Development and Progression and Proposal and Realisation. This includes the study of:
• Drawing and visual studies
• Fine art, painting, sculpture, printing and performance art
• 3D Design and crafts
• Photography, image and digital media
• Fashion and textiles
• Graphic design and illustration
• History of art & design, cultural studies
The first term is an exciting menu of taster workshops to help you make informed choices about career destinations, to support Higher Education and Employment progression. You will specialise in terms two and three.

What's next?

Having successfully completed this course you could progress to an HND/Foundation Degree, BA Honours Degree course, junior employment or creative apprenticeship.

Is it for me?

Is your goal to progress on to Higher Education in Art and Design or enter junior level employment in the Art and Design industry? The Foundation in Art and Design Diploma is an intensive and demanding one year pre Degree course that is designed to assist you in expanding your portfolio through three phases.

In the first term you will encounter the ‘Learning Skills and Context’ stage. This is followed in the second term by ‘Development and Progression’ and finally the third term will be the ‘Proposal and Realisation’ Stage where you will complete a personal project for an exhibition.

• Visits to galleries and exhibitions
• This qualification will give you an additional edge when applying to Universities and jobs
• Build your portfolio with a vast variety of techniques and art forms
• Guest speakers and practising creatives from industry or higher education
• Your own base room and work spaces
• Display your work in our end of year public graduate exhibition
• Opportunities to enter competitions
• Expert course guidance on the creative sector

You require a minimum of one A2 Level (preferably in Art) and four GCSE’s at grade C(4) or above. You may also have a National Diploma or Certificate in a related subject.


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