Foundation Degree (FdA) Art and Design
  • Validated: Validated by Kingston University

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Validated by Kingston University, the FdA in Art & Design (Foundation Degree) focuses on 'making as thinking', with studio work at the centre of study. Learners will refine their own art and design work, forming a basis for confident and self-directed practice in the creative industries. Learners will undertake a series of two and three-dimensional workshops and studio projects of varying complexity, which involve both individual and group work. To place learners' own work in a historical setting and support studio practice, there is also a varied range of lectures, seminars, trips and visits from practitioners. Tutorials provide you with individual support to all learners. On successful completion of the course learners can undertake the BA Hons Art and Design (top-up) one year programme.

Course Content

The course is delivered through a series of modules, which include two and three-dimensional workshops, studio projects and lectures of varying complexity with individual and group work. The award is made upon the accumulation of 240 credits, 120 for each year from the modules studied.


Modules Year 1: 
Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practice: Drawing, Drawing Systems and Visual Communication: Art and Design: Digital Applications and Historical and Contextual Studies.


Modules Year 2: 
Art and Design: Studio Practice (Disciplinary Focus), Art and Design: Independent Studio Practice, Professional Practice in Art and Design and Themes in Art and Design: Extended Essay.

Entry Requirements

Typically the minimum entry qualifications is 64 UCAS points from A level subjects, Foundation Diploma or BTEC qualifications in art and design.


Other routes: Alternative qualifications or experience equivalent to those listed above will be considered. International learners with equivalent qualifications and IELTS 6 or TOEFL 547 can also apply.


All routes: A portfolio of work and a satisfactory reference are required.

Duration and Delivery

Two years, full time. Next course start date: September 2018.


On completing the course you may have the opportunity to:

  • Enter employment in public or community arts, art education, gallery and arts administration
  • Be an independent art and design practitioner
  • Undertake a BA (Hons) Art and Design (top-up) at Kingston University subject to meeting entry requirements.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees 2017-2018:

Home/EU students - Year 1 £6300

International Students - Year 1 £9500


Tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to confirmation and may change.  They are likely to increase in line with inflation each year.


Institution Code K83, Course Code W990, Campus Code R.


This course will be delivered at the Creative Industries Centre.


For further information, please contact the Course Director, Judy Dibiase at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 0208 268 3227.





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