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BTEC Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

This Foundation Diploma is a programme of experimental and integrated learning. It is designed to ensure that a full range of learning opportunities is provided which is necessary to help students be aware of the demands of art and design. The programme recognises the importance of independent thinking, organisation and motivation, leading to an informed choice of progression opportunities.


Course Content

The course is delivered through studio, workshop and lecture based practice across a range of Art & Design disciplines to enable students to make informed decisions and facilitate progression to undergraduate courses. The Foundation Diploma is characterised by experiential, experimental and integrated learning and is supported by visits to galleries, museums and other locations.

Entry Requirements

Students who enter with at least one of the following qualifications, and are 18 years of age, are likely to benefit most from the programme:


The minimum requirement is one AS Level qualification (A-E) or BTEC Extended Diploma (PPP) and GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent including English or Mathematics. A portfolio of work and a satisfactory reference are required.


Mature applicants may be considered without formal qualifications depending on portfolio and experience. A successful interview and satisfactory reference are required for all applicants.

International Entry Requirements:

English Language Level IELTS 5.5 or an equivalent Certificate. High School Leaving Certificate at C grade and above or a vocational A Level in Art and Design. Mature students may be able to enter without formal qualifications. Satisfactory Reference. Portfolio of work plus telephone interview if required.

Duration and Delivery

One year full time


Further study within the higher education sector, including graphic design, packaging, multimedia, film and video, film and animation, fine art painting/sculpture/media, interior design, architecture, media and cultural studies.

Additional Information

While some materials and equipment are provided, you will be expected to pay for most of your own equipment and materials, much of which is available from the College Shop.


There are also costs involved in visits and trips to galleries and museums, and the opportunity to travel abroad on a College trip.


This course will be delivered at the Creative Industries Centre from September 2020. For further course specific information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Foundation Diploma Art & Design is taught at Kingston College and is ideal for learners living in South West London, Surrey, Kingston and South London.


This course is delivered at the Creative Industries Centre.

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