School of the Arts, English and Drama

Art and Design Foundation Studies

"I'm given the adequate space, support, and workshops to facilitate the manifestation of all of my creative ideas." Balkaar Singh, Foundation Diploma, 2016-17
"You explore many different styles, media and processes, which allows you to develop a large body of work." Beth McGlynn, Foundation Diploma, 2016-17
"The foundation year has bridged the gap between A levels and a degree course, allowing us to explore new artistic possibilities, workshops and processes." Kate Freckelton, Foundation Diploma, 2016-17

The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies is a fast-paced, fun and creative course that encourages you to develop your artistic ability. You will learn a broad range of skills before tailoring the course to what you enjoy and eventually choosing the specialist undergraduate course best suited to you.

Our internationally renowned staff will help you grow as an artist over the year, teaching you both theoretical and practical learning in 3D Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Illustration and Textiles. You will gain a solid grounding in the conceptual, practical, historical and theoretical elements of each of these subjects, and then be given the freedom to tailor the course to focus on your preferred area.

Why Choose Us

  • World Renowned 

    Top 40 in the World for Art & Design (QS World Rankings 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

  • Academic Excellence 

    Top 3 in the UK for Fashion and Textiles
    (Guardian University Guide 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

    Top 3 in the UK for Art & Design 
    (Complete University Guide 2019)

    Top 5 in the UK for Art & Design
    (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, 2017, 2018)

    Top 5 in the UK for Design & Crafts [includes GCI]
    (Guardian University Guide 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. 2019)

  • Excellent Progression 

    95% of our students were accepted by Higher Education institutions for higher degree study in 2018

  • Independent recognition 

    Rated outstanding in our latest Ofsted inspection for learning outcomes (2018)

  • Fantastic Facilities 

    6 Creative Hubs across the School