Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is an intensive one year course. It is primarily designed to bridge the gap between Sixth Form and University studies, supporting progression to a subject specialist art and design programme at Art College, or to an Honours Degree at University.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      FREE if under 19 when enrolling. £5421 if over 19.
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      1 year
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  • Overview

    The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is designed to enable you to produce a substantial portfolio of work. There are three stages to the course.

    1. Exploratory Stage

    • Information and research.
    • Recording and responding.
    • Development of drawing skills
    • Experimentation with a wide range of specialist  media and materials, and use of historical contemporary and cultural research to inform your own practical work.


    This stage will introduce you to a wide range of specialist skills. You will complete a series of set assignments to develop your drawing, making and technical skills in all areas.

    2. Pathway Stage

    • Information and interpretation.
    • Combined experimental studies.
    • Media development.
    • Preparation and progression.


    This stage further develops the skills from Stage 1 as you make your decisions about your preferred choice of degree subject. You will also construct a portfolio of your best work in preparation for university interviews.

    3. Confirmatory Stage 

    • Integrating theory and practice.
    • Personal confirmatory study.


    At this stage you will decide on a topic for your final project. You will need to develop your computer skills for the written element of the course and make gallery visits to research artists and designers’ work. The final major project is the culmination of the course and an opportunity to further refine and demonstrate specialist skills.

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  • Equipment Required

    As this is a high-level course building on previous experience, it is assumed that you will already have a range of drawing and painting equipment. You will need to build your own set of materials.

  • Entry Requirements

    The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Runshaw College has a reputation for excellence. In order to maintain and develop these high standards, to apply for the course you must have achieved good A Level grades (A*-C) or good National Diploma grades (Merit, Merit, Pass or higher) with at least a Grade C or a Merit grade in an art subject.
    You must also have achieved GCSE English and Maths at Grade A*-C/Grade 9-4, or be willing to undertake an English or Maths qualification alongside your course. Advice and guidance on obtaining a relevant English and/or maths qualification can be provided at interview.
    Exceptionally gifted candidates without these qualifications will also be considered. All prospective applicants will be interviewed and must show enthusiasm, commitment and creative ability through a portfolio of artwork.

    All prospective applicants will be interviewed and must show enthusiasm, commitment and creative ability through a portfolio of artwork.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Constant evaluation with group critiques will help develop an understanding of your progress. There are assessment reviews at the end of all stages with a final exhibition at the end of Stage 3. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction. Stages 1 and 2 are assessed at Level 3. Stage 3 is assessed at Level 4.

  • Progression Pathway

    Our students progress to a wide range of degrees at prestigious institutions throughout the UK.
    A range of exciting career opportunities are available in the creative industries including:

    • Animator
    • Art Therapist
    • Arts Administrator
    • Ceramics Designer
    • Community Arts Worker
    • Digital Arts
    • Fashion Designer
    • Fine Artist
    • Furniture Designer/Restorer
    • Tattoo Artist
    • Graphic Designer
    • Illustrator
    • Interior & Spatial Designer
    • Jewellery Designer
    • Museum Curator/Exhibitions Officer
    • Photographer
    • Printmaker
    • Production Designer
    • Theatre/TV/Film
    • Sculptor
    • Teacher/Lecturer
    • Textile Designer
    • Web Designer
    • 3D Designer
  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.