Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies

Daniele Tonatti - FAD at Central Saint Martins
Daniele Tonatti - FAD at Central Saint Martins

Offered at Levels 3 and 4, the UAL Awarding Body Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies is a pivotal qualification, which provides a transition from general education to specialist art and design education.

The qualification has been designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk taking, which will extend the learners’ critical independence and enable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards required to achieve progression to higher education.

UAL Awarding Body is currently the UK's largest provider of the Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies (FAD) qualification.

Please read the UAL Awarding Body statements of purpose for these qualifications:

Qualification at a glance


 Level 3Level 4
TQT (Hours)1,2001,200
Typical course duration1 year1 year
UCAS points (Pass/Merit/Distinction)80/96/112N/A
Typical progressionVisual communication, 3d design, fashion, fine art

Specification and documents

Stakeholder support

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with subject matter experts, practitioners and further education colleges to ensure that it provides learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to prepare learners for employment and/or support a role in the workplace

The following organisations have provided letters of support for this qualification:

Level 3

Level 4

Working with us

Interested in delivering the UAL Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies?

Visit the Working with us page for information on the approval process for new and existing centres.

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