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Our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design gives students the chance to experience different art and design disciplines, while helping them build a portfolio for their application to an undergraduate course within University of the Arts London or beyond.
Foundation Building, 1 Wilson Road, London SE5 8LU
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||1 year|
For those under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year you join the course - Free.
For 19 years old and over - £5,420 including registration fee (2016/17). 2017/18 fee to be confirmed.
£14,320 plus registration fee (2017/18).
|Start Date||September 2017|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday 4 September - Friday 15 December 2017|
|Spring Term Dates||Tuesday 2 January - Friday 23 March 2018|
|Summer Term Dates||Monday 9 April 2018 - Friday 18 May 2018|
Apply direct to Camberwell College of Arts
|Application Deadline||31 January 2017|
The Foundation Diploma is taught at its own dedicated site on Wilson Road, Camberwell.
Foundation Diploma students have a year of creative exploration ahead of them, where they’ll learn which art or design specialism is right for them.
The Foundation Diploma has full-time students from all over the world, and we offer in-studio support with English language tasks for any of our students who need this.
This multicultural environment is an important part of our course, as it brings together opinions and experiences from a variety of different cultures that all Foundation Diploma students can benefit from.
When applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students must choose from the following two modes of study:
Students will be introduced to all three pathways - Art, Communication and Design, before choosing one specialist option.
This mode is best suited to students who are unsure which pathway they wish to choose and want a broad range of experience to help them decide their future direction.
Students will be introduced to the specialist options within their chosen Art, Communication or Design pathway.
This is for students who are very confident in their future direction. This mode allows you to apply directly to one of the three pathways.
An introduction through lectures, seminars, studio projects, gallery and museum visits.
All students then get to decide on one specialist option and are given the tools to help them:
The diploma finishes with a personal project proposal that requires students produce a body of work for their final assessment, which will also become part of the college's end of year exhibitions.
Laurence Noga - Pathway Leader
Frank Owusu - Pathway Leader
Claire McCormack - Pathway Leader
Throughout the diploma, students have a Personal Tutor who ensures they receive the appropriate guidance to prepare them for Higher Education. This involves preparing an application and developing a portfolio of subject specific work.
Foundation Diploma students will be encouraged to progress to undergraduate study within the University of the Arts London. Our foundation and undergraduate academic staff will be on hand to support and guide students through the application process.
Our diploma graduates typically go on to take up their first choice degree at undergraduate level, with a high number continuing their studies within the University. Our students can also progress to courses throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability.
We look for:
Your personal statement should:
If you are a UK or EU student who has been accepted onto the Foundation Diploma, but did not achieve a grade C or above in GCSE English or Maths, you will be given the opportunity to retake the exams as part of your Foundation Diploma course.
When you enrol, you’ll need to provide evidence of your qualifications.
If you have not achieved minimum C grade in English or Maths, we will automatically enrol you onto a compulsory GCSE study programme. This will be closely tied to the Foundation Diploma course, so you’ll be studying things that are relevant and interesting to you.
Apply now for 2017 entry.
The deadline is 12.00, Tuesday 31 January 2017.
After you have submitted your online application you will receive an email requesting the following:
If you meet the entry requirements you may be invited to attend a portfolio review.
If you do not live in the United Kingdom or you can't, for exceptional reasons, attend a portfolio review, you may be able to submit your portfolio using University of the Arts London's online portfolio tool. You may also be able to arrange for a parent, guardian or friend to bring it in for you.
Apply now for 2017 entry.
There are two ways international students can apply to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design:
You should speak to your representative to find out how to submit your application.
Please do not use the online application form if you are applying through a UAL representative or the UAL Asia office.
After you have submitted your online application you will receive an email asking for the following:
Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History form.
We will email you an Immigration History form when we receive your application.
You will need to send this back to us by email with copies of the following documents:
If you do not send us your Immigration History form we will not be able to proceed with your application.
If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to interview.
If you live in the United Kingdom:
You should bring your portfolio with you when invited for an interview at the college.
If you live overseas:
The interview and portfolio review will be done by telephone or Skype.
Once your online application is complete you will be asked to submit your portfolio using University of the Arts London's online portfolio tool.
By email to:
Please note - the email account has a 7MB attachment limit per email. Files should either be compressed or sent in more than one email.
We will email you to let you know the outcome of your application. This will usually be within one week of your interview.
If your application is successful we will send you an offer letter.
The letter will contain details on how to accept the offer and how to get a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number.
If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask us a question about this course, please fill out our enquiry form.