Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (UAL Awarding Body)

LCC’s one-year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design gives you the chance to explore and experiment with a wide range of project-based design, art and media activities, to prepare you to move on to a range of undergraduate courses in these areas. Our Foundation Diploma is specifically focused towards design and media which is reflected across our three pathway options: Design, Film and Photography.

please note:

September 2015 was the last intake of this course. University of the Arts London offers a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design taught in two centres at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon. This is a year long preparatory course where you explore various art and design disciplines, experiment with a range of materials, methods and approaches, and build a portfolio. Find out more about the Foundation in Art and Design.


Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant & Castle

Study LevelFoundation
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year full time
Home/EU Fee

Applicants aged 19 - 23 years pay £3,600, plus registration fee.
Applicants 24+ year olds pay £5,421, plus registration fee.
If you are under 19 years old on 31 August 2014 you do not pay tuition fees for this course.
Please note that fees are subject to inflationary increase, visit the University tuition fees page for more information. 

International Fee

Tuition fees for 2015/16: £11,700
Registration fee: £130 
Please note that fees are subject to inflationary increase, visit the University tuition fees page for more information. 

Start DateSeptember 2015
Autumn Term DatesMonday 7 September 2015 – Friday 18 December 2015
Spring Term DatesMonday 4 January 2016 – Thursday 24 March 2016
Summer Term DatesMonday 11 April 2016 – Friday 20 May 2016

Content and Structure


The aim of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and experiment within a wide range of project-based art, design and media-based activities in order to prepare them for progression into Higher Education art, design and media courses. The course will enable you to build on your existing skills, and offer new practical, critical and theoretical experiences, with an emphasis on drawing in its broadest interpretation. The course provides a structure to assist you in making informed choices for your future education and career.

Unlike some other Foundation courses, LCC's is specifically focused towards design and media and this is reflected in the curriculum. Students who apply should have a clear idea of their prospective progression aspirations and be able to discuss these at interview.

The course draws on the expertise of staff teaching within the following pathway areas:

  • Design
  • Film
  • Photography

Pathway descriptions:


The Design pathway offers students challenging brief-based design projects that enable the extensive exploration of solutions through a range of materials, media and methodologies. There is an emphasis on research, with students introduced to a variety of creative processes that include bookbinding, digital design, photography, printmaking, letterpress, typography and spatial design.

Students will develop practical skills that underpin the transition to a range of design courses in Higher Education in order to become broad ranging and creative communication designers working in print, digital and three-dimensional spaces.

Design pathway students have historically progressed to Undergraduate courses in all aspects of design, including advertising, animation, games design, graphic and communication design, illustration, information design, interaction and moving image and spatial design.


As part of collaborative production teams, Film pathway students work on a number of projects which begin by examining key genres and film styles to focus their creative output. Students are introduced to key elements in the production process, from project research and proposal development to scriptwriting, storyboarding, post-production and editing using Final Cut Pro. Students develop an individual portfolio of film work as well as developing skills and knowledge across a range of production roles.

The course offers hands-on learning with a range of digital equipment, the support of tutors who are industry practitioners, and a screening programme of important historical and contemporary movements in global cinema and video practice. Students progress from the film pathway to enter Higher Education at all levels, and some go into work in the industry.


The Photography pathway enables students to experiment within lens-based media within a series of set projects. Students are encouraged to use research to explore and extend ideas using digital and traditional methods of photography, and have access to a range of resources including wet and dry darkrooms, digital imaging and studio lighting. Photography students are also encouraged to experiment in cross-disciplinary processes such as printmaking, letterpress, bookbinding and moving image.

Many students within the Photography pathway progress on to Higher Education courses in Photography, Photojournalism and Fashion Photography and related subject areas at Universities throughout the UK.


The course is organised into three stages:

Part 1: Allows you to experiment with a variety of materials, media and ideas, encouraging you to develop research skills through practical assignments and projects.

Part 2: Builds on the techniques and skills introduced in Part 1 and integrates these through further exploration and problem-solving activities.

Part 3: Enables you to initiate your own research. You will propose and undertake a project which reflects your skills, abilities and interests, as well as your future career or progression route.

The course is supported by lectures that aim to increase your awareness and understanding of the visual arts and that will support areas of research relevant to project briefs. There is a requirement for the submission of a number of written pieces of work during your period of study with us.

Students pursue their chosen Pathway from the beginning of the course, and are asked to specify their Pathway choice at interview stage. Drawing is an integral part of each pathway area, and is seen as an exploratory and analytical activity that supports students in their creative practice. Drawing is explored and interpreted in the broadest sense and is related to areas of activity such as research, communication, exploration of materials and methods and reproduction.


The Foundation Diploma at LCC is designed to provide students with a clear progression route to a BA (Hons) Degree course, Foundation Diploma (FdAs) or other higher level art and design qualification throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. A significant proportion of our students decide to continue their studies at LCC or within the University after completing the Foundation Diploma.

Throughout the course, you will have guidance and encouragement to build a portfolio to prepare you for Higher Education. Foundation enables you to build confidence as a creative thinker and to broaden your approach to research and experimentation within a supportive environment. These transferable skills provide the essential basis that help to foster successful creative careers.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)