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

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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:

Statement of purpose - Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies (PDF 1 MB)

Statement of purpose - Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies (PDF 1 MB)

Qualifications at a glance

Level 3

  • Units - 7
  • TQT Hours - 1,200
  • GLH - 680
  • Typical course duration - 1 year
  • UCAS points (Pass/Merit/Distinction) -  80/96/112
  • QAN - 500/5316/4
  • Typical progression - Visual communication, 3D design, fashion, fine art

Level 4

  • Units - 7
  • TQT Hours - 1,200
  • GLH - 680
  • Typical course duration - 1 year
  • UCAS points (Pass/Merit/Distinction) -  N/A
  • QAN - 500/3360/8
  • Typical progression - Visual communication, 3D design, fashion, fine art

Specification and documents

Diploma in Art & Design - Foundation Studies specification V9.3 (PDF 676KB)

Centre handbook (PDF 419KB)

Level 3 Grade Criteria Exemplification Matrix V1.0 (PDF 208KB)

Level 4 Grade Criteria Exemplification Matrix V1,0(PDF 208KB)

Stakeholder support

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with subject 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

Arts University Bournemouth - letter of support (PDF 42 KB)

Leeds College of Art - letter of support (PDF 45 KB)

Ravensbourne - letter of support (PDF 48 KB)

University for the Creative Arts - letter of support (PDF 45 KB)

Level 4

Arts University Bournemouth - letter of support (PDF 38 KB)

Ravensbourne - letter of support (PDF 63 KB)

University for the Creative Arts - letter of support (PDF 262 KB)

University of the Arts London - letter of support (PDF 40 KB)

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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