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

Offered at Levels 3 and 4, the UAL Diploma in Art and 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 and 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 and Design - Foundation Studies (PDF 1MB)

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

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From October 2019, UAL Awarding Body will no longer accept registrations for this qualification at new centres. Registrations will be accepted at centres already delivering this qualification until 31 October 2021. We will be working with all centres to gradually implement the new UAL Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design during this period.

Contact

To find out more about this qualification please email academic.awarding@arts.ac.uk.

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

UAL Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies specification (PDF 4.1MB)

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.

You can request Letters of support for this qualification. Email: qualdev.awarding@arts.ac.uk.

Working with us

Interested in delivering the UAL Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies?

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