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UAL Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Offered at Levels 3 and 4, the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 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 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design qualification.

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

Statement of Purpose - UAL Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (PDF 164KB)

More information

If your centre currently delivers our UAL Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies, you will need to seek approval to deliver this new Foundation Art and Design qualification.

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

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Artwork by Alison Christina Hearld, Leeds Arts University Caption

Qualifications at a glance

Level 3

  • Units - 3
  • TQT Hours - 1,200
  • GLH - 680
  • Typical course duration - 1 year FT, 2 years PT
  • UCAS points (Pass/Merit/Distinction) -  80/96/112
  • QAN - 603/3138/0
  • Typical progression - Higher education, vocational courses, employment, apprenticeships

Level 4

  • Units - 3
  • TQT Hours - 1,200
  • GLH - 680
  • Typical course duration - 1 year FT, 2 years PT
  • UCAS points (Pass/Merit/Distinction) -  n/a
  • QAN - 603/3139/2
  • Typical progression - Higher education, vocational courses, employment, apprenticeships

Specification and documents

UAL Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design specification (PDF 4.9MB)

UAL Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design specification - Welsh language (PDF 3.3MB)

Delivery guidance available upon request from academic.awarding@arts.ac.uk.

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

For first delivery in 2018/19 academic year by approved centres.

These qualifications have been recently developed, and a small selection of centres will be delivering them during their first year of operation.

For further information, or to register your interest in order to be notified when the qualifications are ready to be offered to all centres, please contact the Qualification Development team at qualdev.awarding@arts.ac.uk.