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Level 3 and Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (pilot)

Work by Dulcie Boote - Arts Uni Bournemouth
Work by Dulcie Boote - Arts Uni Bournemouth, L3 FAD. Copyright Eva Clifford

Offered at Levels 3 and 4, the UAL Awarding Body 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 Level 3 and 4 Diploma Foundation Art & Design (PDF 47KB)

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

Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design specification (PDF 1.42 MB)

Delivery guidance available upon request from b.tobin@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.

The following organisations have provided letters of support for this qualification:

Blackburn College - letter of support (PDF 99KB)

Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts - letter of support (PDF 119KB)

Edinburgh College - letter of support (PDF 193KB)

Leeds Arts University - letter of support (PDF 56KB)

Newcastle College - letter of support (PDF 254KB)

Ravensbourne - letter of support (PDF 333KB)

Stourbridge College - letter of support (PDF 319KB)

Plymouth College of Arts - letter of support (PDF 91 KB)

Working with us

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

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