What are pre-degree and foundation courses?
These preparatory courses help bridge the gap between secondary school and degree-level study. They give you the chance to:
- expand your knowledge and skills
- develop a strong portfolio of work
- explore lots of subjects to help you decide what you'd like to specialise in.
Who are they designed for?
If you plan to study a practical undergraduate degree in areas such as fashion, art or design, we recommend completing a pre-degree or foundation course first.
We offer a range of options depending on your needs and background:
- Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD) courses for UK and International students.
- Pre-degree courses for International students.
Learn more about our students’ pre-degree experience in their own words
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD) is offered at Camberwell College of Arts and Central Saint Martins. This year-long course is designed for both UK and International students.
With 2 different pathways to choose from, you can tailor your studies to suit your interests. You can specialise in one subject area, such as Fashion or Fine Art, or you can take a broader approach and explore lots of different subjects.
All Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students who successfully complete the year will be guaranteed a place on an undergraduate course at UAL. This means that as long as you pass, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies at one of the 6 Colleges the following year. The offer(s) that you receive will depend on your portfolio. We cannot guarantee that you will be made an offer for each course you apply to, and, in some instances, you may be made an offer to an alternative course that you did not apply to.
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Camberwell College of Arts
Explore a variety of subjects or specialise in Art, Communication or Design at Camberwell College of Arts.
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins
Study a variety of subjects or specialise in 3D Design and Architecture, Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art or Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins.
Pre-degree courses for International students
Our pre-degree courses for International students are designed to help you adjust to living and studying in a new country. As well as workshop and studio-based learning, each course provides English language support and academic writing guidance.
Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen
An exciting course that develops your creative, academic and professional potential.
International Introduction to the Study of Design, Media and Screen
A practical and theoretical introduction to design, media and screen.
International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion
A practical introduction to fashion for students planning to study an undergraduate degree at London College of Fashion.
Taught entirely online, this 6 month pre-degree course will prepare you for an undergraduate degree in Art, Design or Communication.
International Preparation for Fashion (Certificate in Higher Education)
Develop the skills, knowledge and portfolio needed to progress to a specialist undergraduate degree in fashion.
Preparing a portfolio for foundation study
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