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Pre-degree

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Foundation Degree show installation 2018

College
Central Saint Martins
Start date
September 2022
Course length
1 year - full time

A year-long course to explore your creative practice and support your progression onto undergraduate studies.

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course. Visit the Courses with places available page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

This pre-degree course is often students’ first experience of art school. It helps you to define your individual practice and prepares you for further specialist studies in art and design.

UAL offers two foundation courses, you can apply to only one of them. Find out more on the UAL foundation page.

Great reasons to apply:

  • Specialist pathway: You can apply directly to any of the four curriculum areas: Fashion and Textiles; Fine Art; Graphic Communication Design; 3-Dimensional Design and Architecture.
  • Diagnostic pathway: If you want to explore your options, there’s a diagnostic pathway option where you can experience all four curriculum areas before focusing on a specialism.
  • Bridge to undergraduate studies and future careers: Most of our students go on to study at degree level at Central Saint Martins or other UAL Colleges. We’ll help you build a portfolio and prepare you for interviews to enter higher education and employment.
  • Experimentation and exploration: You'll be introduced to a range of materials and methods to develop your ideas and learn how to evaluate and reflect on your progress.

Open days

There are currently no open days scheduled for this course, please check back at a later date.

Virtual tours:
Instead you might be interested in checking out the College’s outstanding facilities and technical spaces in the through our virtual tours.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Open day: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Graduate Showcase

Explore work by our recent students on the UAL Graduate Showcase

  • A Lebanese Sustainable Model
    A Lebanese Sustainable Model, Pia Maria Tedy, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Mid-century Medieval
    Mid-century Medieval, Dowon Jung, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • ARTIFICIAL BODIES
    ARTIFICIAL BODIES, Ruby Snell, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Hedonism: A Form of Self-Destruction?
    Hedonism: A Form of Self-Destruction?, Noah Williams, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • more more (less) more
    more more (less) more, Johanna Strachwitz, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • The Fabric of Painting
    The Fabric of Painting, Martha Bealey, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • 'The Glamorisation Of Negativity'
    'The Glamorisation Of Negativity', Otto Garrod, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Ooh here comes another one!
    Ooh here comes another one!, Jada Puliga, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Gynandromorph
    Gynandromorph, Nina Hermans, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • 嘘(A Lie)
    嘘(A Lie), Jiemin Ren, 2021 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design stories

  • Foundation 2022: inside out
    Jack Oulton, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

    Foundation 2022: inside out

    We catch up with Foundation students before they move onto the next stage in their creative education. This year, we look at projects that put our insides on the outside or find delight on the boundary of the two.

  • Foundation 2022: looking local
    Hedvig Skarstedt, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

    Foundation 2022: looking local

    We catch up with Foundation students before they move onto the next stage in their creative education. This year, we look at projects that focus on local life, developing the areas around our campuses in King's Cross and Archway.

  • Class of 2021: Hybrid Cultures
    Marine Renaudineau, MA Material Futures

    Class of 2021: Hybrid Cultures

    On the Graduate Showcase you'll find a collection of work curated by the UAL Fashion Innovation Agency. Here, we pause on projects that embrace the dematerialisation of design and daily life.

  • Foundation 2021: Fashion and Textiles
    Charlie Deakin, Foundation in Art and Design

    Foundation 2021: Fashion and Textiles

    As our Foundation students move to the next stage in their creative education, we catch up with them to hear about their final projects and look back over a year unlike any other.

Course publications

Facilities

  • A wall filled with printed posters in front of which is a row of desks each with a computer
    Credit: Image courtesy of Central Saint Martins Image courtesy of Central Saint Martins,
  • a room full of computers with students working
    Image courtesy of Central Saint Martins,
  • Students working at a desk inside Central Saint Martins' Archway campus
    Image courtesy of Christopher Bethell, © Christopher Bethell

Course overview

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins is an intensive one-year pre-degree course designed to prepare students for specialist undergraduate degrees in art and design. For many students it offers the ideal bridge from a school education to the demands of specialist undergraduate study in the creative arts.

Foundation is often students’ first experience of an art school environment. It is a year of exciting projects, new peers and experiences that will inform your future study, career and creative life. Foundation is widely considered the best preparation for progression to higher education in the creative arts in the UK and we take pride in our dynamic course that supports you to fulfil your creative potential and ambitions. Many of UAL and Central Saint Martin’s most celebrated alumni of the last few years have progressed from this course.

The Foundation course at Central saint Martins is based at the Archway campus in north London. This is where all studio teaching sessions, technical workshop access and additional study support sessions are delivered. Students work in 12 specialist studios to develop their ideas, work collaboratively and take part in lively group teaching sessions. The Archway campus includes a dedicated digital suite as well as wood, metal, plastic, plaster, stitch and printmaking workshops, each supported by specialist technicians. Twenty-five minutes away, at the King's Cross campus, Foundation students access the library, learning zones, loan store, Student Centre, lecture theatres, digital print facilities and Lethaby Gallery.

Course units

There are two modes of study: Diagnostic or Specialist.

Diagnostic mode

With over 100 undergraduate options available within UAL alone it can be hard for students to know which is best for them. The Diagnostic mode is here to help you fully understand where your abilities and interests fit within art and design. It is best suited to you if you want to consider a wide range of disciplines before committing to a specialism.

Our aim as a course is to direct students towards the specialist pathway that will give them the best chance to develop a distinct, individual, body of work.

Specialist mode

The Specialist mode is for students who are confident of their future direction. This mode allows you to apply directly to one of the four curriculum areas. Each curriculum area is sub-divided into specialist pathways and during the first eight weeks of study, you undertake workshops across those pathways. These workshops guide students to explore a wide range of creative approaches within one overarching discipline.

Whichever mode you choose, over the first initial stage of the course you will be asked to experiment with a range of materials and processes that support ideas development within art and design. You will then be guided, through tutorials and assessment, to the pathway that best suits your interests and abilities.

The course is divided into four curriculum areas each with their own specialist pathways:

Curriculum Area: 3-Dimensional Design and Architecture

We will encourage the exploration of materials and the development of making skills. You will learn how to use tools and machinery, developing ideas through drawing and model making.

The three pathways are:

Architecture and Spatial Design

This pathway explores the built environment and the spaces inside and around them. Spatial and architectural investigations focus on scale, site, atmosphere, light, materials, context, function, human needs, innovative propositions and solutions. Concepts are based on the exploration of cultural, social, political and economic issues.

Jewellery, Footwear and Fashion Accessories

This pathway explores designing for the body. Jewellery investigates the decorative, intimate, meaningful or symbolic quality of objects worn on the body. Footwear and Fashion Accessories are rapidly growing sectors of the fashion industry, responding to current trends for the catwalk, the retail industry and contemporary craft practice.

Product Design and Ceramics

This pathway explores three different approaches to product design and ceramics: “design for production”, “conceptual approach” and “focus on making skills and innovative use of materials”. Students explore 3D objects within the context of materiality, function, meaning, location, contemporary living, social and political issues and the environment. You will learn to identify target audiences and analyse consumer behaviour.

Curriculum Area: Fashion and Textiles

We will encourage you to develop your individual strengths and create a personal and creative portfolio. We offer two closely related specialist pathways:

Fashion

Fashion design combines visual language and structures for the body. We teach fashion design that is specific to its cultural, social or political context. You will be taught to understand the importance of the silhouette and sculptural form related to the body. You will work with print, stitch and knit and explore machine and hand processes.

Textiles

This pathway combines an exploration of skills, technology and experimentation into colour and surface. Outcomes may be functional, decorative, symbolic, or conceptual, or a combination of all these. Work is made for variety of contexts including the fashion industry, art in a gallery context and designer-maker crafts. There is a focus on drawing, painting, collage, photomontage, and mixed media, for both figurative and abstract imagery.

Curriculum Area: Fine Art

We will support you in finding your own visual language or voice. It will help you place this voice in relation to the work of other artists through a consideration of art history and regular critique and discussion. We offer three specialist pathways:

Painting

You will explore the use of colour, image and representation. You will learn fundamentals related to water and oil-based paints, including the correct preparation of surfaces. In addition, there is a thorough investigation of the language of the image and other modes of representation. Some students may choose to explore painting with the use of digital media, photography and video.

Sculpture

You will investigate the physical nature of the world: material, form, objects and their relation to space and site. You will explore how time and action alter things such as process, doing and performance.

4D

This pathway focuses on the interplay between artistic experiment, media and technology, and explores the use of time-based media, lens-based production, durational performance and digital media. Projects and debates will develop your skills to critique and engage with pressing cultural and social issues.

Curriculum Area: Graphic Communication Design

We place an emphasis on the development and communication of ideas and creative thinking. Work is often in the public domain where the role of the communication designer to persuade, provoke, inform and entertain their audience.

We offer four specialist pathways:

Graphic Design

Graphic designers communicate a message, convey an idea as well as engage with a more speculative practice investigating forms of visual, aural and written language. Projects explore all forms of visual communication, and may include books and narratives, typography and letterforms, advertising and branding, print media, moving image and digital interaction.

Photography and Moving Image

This pathway is for students interested time-based media to frame, record, question and communicate ideas about the world around them. Outcomes can be poetic, dramatic, humorous or playful and projects explore photography, sound, found images, film, animation, image and text, book forms, performance and installation.

Illustration and Printmaking

Illustration is the process of using your imagination and visual language to interpret given content to enrich and communicate it. We encourage you to develop an original visual language, which you can apply to a brief and which communicates how you see the world. Projects explore drawing, information design, lettering, print, publishing and animation.

Fashion Communication

Fashion Communication is for students with an interest in art direction, fashion styling, fashion photography, fashion journalism or fashion illustration. You will engage with current designers, public contexts and a range of approaches to create and communicate the context of fashion. You will learn to create dynamic images and construct probing narratives that provoke, contextualise and promote the fashion industry and the cultures associated with it.

The course follows the same structure across all curriculum areas.

Part 1: Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice

Art and design methods and practices are explored and debated through a range of practical workshops. On the Diagnostic mode you will experience all twelve pathway options, while Specialist mode you will identify a pathway within your specialist area. At the end of this, you will focus on a single specialist pathway for the rest of your course.

Part 2: Developing Specialist Practice

Now that you are working within a specialist pathway you begin studies to fully understand the subject discipline, the range of associated careers and the progression opportunities within UAL and beyond. During this stage you will be supported to make a UCAS application and develop a portfolio for undergraduate admissions interviews.

Part 3: Consolidating Practice

You will undertake a final self-directed project. This project is your opportunity to focus on your future specialist creative subject area and prepare to progress to undergraduate study. You decide the subject of your own project and write a proposal. This project is assessed at the end of the course and provides you with your final qualification grade.

Mode of study

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design runs for 32 weeks full-time over one year. The course is full-time; however, the hours of delivery vary from each stage to the next. You may be expected to work on project work over five days, some of that in person and at times you will be expected to work alone (independent study). Typically, taught sessions are in person from 10.30am – 4.30pm. There may be, in addition to this, some online delivery.

Credit and award requirements

Each part is made up of 40 credits: Part One consists of 40 Level three credits and Parts Two and Three consist of 40 Level four credits each. To progress to Part Two you are expected to complete the units of Part One successfully.

To progress to Part Three you are expected to complete all previous parts successfully. To be awarded a Foundation Diploma you must accumulate 120 credits in total. This means you will need to complete all parts of the course to gain the Foundation Diploma.

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Staff

Programme Director

Chris Roberts

Fashion and Textiles

Curriculum Leader: Yvette Blundell

Fine Art

Curriculum Leader: Adrian Scrivener

Graphic Communication Design

Curriculum Leader: Lucy Alexander

3-Dimensional Design and Architecture

Curriculum Co-Leader: Karla Newell
Curriculum Co-Leader: Gabriel Birch

Diagnostic Studies

Academic Coordinator

Gary Colclough
Gail Evans

Access and Progression

Senior Lecturer and Knowledge Exchange Leader: Jo Simpson
Senior Lecturer and Knowledge Exchange Leader: Oonagh O'Hagan

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • 1 A Level or equivalent
  • Or equivalent Level 3/EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Certificates - 2 at ‘Higher Level’ and 1 at ‘Standard Level’ - all grade 4 or above

And three GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language requirements

IELTS level 5.0 or above, with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English Language requirements webpage).

Applicants who require a Student Visa must take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) which is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. Non-SELT tests cannot be accepted.

Achieving English and Maths GCSEs

Under existing funding regulations, if you are Home assessed student who is under 19 and has been accepted onto one of our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design courses, but did not achieve a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English or Maths, you will be given the opportunity to retake the exams as part of your course. This is Government Policy (post 16 Study Programme) and UAL are obliged to undertake this and ensure that GCSE teaching is provided and that students attend.

When you enrol, you will need to provide evidence of your qualifications. We will automatically enrol you onto a compulsory GCSE study programme if you have not achieved a minimum of a grade C/4 (or equivalent) in English or Maths.

If this applies to you, it is important to note that attendance is mandatory and you will have to attend the sessions alongside your FAD course.

In addition those students who are taking the GCSE Maths and English retake programme will ultimately be withdrawn from the Foundation Art and Design course as well if their attendance falls below the 85% level required, and this can happen at any point throughout the academic year. A separate attendance record is kept for these classes.

Here are a few key things to note:

We will keep a record of your attendance in accordance with the FE Agreed Absence and Attendance Policy. If you fail to turn up to your GCSE classes regularly and on time, your progress towards your Foundation Diploma could be affected.

  • You must re-sit your GCSE English and/or maths exams as part of the study programme, but failure to achieve a grade C/4 or higher will not affect your achievements on your Foundation Diploma in Art and Design unless you fail to attend the retake programme.
  • The exams do fall just out of term-time, but a weekly timetable will be distributed to enable you to plan your time accordingly.
  • It is highly likely that a degree-level or post-graduate course at UAL or any other institution may require you to have a grade C/4 or higher in English and maths, so this is a good incentive to enable you to achieve the relevant grades.

You will have the benefit of small, dedicated classes every week during term time with specialists within the field of education.

Making your application

This course is now closed to applications for 2022/23 entry

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

You may choose either the Diagnostic option or ONE of the Specialist pathways on the online application. Please note, in some cases we may offer you a place on the course but on a different pathway to the one you originally applied for.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, preferred name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)
  • Current English language level
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details.

Personal statement

Your personal statement should:

  • Be a maximum of 500 words
  • Tell us why you have chosen the course and how it will help with your future plans
  • Describe aspects of your current work that support your mode of study choice
  • Talk about the type of work you want to make whilst on the course.

Deferred entry

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

You can only apply to the Central Saint Martins (CSM) Foundation Diploma OR the Camberwell Chelsea Wimbledon (CCW) Foundation Diploma.  Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

Application deadline

The deadline for submitting your application is 13.00 (UK time) on 16th February 2022.  Please note applications will not be considered until after that date.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please add csm.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.  Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

This course is now closed to applications for 2022/23 entry

There are two ways international students can apply:

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

You may choose either the Diagnostic option or ONE of the Specialist pathways on the online application. Please note, in some cases we may offer you a place on the course but on a different pathway to the one you originally applied for.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, preferred name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)
  • Current English language level
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Personal statement

Your personal statement should:

  • Be a maximum of 500 words
  • Tell us why you have chosen the course and how it will help with your future plans
  • Describe aspects of your current work that support your mode of study choice
  • Talk about the type of work you want to make whilst on the course

Deferred entry

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Visas

Read our visit our immigration and visa advice page to find out whether you need a visa to study.

Application deadline

The deadline for submitting your application is 13.00 (UK time) on 16th February 2022.

Immigration history check

You will be asked to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  We will not be able to proceed with your application until you have submitted your completed Immigration History Form.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please add csm.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.  Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

After you apply

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Digital portfolio

You should upload 15 pages of your work for consideration against our entry criteria.  You are given a short deadline for submitting your work.

Please note that these can include photographs of worksheets or short videos of sketchbook pages and that you might lay out multiple works in one page as long as they are clearly visible (for example: presentation boards). You can also include links to blogs or other online sites.

Please read the following advice carefully:

Visualisation skills
  • Include evidence in the form of drawings you've made from observation of the world around you such as landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, people and objects (Don't rely on drawings from photographs.)
  • Do include experimental drawings, developmental designs, storyboards, technical design drawings, photographs, details of materials you have used.

Successful applicants demonstrate this through their sketchbook pages, worksheets, drawing, photography, textural or 3D work etc. and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

Research and investigative skills
  • Include evidence of the primary and secondary research sources which have informed the projects in your portfolio.  Your research should be annotated with critical analysis which demonstrates your engagement with the sources you have identified.
  • This can be in the form of scanned pages, photographs or even a short video of a sketchbook, notebook or blog. It is important for us to see how research informs your practice as an artist or designer.
  • It is also important for us to see where you gather your research from; site visits, gallery visits, books, magazines, visits to websites etc. if you aren’t able to do carry out this research in person.

Successful applicants demonstrate this in a variety of ways and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

Creative thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Show us that you have considered a wide range of ideas for your projects. This could be shown in sketchbooks where initial ideas are recorded, selected and developed.
  • We are particularly interested in the development of ideas and the process you have gone through, the problem you have identified and solved in order to arrive at a final outcome.
  • Organise your work so that all stages of the development and decision-making processes are evident, including your reflections and evaluations.

Successful applicants demonstrate this through sketchbook pages, worksheets, drawing, photography, model making etc. and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

The use of a range of materials and processes
  • Where possible, show us that you have explored a range of methods. These could include drawing and collage techniques, model making, photography, printing techniques, fabric manipulation or any others.
  • We do not expect your portfolio to contain all the above items. Your range of materials and method investigation will largely be determined by your current course of study.

Successful applicants demonstrate this through sketchbook pages, worksheets, drawing, photography, textural or 3D work etc. and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

An interest in art, design or related subjects
  • This will largely be covered by your personal statement but also Include evidence of your interest in culture and society and show how your interest informs your art and design work.
  • This could take many forms such as an interest in politics, the media, history, religion, philosophy, music, theatre, cinema, literature or new technologies – how for instance is that interest reflected in your work.

Successful applicants can demonstrate this through their personal statement, in sketchbook pages and notebooks and there is no prescribed way to submit the evidence.

Having prepared your portfolio, check it against these recommendations. Please remember that a poorly prepared portfolio makes it difficult for the admissions tutors to judge your suitability for the course.

For more portfolio advice please visit our portfolio advice page.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You are likely to receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal by 6th May 2022.

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative pathway offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback

This course receives a high number of applications, and unfortunately we cannot provide detailed feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful.

If you would like to request feedback – please email csm.ukeu@arts.ac.uk. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf.

Each and every application is carefully considered by a member(s) of our academic team. With so many strong applicants to choose from, it is often a very difficult decision to make. If you are unsuccessful, you are welcome to apply to us again in the future.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£5,280

(if you are aged 19 or over on 31 August of the year you start your course)

Free
(if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start your course)

These fees are correct for 2021/22 entry and are subject to change for 2022/23 entry.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£18,850

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

Throughout the diploma, students have a personal tutor who ensures they receive the appropriate guidance to prepare them for Higher Education. This involves preparing an application and developing a portfolio of subject specific work.

Foundation Diploma students will be encouraged to progress to undergraduate study within the University of the Arts London. Our foundation and undergraduate academic staff will be on hand to support and guide students through the application process.

Our diploma graduates typically go on to take up their first choice degree at undergraduate level, with a high number continuing their studies within the University. Our students can also progress to courses throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

Your UAL undergraduate offer

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.

Which UAL undergraduate course will you be offered a place on?

The offer will depend on your work and interests you develop during your Foundation year.

Course offers will be linked to the specialist pathway you take during the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be made an offer for a specific course of your choosing, but if you successfully complete the diploma, you’ll be offered a place on a relevant course at UAL.

How does it work?

To progress onto an undergraduate course, you must:

  • Have made your application through The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
  • Successfully pass the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • Be able to meet any other additional entry criteria for the undergraduate course you’re offered a place on

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit our Careers support page.