Course: Art & Design Foundation Diploma

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code



Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


1 Year



This intensive, broad-based course encourages you to further explore your skills in art and design so that you can make the right choice for your education and career. The course is practical and gives you wonderful opportunities for experimenting with a wide range of materials and techniques before opting for a specialism, developing your individuality, initiative and confidence. This course is the perfect course for you if you have completed your Level 3 or A levels recently and wish to progress to university next year.

The course includes drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, 3D sculpture, computer aided design, contextual studies and graphic design. You will have regular exhibitions and access to the studio facilities and resources.

We have:

  • Enthusiastic, expert tutors
  • National and international trips
  • Excellent equipment and facilities
  • Opportunity for work experience in local studios
  • Progression to higher education


You need to have completed at least one A level in an art related subject (ie textiles, photography, 3D design, fine art or graphic design) and four GCSEs at grades 9- 4 ideally including maths and English, plus a portfolio of varied art, design, photography and/or textile work.

You will need to be at least 18 years of age to apply for this course.


Work is project based and presented in sketchbooks and a portfolio which is showcased in an end-of-year exhibition. You are assessed and supported throughout the course with regular reviews, formative and final assessment in each of the three stages gaining a pass, merit or distinction.


You can progress onto a degree with the University of Suffolk at East Coast College or go into employment or self-employment.



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