Course: Art & Design Level 4 Foundation Diploma

Study Level

Level 4

Course Code



Lowestoft Campus


1 Year



The level 4 foundation diploma in art and design provides progression from A level or BTEC Level 3 creative studies. The course is also designed for anyone who is 19+ wishing to return to full-time education.

This one year broad-based course encourages you to further explore and build on your skills, passion and strengths in art and design so that you can make the right creative career and Higher Education choice. The course is practical and gives you wonderful opportunities for experimenting with a wide range of materials, processes and techniques before opting for a specialist pathway.

In an inspiring and supportive environment, we provide specialist, balanced and structured teaching to help stimulate your interest in art and design which includes portfolio building, drawing, painting, photography, illustration, printmaking, 3D, sculpture, computer aided design, graphic design, contextual studies and UCAS application support and guidance. You will take part in challenging assignments, exhibitions and live assignments which will shape your personal independence in developing ideas and assist you in gaining new skills, materials and techniques, while building a substantial and ‘next stage ready’ portfolio of work.

We have:

  • 100% successful progression to higher education
  • Enthusiastic, expert tutors
  • Excellent equipment and facilities
  • Opportunity for work experience with live projects
  • Local and national visits and industry guest speakers
  • Requirements

    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 another university. You can also go into employment or self-employment.

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