UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

A trusted gateway to undergraduate degrees

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Preparation programme for university entry in Art & Design

This course enables students to develop the skills needed to make an informed decision when applying to art & design higher education institutions or seeking employment within a related industry.

Start date: 20 September 2021

End date: 24 June 2022

Venue:  North Road Campus, Poole

Duration: One academic year

Visa requirements: Student visa (formerly Tier 4 visa)

Course level: Level 3

Qualification: Diploma in Foundation Studies – Art & Design

Awarding body: UAL (University of the Arts London)

Progression opportunities: Fashion and Textiles; Graphics; Illustration; Digital Media; Visual Arts; Photography; Archtecture; Interior Design; Animation; and Model Making

Download the programme leaflet (PDF)

Entry requirements

  • Minimum age 17 years
  • Two or three years of high school / senior secondary school with good grades in the relevant subjects (GCSE equivalent); please ask for the specific entry requirements for your country. 
  • UKVI Academic IELTS score 5.0 minimum. You will be offered English language and study support alongside your main programme.
  • Submision of a satisfactory portfolio.

Assessment method

Each module is assessed by assignments, examinations, written coursework, projects and presentations, or by a combination of all of these. A final major project serves as a final assessment.


Typical progression routes include Arts University Bournemouth, Plymouth University, Middlesex University, University of Winchester, Central St Martins, University of Arts London. Students specialise in different pathways for example, Fine Art, Photography, Visual Communication and Graphic Design.

Specialist subjects

Fashion, Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles and Illustration, Design, Photography and Lens Based Media, Preparation for IELTS, University Placement Advice, Maths, End of Year Exhibition, and Study and Research Skills.

Benefits of the course

Z Diversify your skills

Learn through projects, assignments, presentations and group discussions which will enable you to develop strong practical and communication skills essential to specialist art and design education.

Z Encourage exploration and experimentation

The course allows you to extend the range of your portfolio via visual arts, fashion and textiles, graphics, photography, 3D design and more.

Z A trusted gateway to undergraduate degrees

The course is recognised across the UK and internationally as the primary entry route to the best courses at the most prestigious universities, with more than 15,000 students completing the qualification each year.