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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Level 4 Foundation Art & Design

This one year Level 4 qualification is an exciting fast paced course, set up for creative students to develop a bespoke portfolio.  The delivery includes twilight sessions enabling students to fully use the technology and equipment in our purpose built studios.

Creative thinking is fortified through use of critics, tutorials and peer feedback. Graduates have won London based internships from opportunities attached to the course and have progressed on to a range of exciting routes.

Alumni have gained places at leading Universities such as UAL, Goldsmiths, Glasgow, Nottingham Trent, Brighton and overseas furthering their creative education. The course also offers international trips such as New York. As well as the opportunity to learn industry skills and develop high levels of professionalism. 

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Course Content

The programme builds on students prior experience, linking skills already acquired with ideas and challenges, which will increase their independence and enable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the relevant standards necessary to progress to Higher Education or to an alternative career path.

The course is divided into three stages: Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory.

Exploratory: This stage aims to develop your ability to challenge preconceptions, and to analyse, reflect and extend your skills in using materials, techniques and processes. Through lectures, seminars, studio projects, and gallery and museum visits, you will be introduced to a broad range of art and design disciplines.

Pathway: This stage allows you to select an area of specialism and complete a series of projects relevant to your progression choice.

Confirmatory: This stage requires you to undertake a final major project and produce a body of work for final assessment and exhibition in an end of year show.

Working towards the Final Major Project will enable you to:

  • understand how to work at BA level
  • work independently and with confidence;
  • understand, adapt and safely use practical methods and skills for creative production;
  • solve complex problems through the innovative application of art and design;
  • take responsibility for your research, planning and time-management;
  • present yourself and your work.


  • 100% Coursework
  • Exam Board: UAL

Special Features

Students have opportunity to present at a range of exhibitions in central Cambridge and London. Tutors are industry specialists and the course regularly involves professional practitioners.

The prestigious End of Year show in May is presented in a professional capacity and has been situated at iconic venues such as The Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettles Yard and The Round Church in Cambridge. The show has traditionally accredited with “Best Creative Outcome” prize this has been awarded by Mark Hudson (Art Critic for the Telegraph) and Luke Syson (Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum) to date.

Gareth Roberts, Course Team Leader. 

Gareth graduated in Fashion Womenswear from Central Saint Martins, then worked as the Red Label designer at Vivienne Westwood, amongst other posts. His work has featured in Style magazine, Dazed and Confused, Wallpaper and L’Oreal talent spotting, amongst others.

He has lectured at Loughborough University on the leading Textile BA course in the UK, and worked on three different Foundations prior to Long Road.


Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • At least one A Level or Level 3 qualification in a creative subject at minimum Grade D or MMP.
  • A solid body of work displaying abilities and creative potential is required in support of applications.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

After completing this qualification the majority of students will move on into higher education. If you achieve an overall Pass grade or better you will fortify your application for university. Many universities require applicants to have completed a foundation course such as this for entry into art and design-based courses.

Previous Art Foundation students have won London-based internships from opportunities attached to the course and have progressed on to a range of exciting routes. Art Foundation students have gained places at leading institutes such as UAL and on overseas courses, furthering their creative education.

There is a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore, for example art exhibition organisation, fine art, graphic design or photography, Art Therapy, internships and apprenticeships, Textiles Design, Fashion, Special Effects, Games Design, Architecture, Product Design, Illustration, Film, Animation.

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