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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Level 4 Foundation Art & Design

This one-year Level 4 qualification is a fast, exciting course that is set up for creative post-level 3 students to develop a bespoke portfolio that supports a range of professional opportunities and access to university.  You will be taught by industry specialists and the course regularly involves visits and projects run by professional practitioners; the delivery includes twilight sessions enabling students to fully use the technology and equipment in our purpose-built studios. Creative thinking is fortified through the use of critiques, tutorials, peer feedback and a range of exciting briefs.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Virtual Graduate Show 2020

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How to Apply


How to Apply

Please email Gareth Roberts, Course Team Leader, on if you have any issues regarding your application.

Please apply directly to Long Road via our website; click here to start your application.

For guidance on the application process, please download the instructions below:


Interviews will occur in March or April. You will also need to supply a reference from your current school, college or employer.

The interview has two main purposes:

  • to provide advice and guidance in order to ensure that the programme and courses of study are suitable;
  • to enable you to discuss and comment on your portfolio to show that you would benefit from taking the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
  • You will be able to find out more about the College, if you have not previously studied at Long Road

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 also offers international trips such as New York. As well as the opportunity to learn industry skills and develop high levels of professionalism.

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.

Special Features


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.

Student Opportunities

Students have the 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 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.


Entry Requirements


A level Art and Design, Design Technology or Photography at minimum grade D or Level 3 Diploma in Art, Photography or Graphics (60, 120 or 180 credit) with an MMP or above.

At least 5 GCSE subjects (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above, including Art and English.

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