Foundation Art & Design Level 4

Course Overview

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.

Through lectures, seminars, studio projects, and gallery and museum visits, you will be introduced to a broad range of art and design disciplines. Throughout the year you will work towards your final major project which will be showcased at our end of year Graduate Exhibition. Previous end of year shows have been in a range of places such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettles Yard, the Round Church and Madingley Hall. 

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. Some graduates have won London-based internships from opportunities attached to the course and others have gained places at leading Universities in the UK and overseas, furthering their creative education. Support surrounding progression, such as UCAS, is offered as part of the course.

Module Titles

  • Diagnostic Investigation: develop your ability to challenge preconceptions and to analyse, reflect and extend your skills in using materials, techniques and processes.
  • Developing Specialist Practice: allows you to select an area of specialism and complete a series of projects relevant to your progression choice.
  • Consolidating Practice: 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.


Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants should meet the following entry qualifications:

  • To successfully complete a full study programme of 3 A-Level courses (or equivalent)
  • A creative A Level with a minimum grade B, or a Level 3 Diploma in Art, Graphic Design or Photography, Extended Certificate, M Diploma MM or Extended Diploma DMM
  • GCSE English and Mathematics
  • A portfolio of work must also be submitted prior to interview which demonstrates evidence of having achieved a standard which will enable you to benefit from the course.


  • 100% Coursework
  • Exam Board: UAL



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Why choose this course? 

Dedicated and creative-thinking students will get the most out of this course. The course is fortified through use of critics, tutorials and peer feedback.

The course also offers international trips to places such as New York. As well as the opportunity to learn industry skills and develop high levels of professionalism, students are in touch with industry specialists through talks and tuition.

This course is perfect for the hardworking student who wishes to expand their creativity and develop a specialist portfolio.

Skills you'll gain

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.

After Long Road

Alumni have gained places at leading Universities such as UAL, Goldsmiths, Glasgow, Nottingham Trent, Brighton and overseas, where they have taken their Creative Education further. Graduates have won London based internships from opportunities linked to the course and have progressed on to a range of exciting routes.

The Level Four Foundation in Art and Design has been exciting because it’s so fast-paced; it has opened my eyes to a lot more creative options and pathways than I initially considered. I am now going on to study BA Fashion at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design!