Information for Students
Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)
What is this course?
It offers a one year full-time or two year part-time course of study. The course is designed to provide learners with a thorough and comprehensive experience of art, craft, design and media to prepare them for Higher Education and future employment within creative visual disciplines.
Why should I choose this course?
If you are thinking seriously about becoming a professional artist or designer and would like to work and study alongside others who are as keen and talented as yourself then you should consider applying for this course.
You will find the course to be a uniquely enjoyable and stimulating experience. You will be taking the first step in your training as a professional artist or designer with opportunities to explore a wide range of specialist art and design subjects.
The standards of work achieved on the course are high and will prepare you for the highly competitive demands of Higher Education. Visits to HE institutions are encouraged and advice is given on your choice of course. You will be assisted in preparing your portfolio of work and with improving your interview skills.
What does this course involve?
The course consists of three assessed stages. Each stage is delivered through 2 units:
Stage 1 (Level 3 - Units 1 & 2)
Exploring creative and visual language in Art & Design
Stage 2 (Level 3 - Units 3 & 4)
Developing specialist practice, progression and personal development in Art & Design
Stage 3 (Level 4 - Units 5 & 6)
Planning, creating, presenting and reviewing a Major Project in Art & Design
Join the WJEC Foundation Art and Design (FAD) Community
The group, set up by FAD advocate David Dooper, encourages teachers and students to showcase work, share resources, best practice, subject-related news and also seek advice. Please note, this is not a WJEC endorsed group.
What about my future prospects?
On the evidence of recent years, if you complete this course you have an excellent chance of gaining a place on a HE course. Students who have successfully completed the course have progressed to many of the best degree courses in the UK. From these, they have gone on to work in all parts of the world as professionals in areas of art and design such as advertising, television, film, fashion, manufacturing, publishing and education.
Am I eligible to apply?
To apply for this course you should generally be eighteen years of age or over. There is no upper age limit and mature students are very welcome.
You should have pursued as broad an education as possible and normally have 5 GCSEs grade A-C, or one A level and 3 GCSEs grade A-C, or equivalent qualification(s). However, you should not be discouraged from applying because of a shortage of qualifications; entry can be negotiated provided your practical work is of an appropriate standard.
Centres will need to be convinced of your suitability by looking through your portfolio of work during interview. This should include a substantial number of drawings done from observation, as well as paintings, crafts, textiles, 3D work, photography and any other work you have produced. Especially important is anything you have initiated on your own.
Where can I get advice?
If you are at all uncertain about your readiness or whether this course is right for you, then ask a centre that offers the course for an advisory interview. The centre will be pleased to look at your work, give sound advice and suggest future options.
What are the costs?
The centre will give you the latest details about financial support. You will need to provide most of the basic materials yourself.
Which centres offer the course?
The centres listed below currently offer the course. For further information please contact the individual centres:
|Centre||Course Leader||Tel Number|
|Bath Spa University||Hugh Sanders||(01225) 875 email@example.com|
|King Edward VI College (Nuneaton)||David Bird||(024) 7632 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ashton Sixth Form College (Ashton-under-Lyne)||Susanna Smith||(0161) 330 email@example.com|
|Gloucestershire College (Gloucester Campus)||Karen Morris||(01594) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priestley College||Steven Lane||(01925) email@example.com|
|Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College)||Charmaine Cook||(01264) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Coleg Llandrillo (Rhos-on-Sea)||Amanda Hamilton-Williams||(01492) email@example.com|
|Coleg Cambria (Yale)||Marcus Thomas||(01978) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Coleg Ceredigion (Aberystwyth Campus)||Julian Ruddock||(01970) email@example.com|
|Carmarthenshire College (Jobs Well Campus)||Stephen Hughes||(01554) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Coleg Gwent (Crosskeys Campus)||Helena Roberts||(01495) email@example.com|
|Coleg Gwent (City of Newport Campus)||Sian Dinham||(01633) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Coleg Menai (Bangor Campus)||Owein Prendergast||(01248) email@example.com|
|Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor (Dolgellau)||Carwyn Pugh||(01341) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Arts Academy Cardiff (Bridgend College)||Lou Thornton||(029) 2034 email@example.com|
|Coleg Y Cymoedd (Nantgarw)||Neil Burridge||(01443) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cardiff and Vale College (Barry Campus)||Adrian Metcalfe||(01446) email@example.com|
|Gower College (Swansea)||Elinor Franklin||(01792) firstname.lastname@example.org|
Get In Touch
Our Art and Design subject specialists are on hand to answer any of your queries.
Subject OfficerMari Bradbury
029 2026 5138
Subject Support OfficerMike Saltmarsh
029 2026 5005