Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Level 3

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Course Details

This course offers an ideal practical route into the area of Art and Design and will prepare you for Higher Education study and employment within this creative field. It is suitable for a range of students with differing creative skills and interests and aims to challenge you to hone your artistic and design talents and direct you towards the most appropriate career path.

You will have the opportunity to experience a range of different and exciting design disciplines including Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design, Graphic Arts, Moving Image Production, Digital Imaging and Photography, Fashion and Textiles, Interior and Spatial Design and Creative Make Up Design and Practice as well as exploring traditional aspects of Art and Design in order to identify your key strengths and areas of interest in order to prepare you for Higher Education.  Learning is facilitated using active methods such as practical workshops, tutor led sessions, individual and group tasks, personal research, group seminars, individual tutorials, critiques and reflective practice activities and provides excellent opportunity to prepare you to focus on your chosen specialism.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

Stage 1 (Level 3 – Units 1 and 2) Exploring creative and visual language in Art and Design:

  • Unit 1 – Drawing and colour as an investigative process in Art and Design
  • Unit 2 – Exploring materials and making in Art and Design

Stage 2 (Level 3 and 4 – Units 3 and 4):

  • Unit 3 – Developing specialist practice and preparing for progression in Art and Design
  • Unit 4 – Personal development and innovation in Art and Design

Stage 3 (Level 4 – Units 5 and 6):

  • Unit 5 – Proposing a major project in Art and Design
  • Unit 6 – Creating and exhibiting a major project in Art and Design
  • Five GCSE at grades 4 or above including Maths and English.


  • Three A-levels at grades 4 or above, one in a creative subject and a portfolio of artwork for interview is necessary.

In exceptional circumstances where there is evidence of outstanding creative ability the academic grade requirements may be adjusted.

One year full time, two years part time.

Upon successful completion, this qualification will prepare you to undertake a degree in a wide variety of art and design fields. There is also the option of progressing onto a related degree programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

  • FdA Creative Make Up Design and Practice
  • FdA Moving Image Production 
  • FdA Interior and Spatial Design 
  • FdA Digital Imaging and Photography
  • FdA Fashion and Textiles
  • FdA Graphic Arts
  • FdA Visual Merchandising Promotional Design

Please call our Course Enquiry Team on 0151 353 6938 for more information.

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We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

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They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit

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If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

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