Art and Design Foundation Diploma

  • Students

    This is an intensive one-year, post A Level or level 3 course, which gives you the opportunity to explore the many areas of art and design before choosing an area in which to specialise.

    "The quality of teaching, learning and assessment in creative arts is outstanding, which reflects the excellent outcomes for all learners, the high proportion achieving high grades, and the high levels of progression into further studies.” (Ofsted, 2013)

    The course is geared towards the preparation of a portfolio of work to support your application to an advanced course - or in gaining employment. Throughout the course your practical studio work will be supported by a programme of studies in the history of art and design. This course demands a high degree of discipline and self-motivation. The course gives you a broad foundation across a wide range of disciplines in art, design and media, before you explore an area that interests you in much greater detail. You will have a dedicated studio workspace for you to come into college five days a week for the year. You will study: • Drawing, fine art: painting and sculpture • Fashion Textiles and surface design • Graphic design and illustration • Printmaking • Contextual Studies. Gloucestershire College has excellent facilities, and specialised staff with industry experience. You will take part in live assignment briefs. The College has close links with artists and within the industry. You will enjoy large, light working spaces, life drawing studio, and digital art suites (Mac and PC). The academy recognises, develops and improves skills opportunities for those entering the creative and cultural sector and those already employed within it. This status means that students at Gloucestershire College get exciting opportunities to develop their employability skills and links within the industry.

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Course Variant

Art and Design Foundation Diploma

Level 3



Start Date

September 2018 (TBC)

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If you would like to apply for this course, please add it to your shortlist. You may then add further courses to your shortlist or continue to complete your application.

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What You Will Pay

Please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020 for pricing information.

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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Ofsted has rated us "good" with "outstanding" features.

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