Level 4, Foundation Diploma

Art & Design Foundation Diploma

Continue studying art at USP College.


One year


Level 4

Career Sector

Creative Industries

Available At


Start Date


Days & Times

Three days per week


£3,200 (19+) This course is free if you are aged 18 at the beginning of the course

Course Overview

A creative and intensive post-A-Level course, our Foundation Diploma is perfect if you plan to pursue a career in the creative industries.

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design will see you build a dynamic, original and exciting portfolio.

This course will maximise your chances of progressing to a relevant degree course, specialist Art College or employment in a creative setting and is accredited by University Arts London.

This course is free for learners aged 16-18. If you are aged 19 or over on 1 September in the academic year during which you wish to start the course, the fee is £3,200.

What will I study? 

Throughout your year at college, you will complete a range of projects designed to increase your skills and knowledge in the creative industries. Each will be assessed regularly alongside your tutors to ensure that you are on the right track to succeed.

In part one you will explore a variety of Art & Design disciplines, specialising in part two and realising your own creative project in part three. Formal assessment takes place at the end of each part.


Fine Art and Visual Arts
Lens-based & Digital Media
Graphical Communication
3D Design & Architecture

How will I be taught and assessed?

You will be taught through seminars, group critiques, 1:1 tutorials and practical workshops.

Formal assessments are set throughout the year to monitor student progress. Assessment is entirely coursework based.

What could I do next?

Following successful completion of our Foundation Diploma, you will have the option to:

  • Progress to a related degree course at university
  • Progress to a related course at a specialist Art College
  • Enter employment in the creative industries.

Former students have gone on to study at prestigious Art & Design universities, including Central Saint Martins (UAL), Winchester School of Art and Falmouth University.

Entry requirements 

  • Level 3 qualification in an Art, Design or Creative Media subject
  • You will be required to present a portfolio of artwork as part of the interview process.

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