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BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

This course will enable you to develop the necessary skills and portfolio to apply to a range of art and design degree courses.

As you start this course you'll be experimenting in several different areas of art and design, including fine art, fashion and textiles, 3D design, graphics and illustration.

The various creative projects you will undertake will allow you to experience a range of ideas , materials, processes and technologies.

Individual diagnostic projects and tutorials will help you to distil and identify your main areas of interest and make an informed application to a degree course with the support of an experienced staff team.

You will also have the opportunity to exhibit your work in a public exhibition.

At the end of the course, direct progression onto University Centre St Helens Creative Arts degree programmes is available to those who meet the required academic standard.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following areas:

  • Exploratory stage
    You will experience a range of assignment types, dealing with different materials, skills and basic broad techniques.
  • Pathway stage
    You will develop the skills you have learned in the exploratory stage and will explore the skills, attitudes and techniques specific to your chosen pathway (fine art, fashion/textiles, 3D design, or graphic design/illustration).
  • Confirmatory stage
    You will work in your specialist discipline, a final project is required and you are expected to exhibit work at the end of the course.

In addition to the above stages, we will support you with your applications to university and will help you compile a portfolio for presentation at interviews.

How is it assessed?

All assessments throughout this course are assignment based.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least one A level qualification or equivalent qualification as well as four GCSEs at grade C or above.

Applicants should normally be 18 years of age or over.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on financial support that may be available, please click here.

If you are aged 19+ you could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £21,000 per year.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Helping you to gain access to university is the main aim of this course. You'll be building a portfolio of work in whichever area you have chosen to specialise in and you'll be given full support with your UCAS applications.

You may decide to progress onto University Centre St Helens with us. We have a range of BA (Hons) degrees covering disciplines of Fine Art Painting, Graphic Design, Game Art and Photography. All of these degrees are validated by University of Chester.

Ref: Fiona Stirling



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Why study Art and Design with us?

Creative Environment

You’ll develop your skills in specialist studios and workshops.

Exploration of Techniques

You’ll explore a wide range of materials, techniques and skills.

Work Experience

You’ll have the chance to work on live projects with local employers.


You'll take regular trips to galleries and lectures for inspiration.

Employer Links

We have strong employer links and industry experienced tutors.

Progression Routes

Progress onto an apprenticeship, university or employment.