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Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Fine Art)

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

This pre-degree course prepares you to apply with confidence for a place on any Art and Design BA (Hons) degree course. This is an intensive, creative course that promotes and stimulates inventive and experimental analysis of the arts.

Your experience will be rich, diverse and challenging. Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Students will regularly work with outside businesses on live projects and exhibit in external venues.

The course is designed to bridge the gap between A-levels and higher level specialist degree courses at prime universities. The course tutors are experienced professional artists and designers who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and creative ideas with them.

Our goal is to provide the creative ground work on which you can base the rest of your professional life.

For the first few months students will work in the exploratory stage, where they will explore media experimentation across a range of art and design disciplines. Students then move into the specialist pathway stage where they can chose from a range of subjects listed below:

Fine Art - including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation.
Graphic media - including graphic design, illustration, animation, digital imaging, digital video, 3D computer modelling.

3D Design - including product design, furniture design, architecture, interior, landscape design.

Fashion and Textiles - including fashion, fashion promotion, constructed textiles, fine art textiles, surface pattern.

The curriculum also includes; the history of art and design, visiting practising lecturers, real life industry projects, life drawing and professional practice.

During the last 3 months students will work at Level 4 producing their own self-directed Final Major Project, which comes together in a final exhibition.

Assessment is through a continuous assessment of portfolio and project work evaluations leading to a final major project.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

The natural progression is to HE and then into the following careers, but some of the below can be accessed straight from the Foundation course.

There are a huge range of local and international careers in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Marketing, Illustration, Fashion Design, Textiles, Printmaking, Animation, Interior Design, Film and Theatre Design, Fashion Promotion, Landscape Design and Product Design.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Pre-Degree programme suitable for 18+ applicants intending to apply to higher education). Entrants typically have either a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design, or A Levels including Art and/ or Design. You will also be required to have an interview to look at your art and design work.

If you are a mature applicant (21+), we would be happy to interview you based on a representative portfolio of your art work.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

Next: Apply

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