Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Taunton Campus

Who is the course for?

Our Diploma in Foundation Studies gives you the chance to experience a wide range of art and design disciplines, while helping you build a portfolio for your application to an undergraduate course.

The qualification is the perfect preparation for higher study or a more responsible role in the industry, providing you with a nationally recognised qualification.

By encouraging you to adopt an experimental approach to your learning, we help you to develop your individual skills and determine your future direction as an artist or designer. This is a gradual process, over three terms, during which you will have a chance to specialise in areas such as fine art, fashion, lens-based media, illustration, media make-up, graphic design, 3D, interior or architectural design and textile design.

The curriculum is delivered through a blend of projects and workshops, designed to help you develop the skills that most interest you, in an environment that is professional and focused on achieving success. You will have your own workspace, and will be encouraged to work independently in College and at home, with input and support from our specialist staff. You will also be expected to take part in a work placement.

We offer opportunities for residential trips in the UK and abroad as well as a variety of day trips. Previous cohorts have taken opportunities to embark on study visits to London, New York, Berlin and Paris among others.

This Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies carries UCAS points, meaning you can count it towards entry on a degree-level programme. Added to the high-quality portfolio of work you’ll have developed during your time with us, you will be perfectly placed to progress to a degree course, either at University Centre Somerset or further afield, or try to find employment. Either way, we’ll give you all the help you need to pursue your ambitions. 

Entry Requirements

You need a minimum of:

  • A pass in one GCE A Level or a twelve unit AVCE, ideally in an arts subject
  • Equivalent Level 3 BTEC National Diploma
  • Five GCSEs at C or above

The outcome of prior experiential learning can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required in certain circumstances.

You will be asked to send a digital portfolio prior to interview or present a portfolio of work at interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study. We are looking for a portfolio containing 12 to 15 pieces of recent work and two sketchbooks to your interview

What are the assessment methods?

Our specialist lecturers work closely with you throughout the year. The course is studio-based and involves continuous assessment and external moderation. Student progress is monitored by tutorials and group critiques. 

How long is the course?

One year, full time.

What are the progression options?

This course is designed to increase your chances of securing a place on your chosen degree course. The majority of our students progress to study a degree and many choose to stay on at the College in order to make continued use of our newly refurbished, first-rate facilities.

Awarding Body

University of Arts London.

Further Information