Art and design foundation diploma

Foundation diploma in art & design - London

Our art and design foundation diploma is an internationally recognised qualification, validated by University of the Arts London. Over four terms you will be taught a wide range of specialist disciplines including 2D/painting, 3D/sculpture, printmaking, digital moving image and video, visual communication, ceramics, creative textiles and fashion. These areas will be combined with developing core skills in drawing, project work, creative methodology, basic photography, critical studies and colour work. We will also concentrate on developing you as a creative individual, whatever your background or age, we fully encourage you to cultivate your own creative language.

Find your inner artist
Discover how Clare French changed careers after successfully completing an art foundation course at City Lit. This course gave her the opportunity to create a portfolio that helped her gain entry to the City and Guild Art School.


Any questions?

Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This exciting and intensive course is a chance to develop key creative skills, methods and thinking in art and design, across 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies, to prepare you for application and entry to our UAL-validated, Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Please note that the course runs for two days per week (10.30 - 16.30). Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to these two days per week throughout the course, there will be five evening sessions (17:30 - 20:00) on Wednesdays, which you will study in either the first or second half of the course, depending on which days you attend the daytime sessions.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £509.00
  2. Foundation diploma in art and design
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    ***THIS COURSE IS STILL OPEN FOR ENROLMENTS***







    The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at City Lit is an exciting and challenging multi-disciplinary art, design, craft and media programme. It is designed to give you the best possible introduction to a wide range of materials, techniques and processes, and to support you in identifying and developing your creative interests and thinking. Validated by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, it is an internationally recognised qualification with a UCAS tariff that enables you to apply directly to University.



    The course fee is £5421, plus an upfront fee of £100 payable at the time of your enrolment. If you are unable to pay the course fees, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee, repayable after the course ends. A deposit of £200 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans



    For more information, please call Art and design (pre 1920) on 020 7492 2700/2703.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5,521.00 Senior fee £5,521.00 Concession £5,521.00

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