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Foundation Art & Design Diploma

Welcome to Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

This explorative and exciting one-year course is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL) and is designed to help you decide upon your area of creative specialism for entry to university or art school, training and employment.

During this Level 3 qualification, you will learn ideas and processes that underpin professional practice in all the creative industries and build a strong portfolio of work, as well as having the opportunity to display your work publicly.

Talk & Tour Events

Find out more about our Foundation Art and Design Diploma and explore our studios and facilities by booking one of our Talk and Tour Events through Eventbrite.

  • Thursday 28 March 2024 | 10-12 am
  • Wednesday 8 May 2024 | 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday 19 June 2024 | 10-12 am

2024/25 Applications

Applications for 2024 are open and will close on 28th June 2024. 


Please apply via the APPLY NOW button below. This will first take you through our enrolment process, followed by an application form asking for your basic details and a personal statement.

We will then contact you via email within 2 weeks, offering a face-to-face interview.

You will be asked to bring a portfolio to interview, you are not required to send one in advance.

This can be physical portfolio or you can present your work digitally on a laptop or tablet which, ideally, you should bring with you. 

Your portfolio should include final work as well as its development. Include some images of sketchbook pages (or sketchbooks) including research and annotation.  Your Portfolio should not be larger than 20 pages and should reflect your current practice. 

We recommend you bring in images of large or 3D work, instead of bringing it to interview.

This course is very popular and is frequently oversubscribed, therefore we recommend you apply early. 

Any application received after the 28th June 2024 will go on to our waiting list. You may not be offered an interview or place if you apply after this date. 

Good to Know:

  • This course is free if you are 18 on 31 August 2024. 
  • Learners aged 19 and over can take advantage of the Advanced Learner Loan
  • We are accredited by the UAL Awarding body, but not part of UAL. Therefore you can apply for a foundation at a UAL college AND the foundation at WM College
  • You will need GCSE Maths & English grade 4+ and 1 A Level or National Diploma or equivalent as a minimum entry requirement
  • An interview with a portfolio of work will be part of the application process
  • Applicants returning to learning after a break may be considered on portfolio and interview alone
  • Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
  • Level 3 Qualification
  • Designed to help you decide your creative specialism
  • UCAS, Higher Education and Apprenticeship Application Support
  • One-year course
  • Advanced Learner Loans Available


End of year exhibition for FAD learners 2023. Read here.

WM College and The Pre Raphaelites. Read here.

WM College Open Exhibition and Lowes Dickinson Prize 2023. Read here.

WM College FAD Learner Selected for RA Summer Show. Read here.

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