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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’ll 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 explore our facilities by booking into one of our Talk and Tour Events through Eventbrite.

  • Wednesday 4 October 2023 | 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday 1 November 2023 | 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023 | 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday 17 January 2024 | 2-4 pm
  • Thursday 28 March 2024 | 10-12 am
  • Wednesday 8 May 2024 | 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday 19 June 2024 | 10-12 am

2023/24 Applications

Our Foundation Course starting in 2023 is now full and we are no longer accepting Applications. 

Please look out for our Talk and Tours coming up starting in October ready for our 23/24 Course. 

Applications for this will open on 30th October 2023

Good to Know:

  • You must be at least 18 to apply for this course
  • This course is free if you are age 18 on September 1st 2023.
  • Over 19’s will need to pay the full fee Advanced Learner Loans are available, subject to eligibility.
  • 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.

Our Learner’s Work

What our Learners Say:

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