What are Foundation Diplomas?

WMC-The Camden College UAL Foundation Diploma course

UAL Foundation Diploma: Develop your career in Art and Design and take your next step in a career in the creative industries

Start date: 17 September 2019 
Duration: 32 weeks on Mon, Tue and Wed
Time: 10:00-16:00
Level: UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is at Level 3. This qualification is recognised by Universities and gives you UCAS Points.

Take a look at what our Foundation Diploma learners have been up to in their time here:

WMC Foundation Diploma Blog

Course description

Our one-year UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a Level 3 qualification designed to help you decide upon your area of specialism and build a strong portfolio of work you can use to pursue higher education or other progression routes. The course starts with an initial carousel programme where you will be introduced to all available specialisms as well as core skills in drawing, recording, reflecting and reviewing. We then take part in a “who am I?” week where you select your specialist pathway.
We currently offer three specialist pathways which, in addition to painting, drawing and mixed media, include the below skills development and material studies:

  • Applied Art and Design
  • Visual Communications
  • Fine Art & Film

You will work in your specialist group to produce a portfolio of work as well as still meeting weekly as a whole class to cover core subjects and themes.

Within these specialist groups we cover the ideas and processes that underpin professional practice in all the creative industries:

  1. Context
  2. Research
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Planning and Production
  5. Practical Skills
  6. Evaluation and Reflection
  7. Presentation

We also help establish working practices that will be essential in succeeding in University or employment in the creative industries. Including management of workload, time management, organisation and presentation.

In the last term you will undertake a final major project and this is the only section of the course which is graded and will decide your final grade. All learners exhibit their work in the public final show and private view event.

Our learners progress into a wide range of higher education courses including but not limited to: Printmaking, Fashion, Animation, Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration, Film Making, Fashion, Sculpture and Interior Design.

Course structure

This is a very exciting course that encompasses a wide range of skills and knowledge. Nevertheless it is a taught course on which you will learn the fundamental practical professional practice in the Visual Arts and Design – visual research, idea generation and development as well as the production of the finished piece. As well as covering own specialist area of interest in depth.

The framework of the course is broken down into three stages:
Term 1: Learning skills and context
Unit 1: Art and design research methods
Unit 2: Art and design ideas development
Unit 3: Art and design materials and methods
Unit 4: Art and design evaluation and reflection
Assessment – Pass / Fail

Term 2: Development and progression / UCAS application
Unit 5: Integrated art and design research, ideas and methods
Unit 6: Preparation for progression in art and design
Assessment – Pass / Fail

Term 3: ‘Final Major Project’ Proposal and realisation – (final assessment and award – Pass/ Merit /Distinction)
Unit 7: Project proposal and realisation in art and design
Assessment – Pass / Merit / Distinction
In order to gain the Diploma, all units in these three stages must be successfully completed.

Teaching and learning methods

You will be taught through a range of studio based workshops with demonstrations. The emphasis is on a highly personalised approach matching teaching and learning. Peer to peer learning is encouraged through show and tell and critiques. You will take part in live industry projects and practitioner led sessions.

Inspirational visits such as key exhibitions and collections are also an integral part of the course.

Studio and project work will be assessed on a weekly basis in tutorials. Feedback and suggestions to improve your emerging fashion practice will be given on an informal level. Your progress through the course units will be assessed during project critiques and one to ones. Your work will be formally assessed at the three stages of the course.

Entry Requirements

You will need GCSE Maths & English grade A-C and 1 ‘A’ Level or National Diploma or equivalent as a minimum requirement for a place on this course. We will also interview applicants and you will required to bring a portfolio of your work to the interview.

Applicants returning to learning after a break may be considered on portfolio and interview alone. If you are sure of your eligibility please make an application and we can arrange an advice and guidance session to review your portfolio.

Course fees

2019/20 fees:

  • The fee is £5,420*

*There is no fee if you are aged 18 on 31 August 2019. For learners aged 19 and over, there are low interest government loans available. You will not need to pay your fees up front.

What next?

Book onto a Talk & Tour date to come along and see us, take a tour of the building, speak to tutors and past learners – dates are given below. Or if you know you want to enrol with us then download and complete the application form below (you can type into the PDF document) and read the guidance notes given too. You need to do this as soon as possible to guarantee a place on the course.

Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Level 3. By the end of the course learners of all ages achieve their aim of progressing to university with 100% of applicants finding degree places. Our learners are regularly offered places at Goldsmiths, Camberwell, Wimbledon, Central St Martins, Chelsea, London College of Communication and many other great universities studying Graphics, Illustration, Photography, Time-Based Media, Animation, Architectural & Interior Design, Graphic Product Innovation, Sculpture, Art Writing, Transport Design, Effects and Professional practice in Art and Design.

5 reasons to join the Art & Design Foundation Diplomas

  1. Outstanding quality of teaching and learning with 100% progression rate to university.
  2. Close relationships with universities.
  3. Class size – we are small groups and in the privileged position to be able to offer excellent one-to-one advice and guidance.
  4. Wealth of experience – all our tutors have years of experience lecturing at university level and know what art college tutors and lecturers are looking for in a portfolio and for interviews.
  5. Dedicated specialist studios and workshops.

WMC-The Camden College in London is well respected by universities. We have progression relationships with some of the country’s top art colleges. The feedback we often get is that our learners have the maturity to know what makes them tick creatively and what they are about, which is crucial in the creative fields.

For more information about the Foundation Diploma click here: Art & Design – University of the Arts (UAL) Foundation Diploma

UAL Foundation Diploma Talk and Tour dates:

  • Wednesday 23 January 2019, 13:00-14:30
  • Wednesday 24 April 2019, 13:00-14:30

To book your space on the Talk & Tour please click here: Eventbrite - UAL Foundation Diploma Talk &Tour Dates

If you have any further questions about the Foundation Diploma please email: ArtsSchool@wmcollege.ac.uk