Art & Design - Foundation Diploma

The UAL Level 4 in Art Practice programme at North Kent College offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of visual art within a broad range of vocational and academic contexts, where practical skills and image making are underpinned by contextual & historical studies. You’ll cover aspects that include drawing, painting, printmaking, surface decoration, textiles, 3D design crafts, ceramics and sculpture.

Students will acquire the technical and practical skills required to work as a freelance visual artist or to gain a position in the creative industries such as illustrator, interior designer, painter or art therapist and those wishing to proceed onto a BA (Hons) programme will be well prepared. Some students may even be able to enter directly onto year 2 of that programme.

You will gain an awareness of contemporary practice and a developed portfolio. Professional practice and project management skills are encouraged through independent live work and our exciting group exhibitions held each year.

Our Study Programme includes opportunities for you to develop your English and Maths skills as required. You may be expected to complete either functional skills or GCSE qualifications as part of your course depending on your GCSE results.

What qualification will I gain?

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Entry requirements?


Level 3 Extended National Diploma or
3 A-Levels A-C

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:
• UAL Extended Diploma
• BTEC/National Diploma
• International Baccalaureate
• Advanced & Progression Diplomas
Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Math’s with a minimum of grade C (9-4) or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered.



What progression options will I have?

BA Honours Degree in the art specialism of your choice

What costs are involved?

Tuition Fees:
16-18 - free
19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £4650

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £175
Material Fee - £150 (paid by all students)

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment within projects across 7 units of work concluding with an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. Self and peer assessment within formal critiques and presentations of work.