Course Overview

Accredited by The University of Arts London this 1 year foundation diploma is an introductory, bridging course that supports the transition from secondary education to specialist art and design education. 
The course content develops skill, knowledge and understanding within Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion & Textiles Design, Interior Design, 3D Design and Photography. The final major project at the end of the year allows you to specialise in one of the areas to enable progression to Higher Education study of your chosen discipline.
This qualification is designed for students who want to study art and design full-time and develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding through a variety of art and design disciplines to enable progression to Higher Education study of their chosen discipline.
A Major Project at the end of the year allows for specialisation within the disciplines to allow for more in depth knowledge and sophisticated understanding of a specific area.
Taking responsibility for research, planning and time management will enable you to become a more independent learner, a key requirement in Higher Education, and will support you in developing your portfolio on your chosen discipline for progression to degree level study and selection of work for the End of Year Show.

Course Structure

Through project briefs you will develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches with art, design or related subject of study or work.  You will also develop how to research analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions.

Entry Requirements

For the Foundation Diploma course you must have successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design with a distinction profile or have two passes at A level grade C- it is preferred that one of your A- Levels subjects is art and design related, but this is not mandatory. 
All applicants must have a Grade C in English. 
A portfolio of art, design or related work.
You should be aged 16+


English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

How Will I Learn?

There will be opportunities to engage in external projects and competitions. Your experience will be enriched through visits to local galleries and exhibitions and may include visits to locations such as London, Liverpool and Newcastle


The foundation course is ideal for students who are unsure as to which degree course they should progress onto. It will allow them to make more informed decisions in terms of future career choices. 

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088214.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Tel: 01274 088214
Email: [email protected].