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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

If you have completed your A-levels and think you would like to pursue a future in a creative career then the Foundation Diploma Level 3/Level 4 creative course is for you.

In a dedicated studio space you’ll experiment with materials and techniques from disciplines as diverse as:
– Drawing
– Painting
– Fashion
– Animation
– Printing
– Graphics
– Illustration
– Photography
– Textiles
– 3D
…to name but a few.

You will be at the point where you will know where your strengths lie and we will help you develop your emerging practice.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of industry experienced lecturers will introduce you to concepts and artists that will inspire your creative journey and challenge the way you create, think and write about art. Opportunities for gallery visits, a London trip to National Exhibitions and an exchange trip to Berlin, will encourage and foster an inquisitive and innovative approach to learning.

The following content areas are taught throughout the year:
– Investigation: You will use investigation to inform creative practice
– Experimentation: You will explore concepts and practices through iterative experimentation
– Evaluation and review: You will use evaluation and review to inform creative practice
– Realisation: You will develop techniques for realising intentions
– Communication: You will communicate ideas and intentions through creative practice and outcomes
– Self-directed practice: You will demonstrate engagement with self-directed practice

Exploratory Phase:
Experimenting with diverse media, materials, techniques and processes across specialist skills areas.
Investigating progression opportunities and develop a portfolio of work.

Confirmatory Phase:
Producing a final major project that draws upon the summation of knowledge and skills acquired during your learning.
You are encouraged to extend personal ambition whilst understanding the professional context for presenting your finished work.

After completing a one year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, the majority of learners progress onto Creative Higher Education courses. If you would like to get your portfolio ready for Higher Education applications and become a confident creative professional, then the journey starts here.

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Sep 2022 : Mid Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTT025 (2022)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 1 Year
Mid Devon campus Apply

Course details


Assessments will be ongoing. There will be three formative assessments at approximately six week intervals during the exploratory and pathway stages. The confirmatory stage (final major project) is formally internally and externally assessed for the final grade for the course (pass, merit or distinction).

Entry Requirements

Most students will have completed a two-year A-level programme including an Art and Design A-level, or a BTEC Diploma in Art and Design, Photography or Graphic Design. Alternatively, applicants are required to demonstrate their commitment and ability with a portfolio of work.


Most successful Petroc students progress to relevant specialist university courses, either outside of this area or here at Petroc. A few make the choice to move directly into a career within the creative industries. For the past 15 years, 100% of our students who applied to higher education have secured places.

Facilities and resources

We are based in a large art studio where each student has a dedicated personal work area. In addition, there are specialist workshops and facilities to support each of the pathways. These include:

– Visual Communication – print area, photography studio, Apple Mac computers with industry-standard software for graphics, image-making, film and animation.

– Fashion and textiles – industrial and domestic sewing machines, mannequins, print and constructed textiles.

– 3D design – wood working machinery, glass, and metal working facilities.

– Fine Art – all of the above.


Q: What is the purpose of this course?

A: The Foundation Diploma is the established route to art and design degree courses, most universities require the diagnostic experience of this course to enable students to make informed choices and to flourish within higher education.

Q: What progression opportunities does the course provide?

A: On Successful Completion of the course many students take up places on a variety of Higher Education courses including Fine art, Fashion, Textiles, Surface pattern Design, 3D Model-Making, Architecture, Graphic Design Illustration. There is also the possibility to pursue a higher level creative-based apprenticeship, internships or employment.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

Apply for this course

Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTT025 (2022) Mid Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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