Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Fashion/Textiles/Fine Art/3D Sculpture/Graphics

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The BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is an internally assessed one-year course for students hoping to progress to higher education in art-related subjects. It focuses on critical awareness, creative abilities, and building a portfolio.

This course provides an introduction to the creative arts by introducing you to a wide range of disciplines and allowing you to experiment with a range of materials and processes, preparing you for progression onto a higher education art/design related degree programme.

By exposing you to a number of specialist pathways including Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art, 3D Design/Sculpture and Graphic Communication Design, you will have the opportunity to experiment within the different creative fields and choose the right specialist pathway for you.

On the Foundation in Art and Design you will explore through drawing and mixed media, research and contextualisation which will be taught through workshops, seminars, studio critiques and lectures. The outcomes of your exploratory processes will be refined and demonstrated in a Final Major Project which will be exhibited at the end of the course.

Course Structure:

Stage 1- Exploratory stage

  • Unit 1: Researching, Recording and Responding in Art and Design
  • Unit 2: Media Experimentation in Art and Design

Through studio and workshop projects you’ll develop technological and practical skills by experimenting with a range of materials and processes. You’ll learn how to research, develop and evaluate your ideas and begin to relate contemporary, historical and cultural contexts to your own work.

Stage 2 – Pathway stage

  • Unit 3: Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
  • Unit 4/7: Information and Interpretation in Art and Design
  • Unit 5/8: Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design
  • Unit 6/9: Extended Media Development in Art and Design

In this stage you will develop and build a portfolio to prepare you for interview to enter higher education employment. Using the research you have developed in the exploratory stage, you’ll combine your ideas and processes to produce a body of work that explores your own creative intentions in your preferred specialist pathway.

Stage 3 – Confirmatory stage

  • Unit 10: Final Major Project in Art and Design

This stage is internally assessed and graded. You will continue to develop your style and individuality feeding off of your personal research and development. You will self-direct your own final major project which will be internally assessed and graded and your project will be displayed in our Foundation Exhibition which will be open to the press, public, family and friends.

On this course you will learn new skills needed to progress to Higher Education and/or successfully work as an artist/designer in industry. Through specialist use of machinery, tutorials, studio critiques, independent study and collaboration you’ll develop the professionalism, technical confidence and presentation skills needed to impress at interviews and exhibitions of your work. Our mission is to support you through developing your independence, individuality and initiative to progress successfully in Art and Design fields.


The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at BOCK Training is split between our Tulse Hill campus and our Trinity Buoy Wharf campus in London:

Tulse Hill Campus:

Specialist mode pathways:

  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Graphic Communication Design

Trinity Buoy Wharf Campus:

Specialist mode pathways:

  • Fine Art
  • 3D Design/Sculpture


On your course, you will have access to a wide range of state of the art facilities which we encourage you to make the most of during your time studying with us.


Our Head Office in Brixton houses a collection of books, magazines and journals to support all of our courses at BOCK. At the start of your course, you will have an induction to take you through how to use the library facilities including:

  • How to borrow and return books/journals/magazines and DVD’s
  • Use of computers and laptops for research
  • Study Support (one-on-one support and workshop drop in sessions)

Drawing / Painting Studio-  Trinity Buoy Wharf Campus

You will have access to a large studio space equipped with:

  • Easels
  • Painting and Drawing tools (ie. Paintbrushes/pencils/paints etc). However, students will be encouraged to purchase their own personal tools.
  • Workstations
  • Exhibition Space
  • 3D/Sculpture Studio

3D/Sculpture Studio-  Trinity Buoy Wharf Campus

Directly next door to the Fine Art Studio, is the 3D Sculpture Studio for students interested in making work in 3D. In order to promote a wide variety of processes and artistic practices, the 3D studio offers students a wood and metal workshop as well as dedicated space to work with clay or plastics in order to produce sculpture work.

The 3D/Sculpture studio is equipped with:

  • Welding Machines
  • Table Saws
  • Chisels
  • Sanders
  • Drills
  • Work Tables/Stations
  • Electric / Hand Tools
  • Kiln
  • Plaster and Clay
  • Protective Equipment (incl. gloves, helmets and goggles)

Fashion and Textiles Studio- Tulse Hill Campus
You will have access to a spacious fashion and textiles studio providing the perfect environment for you to experiment and explore various techniques for dress making, surface design and fabrics.

The fashion and textiles studios are fully equipped with:

  • Large Studio space for practical work
  • Mannequins
  • Industrial Sewing Machines
  • Cutting Tables
  • Overlockers
  •  Heat Press
  • Large Format Digital Sublimation Printers
  • 8-Shaft Hand Looms
  • Domestic Knitting Machines

Graphics Suite- Tulse Hill Campus

Our graphics suite is fully equipped with state of the art PC’s and laptops which all come with high speed internet and Wi-Fi, specialist design software including the whole Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premier Pro, Dreamweaver & Bridge.

Other graphics facilities include:

  • Scanners
  • Graphics tablets
  • Colour and Black & White laser printers
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite


Home/EU Fee


For Home/EU Students, this course can be funded through the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of their fees.

For more information about the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, please visit our website


Whats next?

Portfolio Review and Interview:

Following receipt of your application, you’ll be invited to a portfolio review event and an interview with a member of our course team. Your portfolio will be reviewed and our admissions team will be looking at your ability to demonstrate the following:

  • Research and investigative skills
  • Creative Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Use of a mix of materials and processes
  • Visualisation skills
  • Your interest in Art and Design

Application closed

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