Foundation Studies in Art and Design Diploma

Diploma Visual Arts

Course Details

Subject Area
Visual Arts
Age Group
16 - 18

City Campus Manchester
(Full Time - 1 year)

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Designed for anyone who would like to go on to study specialist art & design disciplines at university level, this Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design provides the essential foundational studies you'll need to make the transition from a general exploration of the subject to a more in-depth focus of core topics.

It will also help you decide which areas of art & design you'd like to further your skills in. You'll cover a wide range of media and material throughout the duration of the Diploma, including painting and drawing, sculpting, illustration, graphics (both digital and traditional), textiles and photography. As you boost your confidence in the use of concepts and vocabulary through practical assignments, you'll also be fostering your own individual creative development.

You'll develop a range of skills that will be essential for both further study and employment in the industry, such as teamwork, creative thinking, research skills and problem solving. Your Diploma is awarded by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.

Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.

Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

As you complete a series of projects through the early part of the course, you'll receive regular assessment feedback to help you improve your work and determine your own specialist pathway. Your final grade will be assessed through an internally and externally-assessed unit in your chosen specialist pathway.

Progress on to degree-level study with our higher education partner, UCEN Manchester. Students progressing from The Manchester College will receive a cash award through the Achievers Scholarship. Click Here to explore courses and apply.

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You'll find that there's lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.

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Visual Arts

If you never stop doodling on scraps of paper or love nothing more than redesigning and upcycling your old clothes, then a course in Design & Visual Arts could be just what you need to express your creativity and hone your artistic flair.

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