Art & Design BTEC Foundation Diploma

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About this course

The foundation course is a highly creative diagnostic course designed to help you develop your individuality and aid your progression primarily, but not exclusively, on to Higher Education courses in art and design.

You will develop a portfolio of work that is appropriate to your future progression aims and specialise in one of five broad pathway areas.

• Fine art
• 3D studies
• Fashion and textiles
• Visual communication
• Photography and digital media.

You will then go on to display your work in a major exhibition at the end of the year.

Visits to local and national galleries and museums are planned throughout the course and there are opportunities to go on residential trips. Recent destinations the department has visited have been Madrid, Berlin, Barcelona and New York.

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What are the entry requirements?

The course is designed to be done after A levels or a BTEC National Extended Diploma as it has some units that are set at level 3 and some that are at level 4. You should therefore have already achieved one of the following in order to apply:

1 full A Level or 2 AS Levels in an art-related subject
BTEC National Extended Diploma in an art-related subject at Level 3.

You will have an interview to which you will need to bring a portfolio of your artwork and be prepared to discuss your aims and ambitions for a career in art or design. Applications from learners who have been out of education for some time are also welcome but you will need to have a portfolio of work that demonstrates your current skills and ability.

Course assessment

You will be assessed at three main stages throughout the course using project-based assessment, observation of your skills in practice, seminar presentations and group and one-to-one tutorials.

You need to pass each stage of the course in order to progress with the final stage of the course being marked against Level 4 criteria. The mark you get for this final stage will constitute your overall grade for the course, a pass, merit or distinction.

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What's next?

For many, the foundation course is the beginning of a career in the creative industries. Previous students have progressed on to a wide range of university courses or have started other training courses or employment.

Where Can I Learn More?

For more information on gaining this qualification at Dudley College of Technology please contact the learner services team at or phone 01384 363 363.

Please Note

All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education. Unless directly specified, there are no additional costs associated with materials to be purchased or trips for this course.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email:


Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

* Statistics from undergraduate induction survey 2013-14.