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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

This course provides a progression route to Degree and HNC/HND courses in all areas of Art and Design. The full time course runs for 1 year (min 15 hrs per week) and the Part time course runs for 2 years (8 hrs per week).

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We have 4 sessions available for this course running in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
18 Apply Now
Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
18 Apply Now
Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Thursday/Friday
Time: 09:30-13:30
16 £476.00 Apply Now

During your study, you may need financial support and SERC is here to help. Find out more information on student fees and financial support in the Student Finance section.

Course Overview

This course provides a progression route to Degree and HNC/HND courses in all areas of Art and Design. The full time course runs for 1 year (min 15 hrs per week) 

Modules may include:

  • Unit 1 researching, recording and responding in art and design
  • Unit 2 media experimentation in art and design
  • Unit 3 preparation and progression in art and design
  • Unit 4 information and interpretation in art and design
  • Unit 5 Personal experimental studies  in art and design
  • Unit 6 Extended media development
  • Unit 10 Final Major Project


This may course consist of:

  • Visual Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Contextual Studies        
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Print
  • Textiles                      


You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability. 


Entry Requirements
Students should normally have one of the following:

• BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design

• An 'A' Level pass at grade C or above in Art or an Art related subject with 4 x GCSE passes, including English Language, at Grade C or above;
• OR other qualifications deemed equivalent for the purpose of entry.

A portfolio of recent work must also be provided at time of interview

As part of your programme you will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing. Prior accreditation may be taken into account but this would need to be substantiated and clearly evidenced.

The interview process will involve an interview, a questionnaire and a summer assignment. The outcomes of which, along with the required grades, will determine your successful entry to this programme.

Please note that if the course is oversubscribed additional criteria will be applied.

Where will it take me?

The Foundation Diploma is the most widely recognised entry requirement for Higher Level Art & Design courses in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Students who have recently completed the course have gained BA (Hons) places in Colleges and Universities in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and England.

Courses taken include Fine Art, Visual Communication, Photography, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Ceramics, Combined Studies in Art & Design, Fine Craft Design and Jewellery.

How will it make me more employable?

You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:

• Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence
• Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking)
• Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies.

This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
You will be assessed throughout the course and will culminate in a final major project and end-of-the-year show. Students who are successful in completing the course will be awarded the BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
Additional Costs

You will be required to provide a range of general art materials to start your programme.  For example, this must include a set of acrylic paints, a set of good quality colouring and drawing pencils and a hard back sketch book.

In addition you will need to purchase more specific tools and materials dependent on your pathway choices, e.g. printmaking - etching tools; textiles - fabric; photography - paper etc.


The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.

Pass all units covered in order to gain the full qualification.

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