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This course is offered part-time 9 hours a week, with a requirement to attend two core courses plus a third option each term over two years.

What The Course is About:

Course Ethos

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a part-time, two year course giving students the opportunity to explore various Art & Design disciplines, experiment with a range of materials, methods and approaches and build a portfolio of work. The course allows you to study a broad range of creative arts disciplines, with a key focus on Fine Art. You will also acquire key transferable skills such as effective communication, teamwork, time and project management.

The Project-based course allows learners to develop their ideas, designing and making skills to give them progression opportunities in HE to degree or HND level and other areas of the creative industries. This course will build on learners’ existing skills as well as introducing them to new ideas, media and ways of learning. They will explore a broad range of disciplines in art and design - including fine art, drawing and painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, fashion, textiles, 3D design and illustration - with increasing independence and refinement towards a specialist focus within which they may complete their final major project and end of course exhibition.

Course Details for Year 1

Attendance is for 9 hours per week with between 3 – 5 hours of study at home. There will be an Induction Day on Thursday 8 September 2022

The 2 core sessions of:

Core 1 - Visual Studies on Tuesdays (2-5pm)

Core 2 – Project Work on Wednesdays (2-5pm)

In addition, you will take a further subject each term (Specialised Study) across a range of subject areas on Thursdays 2-5pm:

Printmaking in Term 1

Photography in Term 2

3D in Term 3

Assessment of progress

All course work is assessed at the end of each term and in both years will culminate with an End of Year Show. In the 2nd year, students will continue with Core 1 and 2 and choose an option each term from across the PSAD curriculum as well as completing a Final Major Project. Students will be encouraged to organise an external Exhibition as well as the show at the school. Assessments are provided in writing and require students to organise and present their work ready for submission. The Diploma certificate is awarded on the basis of completed units, student portfolio, exhibition and tutor assessments.


Entry Requirements

Entry is by written application followed by an interview with a small selection of current work, which can be sent electronically. The interview enables you to discuss your previous experience and review your artwork and you will be asked to describe your reasons for applying for the course. Your enthusiasm, some previous experience and commitment will be an important factor as this part-time course will become an important focus for the two years you will be attending.


How many students are accepted?

We accept up to 15 students each year, so you have a chance of individual attention with small class sizes. N.B Students will need to be 19 years + to access the Government’s Advanced Learner Loan scheme.


What do students progress on to?

Most students continue to develop their own practice and they do this either by attending a course at PSAD and/or sharing studios/apply for a full time BA course in Art or Design and very occasionally a student has progressed to an MA. Advice is available for students who would like to consider these routes.


How do I apply?

Please contact Belinda Bates for an application form or from our website: bbates@enablelc.org 

or call 020 3959 0110


The Diploma Year 2 show runs from 11 July - 31 July 2022 at PSAD


If you wish to proceed you will need to complete an application form (which will be emailed to you or download from our website) and attend an interview by arrangement.


How much will it cost?

Standard fee £833 per term £2382 per year if paid in advance

Resident in Wandsworth/over 60 £584 per term £1668 per year if paid in advance


There will be a deposit on acceptance of a place of:

£350 - (your full deposit will be deducted from your final term’s fee)

N.B Deposits will not be subtracted if students exit the course before the end of the two years.


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