Art and Design - Foundation Diploma (UAL)

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus


The University of the Arts London Awarding Body Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a steppingstone between lower level or high school study to a specialist art and design education. This course is designed for progression into further study courses at HND or university level or employment within the arts industry. The course has an articulation agreement with The Glasgow School of Art for two guaranteed places into second-year Sculpture and Environmental Art and strong progression into second year Degree study across Scotland.

During this course you will develop your confidence and independent learning in the four main specialist areas used in contemporary art and design practice. You will explore and evaluate different art and design mediums and develop a critical awareness of the contemporary visual world. You will complete challenging assignments within deadlines and attend weekly critical and contextual studies. The course will encourage your creative development through innovative and inspiring teaching. You will be taught by experienced, successful and professional lecturers in Edinburgh College art studios. This course will finish with your final major project which can be displayed at our end of year show.

Learning Skills and Context: The importance of drawing in the creative process and introduction to specialist areas of art and design; Development and Progression: Students specialise in two of the areas whilst preparing for UCAS applications; Proposal and Realisation; Final Major Project in one of the four chosen art and design specialisms; London Study trip – this trip is not mandatory but is highly encouraged and valuable to your learning; Diploma exhibition.

Entry Requirements

1 Higher plus 4 subjects at National 5; or Art and Design Diploma Level 3 (UAL); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF 5 or 6. Interview and a portfolio of work is required.

Progression Routes

Relevant HND programme; degree level study; articulation with The Glasgow School of Art for 2 guaranteed places into second year Sculpture and Environmental Art

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Art and Design

SCQF Level