Art & Design - Foundation

L3 Level 3
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design level 3 offers an excellent opportunity for students to develop and enrich current art and design practice in preparation for degree courses across the visual arts. With a diagnostic starting point leading towards your chosen specialist study of Fine Art, 3d, Graphic Communication, Fashion/Textiles. All students have access to personal and specialist studio space plus workshops facilities in areas such as ceramic, 3d, photography and print making at our dedicated Creative Arts Academy – an artist’s paradise at our City Centre Campus. This fast paced, dynamic course will help you develop and build a portfolio of work and prepare you for progression across a wide range of creative possibilities with many of our students going on to study at prestigious Universities across the UK. 

All students need to be over 18 to apply.

The following UCAS points will be allocated to learners who have fulfilled the requirements of this qualification: Distinction 112, Merit 96, Pass 80.

What you will study

There are 6 units of study which aim to enable learners to confidently progress within the visual creative world of HE or work. You will be introduced to a range of materials and methods of working to research and develop your ideas, learning how to evaluate and reflect on your progress. During the foundation course we encourage ambition, an exploratory approach, a critical analysis of practice and the ability to think outside of the box.

All students need to be over 18 years by the 1st of September on the yea of entry to apply.

The following UCAS points will be allocated to learners who have fulfilled the requirements of this qualification: Distinction112, Merit 96, Pass 80

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C including English Language or Maths AND 1 x AS Level working towards a full A Level OR BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3. Relevant experience during employment. You will be required to provide a portfolio of work during your interview. You must be 18+ years of age.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



WJEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design


What our students say

Career prospects & further study


Within the Creative industries, there are nearly 3,000 job openings predicted from now until 2024 and a 16.0% growth in Cardiff Capital Region (EMSI, 2018).

After completing this course learners can progress on to courses on to CAVC Foundation Degrees including but not limited to: 

  • Foundation Degree in Product Design
  • Foundation Degree in Graphic Communication
  • Foundation Degree in Film
  • Foundation Degree in Contemporary Artist Designer

View all the courses here. 

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

45a Trade Street, 
CF10 5DT