Foundation Degree in Contemporary Artist Designer

L5 Level 5
Full Time
25 September 2023 — 17 May 2025
Barry Campus

About this course

As a Foundation Degree programme there is an emphasis on skills development, employability and the understanding of entrepreneurial skills.  ‘Artist / Designer’ is a general term normally used to include the making or designing of objects or artefacts. The course has making at its heart, and you develop new skills through hands-on experience with materials from ceramics, metal forming, jewellery skills, textiles and glass. You learn to bridge the gap between age-old skills and the latest technology creating new ways of making for our ever-changing world. You will also develop a unique style and consider where your work sits within creative practice. You learn from skilled tutors with industry experience - and take inspiration from practicing makers.

How to Apply: You apply for this course via UCAS.  The ‘Apply Now’ button will take you to the UCAS course page.
You will need the following details:
Course Code – CR07, Institution Code – C16, Campus Code - B, Campus Name – Barry Campus 
For further information visit Completing your UCAS application.

What you will study

You will study the following core modules at level 4 and 5;  

Year 1 (level 4): 

  • Subject Module: An introduction to the materials, processes and equipment you'll need for creative practice
  • Field Module:  Facilitate collaboration to gather business experience, and research into entrepreneurship.
  • Constellation Module:  A series of lectures and seminars about how art and design respond to a range of contemporary social, cultural, historical and philosophical issues supporting your personal development as a creative.

Year 2 (level 5):

  • Subject Module: Moving outside your comfort zone and experimenting with material process and technologies. You move to developing your own project and showcase you final project in a professional gallery.
  • Field Module:  , carry out research into entrepreneurship in relation to Art and Design and collaborate with professional galleries to showcase you work
  • Constellation Module: Demonstrating your research and analysis skills in your final constellation submission. Students will undertake a well-balanced mix of theory and practice delivered via a range of teaching methods across the programme.

Demonstrations and Lectures are used to describe processes and techniques, complemented by seminars, individual tuition, group discussion and tutorials.  

Please note: You can apply for this course either through UCAS or directly with the College.  If applying via UCAS please use the following details: Course Code W250, University Code C20, Campus Code = 8, CAVC - Barry Campus.

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

Entry requirements

Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis. Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your portfolio of appropriate work and experience will be taken into consideration at interview. Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.  Applicants must be 18 or over and for standard entry a minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points is required, which is reflected in the offers below:     

Typical A-Level Offer - DD   

Typical BTEC Offer - relevant BTEC level 3 profile of Pass/Pass/Pass  

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in place of one A-level at the grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements   

Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level 3 in a related subject  

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

25 September 2023

End date

17 May 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

15 hours per week


Barry Campus
Maps & directions

Course code



Foundation Degree in Contemporary Artist Designer


What our students say

My highlight of this course is learning to sew and being able to explore all of the themes that I wanted to and producing a really cool cowboy project. My plans after college are to go to Brighton University and study fashion design and business studies so that I can then go on to potentially own a store. This course allowed me to find my specialty and, with the support from my tutors, I was able to learn and refine my skills. 

Art Foundation
Caitlin Rees
Previously studied Art & Design level 3, and Art & Design – Foundation level 4.

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).

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Barry Campus
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Cardiff and Vale College,

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