Art and Design (Foundation Studies) BTEC Diploma

About the course

The Art and Design Foundation Studies course prepares you for progression to a variety of specialist art and design courses, including BA/BSc (Hons) degrees and teacher training.

Reasons to study Foundation Studies in Art and Design at DMU

  • Produce a strong portfolio covering all aspects of art and design

  • Excellent facilities with individual studio space from the beginning of the course

Subjects studied include: fine art painting, sculpture, print, installation, multimedia, graphic design, computer graphics, illustration, surface decoration, textiles, fashion, contour, footwear, furniture, product, theatre design, jewellery, spatial design, contextual studies and lens-based media. An additional workshop skills certificate provides a full introduction to woodwork, metalwork, jewellery, plaster, plastics, ceramics and glass.

You will study in three stages:

Stage one: introduces and enables you to explore basic art and design skills. This includes working in 2D and 3D with a range of basic material, media and methods. You are introduced to drawing in its broadest sense, developing visual language skills and learning how to develop ideas.

Stage two: a programme of specialist studio activities includes pathways in fine art, graphic design, 2D and 3D multi-disciplinary design, providing an opportunity for you to identify your chosen specialist subject. This also prepares you for making applications to degree courses.

Stage three: provides an opportunity to confirm your direction in art and design and maximise your potential. You develop an individual portfolio of work along with an understanding of the contemporary context in which artists and designers work.

Key facts

Duration:  One year full-time, two years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


You should normally have:

  • A portfolio of work, or evidence of recent experience in art and design
  • Five GCSEs grades A*- C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above
  • One A Level or equivalent, in an art and design subject
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points

All equivalent qualifications are welcome as are mature students with alternative experience


You should include samples of your strongest and most recent work such as sketchbooks, drawings, model making, painting, design projects, photography, crafts, video or animations. Work should be easy to look through, but does not need to be mounted. Photographs of large or fragile work are acceptable.

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

The final exam comprises an assessment and exhibition of your work.

Course modules

  • Researching, Recording and Responding in Art and Design
  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design
  • Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
  • Information and Interpretation in Art and Design
  • Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design
  • Extended Media Development in Art and Design
  • Final Major Project in Art and Design


Graduate careers

Most graduates apply to higher education art and design courses, either at DMU or at other universities and colleges across the UK. We will provide the necessary support and guidance, whichever route you choose.

Fees and funding

2013 entry:


Under 19 on 31/08/13: FREE
19 and over on 31/08/13: £920

International: £6500

Fees for 2014 entry are to be confirmed


There are currently no scholarships or awards available for this course. 


You will have your own studio space and additional rooms are used for classes such as life drawing. There is also access to fine art and design degree facilities such as 3D workshops and printmaking areas.

Contact details

For more information please contact:

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Telephone enquiries:  +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Educational visits

You are encouraged to develop your own understanding of the subject by visiting exhibitions and venues. This complements our planned programme of visits which includes London, Birmingham, Oxford and an international trip. During these visits you will view major collections of art and design as well as contemporary exhibitions.

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