BTEC Foundation Diploma Art and Design

Course level: 
3 and 4
Qualification type: 
Subject area: 
Awarding body: 
1 year
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Course Content:

At Alton College on the Art Foundation course you will study:

  • A range of challenging & creative projects, diagnostic in approach, that explore different aspects of Art and Design e.g. Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, 3D Design & Animation.
  • How to use a range of Art and Design materials and approaches effectively such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, Adobe Photoshop, photography, graphic layout, drawing, garment making, illustration.
  • A specialist creative pathway from January that allows you to explore this way of working in depth.
  • The course concludes with a final major project in which you choose and investigate a creative topic that fits in with your skills and progression ambitions, with a public exhibition & private view.


100% Coursework

Entry Requirements:

Applications to be submitted Oct/Nov.  Portfolios submitted the week following February half term.  After portfolio inspection students will receive an offer by the end of February, others may also be invited to an interview.

Studying at Alton College:

This is a highly practical full time course, structured into 3 stages:

Stage 1 Exploratory stage - This stage allows you to try out many different specialisms whilst helping you to focus your attention on choosing future degree courses, with extensive support to prepare for interviews and the presentation of your portfolio.

Stage 2 Specialist Pathways - This stage allows you to develop a portfolio of work through extended specialist projects within your chosen area.

Stage 3 Confirmatory (Final Major Project) - This stage is an opportunity to produce self-motivated and more independent work within your chosen specialist pathway.

In addition, you will take part in group discussions and analysis of your own work and that of others. Investigations into historical and contemporary artists and designers are integrated into practical project work. There will be opportunities to take part in trips to visit exhibitions, as well as overseas locations.  New York, Iceland, San Francisco, Beijing & Saint Petersburg have been previous destinations.

Course Costs:

There are additional costs associated with this course, these will vary depending upon which area of specialisation is undertaken. All art supplies are available to buy from the college. Students are also asked to contribute £15 towards the cost of materials for the end of course exhibition in the summer term.


Art Foundation works well for:

Advancing to competitive Art and Design Courses in Higher Education, around the country.

Seeking creative employment.

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