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Art, Design & Crafts

ART AND DESIGN Level 3 Foundation Diploma

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

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Level 3
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Further Education
Newry Campus


This course is an exciting and challenging experience and, in many cases, an essential qualification when applying for very highly competitive degree courses. The course is designed to prepare your portfolio for university interview whilst providing direction on a wide variety of specialist disciplines. The goal of the programme is to provide creative groundwork that will enable students to discover their own strengths and talents. The course includes educational visits to cultural centres where students are given the opportunity to view and evaluate the work of contemporary and historical artists and designers. Individual students are given the opportunities to work on realistic industrial commissions and projects.


You must possess the minimum qualifications:

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C, including Maths and English (or equivalent):

GCE A Level in Art & Design or an equivalent  Level 3 qualification e.g. Extended Diploma in Art & Design. You will also be asked to present an appropriate portfolio of art & design work for interview in order to demonstrate specific skills. In exceptional circumstances you may be accepted on the quality of your portfolio combined with previous experience.


The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is made up of three mandatory units:

Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice

In this unit, students will undertake a diagnostic investigation into visual language and creative practices. This exploratory investigation allows students to become familiar with and experiment within a wide range of (art, design, craft and media) creative disciplines as part of their journey to, or reinforcement of, specialism in Unit 2 or Unit 3.

Unit 2: Developing Specialist Practice (Level 3) Or Unit 3:  Developing Specialist Practice. (Level 4)

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to reflect on the knowledge, skills and practices they have developed in Unit 1 of the qualification, and to define their creative ambitions by encouraging a holistic approach to a range of activities, which will support, contextualise and position their creative endeavour within their chosen specialist practice.

Unit 4: Consolidating Practice.

This unit aims to provide students with an opportunity to take control of their own learning and demonstrate their achievement by independently initiating, researching, completing and evaluating a project proposal and realisation within their chosen professional context.

This course explores several disciplines which may include:

  • Ceramics
  • Fine Art
  • Graphics
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Drawing & Communication
  • Sculpture
  • Jewellery
  • Contextual and Historical Studies
  • Fine Art Concepts and Design Development


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


You can progress directly to employment or to a range of university degrees or HND courses.

SRC offers HND in Graphic Design, HND in Textiles, HND in Photography and HND Art Practice, all of which may lead to the degree in Creative Imaging.


Apply now using our online application form!


Lurgan full-time

Cherie Craig

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Newry full-time

Fiona McCartney

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Newry part-time

Tammy Fullerton

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In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

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