Art and Design | UAL Post-A-Level Foundation Diploma | Level 3/4

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0029-1C
Qualification Type Foundation Degree
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This highly regarded Foundation Diploma course has a track record for progression to prestigious universities and gives you the opportunity to explore the breadth and diversity of the subject.

The course will encourage you to explore a range of working methods, introducing you to different areas of art and design, such as fashion and textiles, 3D design, graphic communication, fine art and illustration - eventually leading you to focus on a chosen pathway and specialism.

This is an exciting and fast-paced course which will enable you to build on your prior knowledge and skills, and to explore your creativity at a deeper level. We will develop your creative independence and encourage experimentation in a dynamic and safe creative environment.

  • Specialist art studios and workshops
  • Opportunities to gain valuable work experience with external clients
  • Industry relevant and residential trips
  • Outstanding progression rates to university or employment

Brighton is renowned for its creativity and our creative industry facilities live up to that reputation. Our extensive range of specialist art studios and workshops are spacious and well-equipped. Our digital arts facilities are top-of-the-range and include a graphic design suite, 3D multimedia suite with motion capture, video studio and equipment, plus traditional dark rooms for photography. We also have Brighton’s cheapest art shop right here on campus.

To guarantee an invite to the first round of portfolio reviews, please apply before Thursday 19th December


About this course

Throughout the course you will experience a wide range of processes and contemporary approaches to creativity which will allow you to define your individual creative practice. For example, you can explore 3-D design, fashion and textiles, fine art, illustration and graphic design.

The course has a long association with many prestigious universities and guided by the professional lecturing team, you will create an impressive portfolio to assist your progression to university or for seeking employment in the creative industries.

This course is based around project assignments exploring various disciplines and a final major project. You will undertake independent work, study historical and contextual theory and develop your portfolio.

Exploratory stage: Learning skills and context

This stage includes short project assignments and workshops. At the end of this stage all your work will be assessed by your tutor to decide which specialist pathway best suits you. The five pathways of study are:

  • Fine art
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Fashion and textiles
  • 3D design

Pathway stage: Development and progression

Having selected a specialist art and design pathway you will begin to develop your skills and understanding of your chosen specialist pathway in greater depth. You will build a portfolio that will enable you to both fulfil your pathway units and apply for university. An increasing level of independence and maturity of approach is expected at this stage of the course.

Final Major Project (FMP): Proposal and realisation

You will consolidate the experiences of the previous two stages. You will undertake a self-initiated final major project which culminates in an exhibition at the end of the course. At this stage the work is externally assessed.

  • Brighton MET's Visual Arts department is extensive and has excellent art and design facilities
  • Your own studio space, Mac computing suite and facilities for 3D crafts, printmaking, fashion, laser cutting
  • A big arts community at the College from Level 1 through to Foundation Degree level
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Entry requirements

To join this course you need at least one A-Level at grade C or higher (or equivalent Level 3 qualification) in a creative subject. Plus five GCSEs grades 9–4 (A–C) to include English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work.

Entry to the course includes a portfolio review with the course leader. 

Your next steps...

After this course

Further study

This course is the preferred progression route to higher education art and design specialised study and the majority of students use this course as a stepping stone into higher education.

We have an excellent track record of placing students at prestigious universities and art colleges throughout the UK.

Future careers

Employment in the art and design industry normally requires applicants to have studied at degree level.  

  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Accessory design
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial design
  • Product design
  • Interior design
  • Concept art
  • Art education
  • Furniture design
  • Glass making
  • Architecture
  • Exhibition and museum curatorship
  • Jewellery design
  • Printmaking
  • Transport design
  • Theatre and set design
  • SFX design
  • Prop making
  • Advertising direction
  • Freelance work