Entry Guidelines

Prospective learners should be a minimum of 18 years of age; have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which should include English Language and Art & Design; and a minimum of 2 A Levels.

Satisfactory interview – a portfolio of art/design work will be presented at interview and interviewees will be expected to discuss their initial ideas with respect to a career in Art & Design.

Written communication is a mandatory aspect of this course. Learners will be expected to produce annotated sketchbooks and critical studies essays. Learners must also have an ability to meet deadlines and take responsibility for their own learning.

Course Outline & Progression     

The Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media is ideally suited to aspiring artists and designers looking to develop the enhanced creative and personal skills that are necessary for transition into higher education or employment.

The course is designed to develop your knowledge, confidence and independence through exploration and discovery. It is a broad and exciting  course that will demand commitment, determination and perseverance – qualities essential for success in all professional fields of Art & Design.

Course Details

The course begins as a series of short thematically driven projects in the mandatory areas of drawing, painting, textiles, fashion, graphics, 3D Design and sculpture. This  first part of the course will enable learners to examine the extent of their own skills and aptitudes and explore different problem solving methods.

For the second stage of the course the learner will negotiate a personal programme of study, with a view to developing a subject specific portfolio of work and making a successful application for Higher Education.

In the third stage of the course the learner will produce a final project and course grade will be determined by the quality of this final work. There is comprehensive programme of contextual studies and use is made of local galleries and museums. There will also be an over night study visit to London.

There is comprehensive programme of contextual studies and use is made of galleries and museums in Liverpool and Manchester. An overnight study visit to London is planned.


Why Study at The School of Art & Design?

The staff are highly experienced teachers and practitioners who maintain their own practice in the fields of Fine Art, Textiles and Graphic Design. One team member also has extensive Computer Games industry experience.
The professional guidance and support provided by the team is supplemented by that provided by visiting artists, designers and Higher Education Programme Leaders.
We set live projects for students when appropriate. For example one of our students won £500 first prize for a Memorial Design for the HMS Birkenhead that was built by Cammell Laird and unveiled at Woodside in March 2014.
2013/14 students who applied to Higher Education were all offered places on prestigious University courses, including St Martins, UAL and Goldsmiths. Our students have been complemented at interview for being confident, capable and reflective practitioners.
Study visits to destinations such as Berlin enhance the course experience.



This course runs for 20 hours per week over a 4 day period, but – uniquely - students can access exclusive facilities 5 days a week in order to complete the necessary additional work required. In addition, all students have their own dedicated work area.


Qualifications Achieved

ABC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media


Assessment and support

There are 3 formal assessment points during the course, in addition to frequent individual and group tutorials. The course is comprised of units of learning, which includes taught time, independent study, access to resources and assessment. There are specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria that will be shared with you as the course progresses. You will also have a personal tutor who will provide a comprehensive programme of guidance to ensure your success in applying for Higher Education.


Course Fees and Expenses

Students who are 18 on September 1st 2015 will not be liable for course fees. Successful internal applicants who are 19 or over on 1st September 2017 will be given a bursary which will limit their course fees to £800. External Applicants who are 19 or over on 1st September 2017 will be charged the full course fees of £4000. All students will be expected to pay for or provide the course materials and equipment for this course.



If you would like to apply for the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media, please downlaod and complete the Application Form below. Please send your completed application forms to Angela Watson, at alw@bsfc.ac.uk. 

Download an Application Form here.

NB: Section A, B, C and E of the application form is to be completed by both internal Sixth Form College applicants and external applicants. Section D is to be completed by external applicants only.

*We have made every effort to ensure that the information displayed is accurate. The College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with any revision. 
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