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Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Brush up your skills with a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 🎨

Do you dream of being an artist or starting a career in the creative arts industries? A Foundation Art and Design Diploma is a practical, hands-on course that provides the space to explore artistic methods and build research skills as you find the best way to express your creative vision. As you work through the course, you’ll explore topics and themes pertinent to your own personal development in art and design, with our expert teaching team supporting you along the way.

Challenge yourself with a fun and rewarding course and expand your creative skills!

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What is a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design?

A foundation diploma bridges the gap between level 3 and level 4 (degree-level) study, helping you brush up your artistic and critical thinking skills ready for the next step in your education journey. These diplomas are an established pathway to art, design, and creative media higher education courses throughout the UK.

Our diplomas are the perfect opportunity for you to experiment with a variety of techniques and art forms as you find your style and creative outlet. You’ll also build key skills for higher education study, like critical thinking skills and an understanding of research methods.

Pathways within the diploma

As you work through your course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a range of different art forms as you find the one that suits you best. These include:

  • Fine Art
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Photography & Film
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation & Illustration
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Interior Design
  • Architecture
  • Theatre Design

Why North Hertfordshire College?

With modern facilities, strong employer links, and our position as the flagship centre for the Royal Opera House Design Challenge, there are many great reasons to choose NHC for your foundation diploma.

Led by our expert Creative Arts team, you’ll have space to explore all areas of art and design as a multidisciplinary subject. During your time at NHC, you’ll have direct access to guest speakers, a range of design challenges and live project briefs, and plenty of support. You’ll also have access to our dedicated art studios and facilities, including printmaking rooms, a Mac suite, and 3D workshops.

NHC’s Foundation Art and Design Diploma is taught in small groups, allowing you to get to know your fellow like-minded creatives – crucial for forming those all-important industry connections!

Where will my diploma take me?

A Foundation Art and Design Diploma helps you build the skills you need for a successful career in the creative arts. It’s also a recognised qualification that forms an established pathway into higher education, opening up the opportunity for an undergraduate degree and beyond.

Don’t just take our word for it – check out these stories from NHC alumni about their amazing careers!

More information about the diploma

If you’d like to find out more information about the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, then please get in touch with a member of our team.

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Awarded by the University of Arts London