This is a great course if you've already turned 18 and want to get back on track for art and design at university. The foundation diploma prepares you for specialist art and design studies either at art college or university. The course is challenging and intensive and you'll build on your skills as well as discover plenty of new ideas, media and ways of learning.
You'll explore a broad range of disciplines in fine art (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, fashion, surface design, 3D sculpture, spatial design, graphic design and illustration) with growing independence until your final projects. Most of the course is based on practical work, so you'll respond to simulated briefs and meet deadlines. You'll develop your critical independence and ability to respond in a thoughtful and creative way while meeting the needs of the brief. You'll also study art history and contextual studies projects where topics include:
- Exploratory stage research
- Recording and responding
- Media experimentation
- Preparation and progression
- Pathway stage information and interpretation
- Personal experimental studies
- Extended media development
- A final major project.
If you study at Level 4, your final project and written work will be assessed at a higher level, and against slightly different marking criteria. We will discuss with you the different levels and what will work best for you at interview.
Continuous assessment and coursework.
Depending on whether you study at Level 3 or Level 4, you'll need GCSEs grades A*-C/ 9-4 in maths and English and a Level 3 qualification, eg an A-level, which will ideally be art and design related (or equivalent).
If you're an older student, you might have a Level 2 qualification and some appropriate work experience so talk to us about how we can help find a route onto this course for you. You must be 18 years or older. You'll need to bring a portfolio of your recent art and design work to interview. If you don't have one, you'll be set tasks by the interview panel.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
You'll buy an art kit and this provides a variety of resources worth more than the cost - payment is assessed on your circumstances.
Progress on to the HNC in Graphic Design at South Thames College or on to a range of higher level courses at an art college or university.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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9 Sep 2019 Full TimeWandsworthWhere and whenLocation:WandsworthTimes:DaytimeDuration:1 YearStudy mode:?Full TimeDays:WeekdayStart:09/09/2019End:03/07/2020Code:WDE4006CF/1920
Art and Art History
Art and Design
Fashion and Textiles Design
Floristry and Gardening
Graphic Design and Web Design
What can I earn?
Fee reductions for adult short courses
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|Students who are:||Wandsworth||Tooting||Merton|
|Receiving income-based benefits||£40*||£40*||50% discount**|
|Aged 60 or over||
* There is no reduction for courses costing less than £40
** Non-accredited courses only (courses that don't lead to a certificate or qualification)
How to apply for reduced fees
Come to Student Services at any of our campuses with payment and proof of your age or benefit status.
Accepted proof of age:
- Driving license
Accepted proof of benefits:
- A benefits letter dated from the last two months
There are no discounts available for any of our CELTA courses. To find out more about CELTA email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You might be able to get a discount on some courses if:
- You are 60+ years of age. You may have to pay for materials on some courses
If you're on income-based benefit. It's usually £37 each term. You may have to pay for materials on some courses. There is no College registration fee for leisure courses.
Please bring proof of your benefit status that is less than two months old when you enrol.
You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses.
Please note that if you're applying for a reduced fee, your benefit evidence needs to be no older than two months.
Aged 19 or older not on benefits
You will have to pay tuition and exam costs and you may have to pay for materials on some courses.
Aged 19 or older on 'Active Benefits' eg Jobseekers Allowance
You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses. Please note that JSA signing on books are not accepted as proof of benefits for a reduced fee.
Aged 19 or older on other benefits eg income support
You may get a discount depending on the type or level of education you've done already. You may have to pay for materials on some courses.
New government funding for 24 and older!!
If you are taking a Level 3 or 4 course, you may be able to get a government loan to cover your course. Find out more here.
There is a College registration fee of £30 but only if you are on a qualification course that is not 'full cost'. You don't pay it if you're 18 or younger or on Active Benefits.
For CELTA courses
Apply for CELTA courses using the application form here. If you're applying for the CELTA taster day you'll need to follow the steps below to enrol.
For courses not leading to a qualification
You can enrol anytime between now and the start of your course using our enrolment form.
In person: Bring your completed form to any of our centres Monday to Thursday: 8.45am-7.00pm (10-4 during College holidays) Friday: 8.45am-4.00pm or Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm with:
- Evidence of benefits or age(if you are applying for a reduced fee)
- Payment (cash, cheque, credit or debit card)
By post (only if paying full fee): Send the enrolment form with a cheque or the credit card information completed to:
College Enquiry Unit, South Thames College, Merton Campus, FREEPOST CN2701, London Road, Morden Surrey, SM4 5QX
Please do not send cash in the post. Cheques should be made payable to: South Thames College Corporation. Please note we don't accept Electron or American Express cards.
By phone (only if paying full fee): Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm on 020 8918 7777 with your credit or debit card to hand. You will soon be able to pay online too.
Advanced Learner Loan
If you're 19 or older at the start of this course and you've lived in the UK for 3 or more years, you could get a loan to help with your tuition fees. It's not means-tested, and you won't need to pay it back until you've finished your course and earn over £21,000 a year.
If you get an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access course then go on to complete a HE course, your loan repayments will be wiped off.
The amount you'll receive depends on the course and tuition fees. The minimum is £300.
How to apply
You can apply for this loan once you've got a place on the course. After you've accepted your place we'll send you a learning and funding information letter which you need to complete your loan application. You can do this online on the gov.uk website.
For full details about the loan and eligibility, see the UK government website.