Why choose this course?
This accredited course prepares you for the study of art and design at degree level. You'll gain an understanding of visual communication, three-dimensional design, fashion and fine art. You'll explore a range of art forms and techniques, and begin to develop your own creative style.
You'll work in a small group of around 25 students. The small intake of students ensures regular one-to-one guidance with a tutor throughout the year. You'll benefit from all of Kingston School of Art's facilities and you'll work on joint projects with degree students whenever possible.
You'll get to hear from a range of industry mentors who will give lectures in professional practice. These will engage you in a critical investigation of your work, progression aims and ambitions. You'll take part in a London drawing trip, and research in galleries and museums also forms part of the course.
Whatever your preferred career path, the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design prepares you for higher level learning in an art school and for your artistic practice beyond.
What you will study
The course focuses on four main areas:
- Visual communication – graphic design, advertising, packaging, bookbinding, art direction, film, illustration, moving image, model making
- Three-dimensional design – architecture, landscape architecture, interior, product, furniture, prop and set design
- Fashion and fabrication – menswear, womenswear, costume, fashion journalism and constructed textiles
- Fine art – painting, mixed media, printmaking, installation, sculpture, performance and photography
The course runs from September to June and is divided into four modules.
Module 1 introduces the principles, techniques and demands of the art and design industry. A six-week rotation of workshops examines each of the four areas. This helps you understand them and make an informed choice on what you want to study.
Modules 2 and 3 mark the start of your specialism. You'll explore your subject choice in detail and broaden your technical and conceptual skills. You'll also prepare your portfolio for degree-level interviews.
In Module 4 you will complete an eight-week project using the knowledge, skills and confidence you have acquired. The project culminates with a public exhibition.
Please note: places are limited and the number of applicants is extremely high. We expect applicants to have attended one of our open days. You'll visit the studios, meet staff and students, and receive guidelines about how to apply and what to include in your portfolio.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
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