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Zuzanna Wawrzynaik

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St Bede's Catholic Academy


English Combined, Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, Creative Writing

“JLC had the best range of subjects to do and a really high percentage of students going to Oxbridge."

About Me

Zuzanna has previously been nominated for Student of the Month, and is very involved in additional learning opportunities around college.

Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media

Level 3/4 Diploma (level determined by student progress) - One year course

What will I learn?

The Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media is an intensive period of study that will challenge you to take risks, leave your comfort zone and dismiss your assumptions about art and design.

You will gain an insight into the specialist disciplines that exist in art and design. The programme is usually aimed at students who have completed a Level 3 qualification, who wish to define a subject specialism area of study and explore a range of areas (eg painting, drawing, life drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, graphic design, 3D Design and textiles) before deciding upon a pathway specialism.

Encouraging you to think critically, you will become ideas focussed and develop creative approaches to problem solving through meaningful experimentation and lateral thinking. The course’s attention to drawing as a key skill for artists and designers will aid this development.  

Our team of experienced and dynamic art and design professionals lead a range of diverse projects at the beginning of the course. As the course progresses the focus is on you as an independent and creative learner. Your award will be achieved at the end of the course as a result of a project you will invent and execute.  

We will support you in your UCAS application and advise you throughout the application process to allow you to select the most appropriate BA course to back your ambitions.

Working in a professional studio environment you will develop a range of practical skills as well as the ability to analyse and evaluate the work of other creative professionals and your peers. The supportive environment in the studio has a ‘family’ ethos that will allow your work to become increasingly creative, innovative and experimental.

The course is designed to:

·     Develop an individual’s critical awareness of contemporary art and design contexts

·     Develop your ability in the methods of creative production

·     Encourage personal evaluation skills that will develop a capacity for self-reliant learning’

Where will I study?

You will study in a studio at John Leggott College, with full access to excellent facilities across fine art, 3D design, photography, graphics, fashion and textile disciplines within the creative arts department.

Where will it lead?

The Foundation course is an intensive programme of study designed to help you make informed decisions, facilitating progression to Higher Education in the areas of art and design, or into related employment. Institutions that deliver BA courses favour students that have completed a Foundation course.

Entry requirements

We interview all applicants looking to see a portfolio of work and an understanding of contemporary visual practices. Your portfolio should present us with an insight into your varied interests and skills. We take into consideration predicted grades in A – Level and BTEC Diplomas, as well as GCSE awards.

You must have at least one A-level in a creative subject and a minimum of three GCSE’s including maths and english or equivalent qualifications. When starting the course you must be at least 18 years of age.


You will be assessed three times during the year. Assessment is based entirely on coursework.


As part of the Foundation course’s Pathway Stage you will be required to visit a major city on a residential trip. You will also attend exhibitions by leading international artists and designers during the year. Students receive studio visits by arts professionals throughout the course and have opportunities to have their work exhibited outside of the college. 

Our ideal students

We are looking for positive and talented individuals who creatively  approach problems. You will be dedicated to learning from creative processes and life experiences. Due to the intense nature of the course we look for motivated students with a strong work ethic and a dedication to art and design.  

What are the fees?

Tuition will be free for anyone aged under 19 at the start of the course. Fees for other students are still to be confirmed for 2017 starts.