Art & Design Foundation BTEC Level 4 

What will I learn?

The Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design is an intensive one-year course. This will give you an insight into the specialist disciplines that exist in the broad range of 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. You will explore a range of areas before deciding upon a pathway specialism. You will be taught by highly-experienced tutors and practitioners across the full range of art and design areas.

Course Structure

The programme is broken down into three parts:

Term One – The Exploratory Stage; this offers students the opportunity to experience a wide range of studio activities spanning two and three dimensional subject disciplines.

Term Two – The Pathway Stage; this offers the opportunity for students to discover their own strengths within a specific subject area.

Term Three – The Confirmatory Stage; at this stage of the course students negotiate individual programmes of work with a focus on specific subject areas. The term ends with a final assessment exhibition.

Entry Requirements

A successful portfolio interview and the attainment of the following qualifications:

  • One A Level in an Art-related subject
  • BTEC Diploma in a relevant subject – Pass/Merit Profile

How long will it take to qualify?

One year

How will I be assessed?

The course has no formal examinations, so units will be assessed by the completion of appropriate coursework. Students will need to work to set deadlines in order to be successful on this course.

Additional Learning Opportunities

There will be opportunities to visit art galleries and other cultural events throughout the year, and extra support is available through revision and twilight sessions.

Who is this course aimed at?

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design will be attractive to students who:

  • are interested in a career in the Creative Arts or related areas
  • wish to study a wide range of Art specialisms, e.g. painting, drawing, life drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, graphic design and textiles
  • wish to take a course where they are assessed entirely by coursework

What next?

The BTEC Foundation Course in Art and Design leads on to degree courses in the visual arts and applied design subjects, such as Fine Art / Fashion / Design / Commercial Graphics / Documentary Photography.



  • BTEC Level 3/4


  • Art & Design


  • 18+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider