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brighton metropolitan college logoFoundation Diploma in Art and Design

IFADWith our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, students will develop various art & design skills.  Through a diagnostic process and as the course progresses, they will choose a more specialist approach by selecting one of the pathways below. 

This course transitions from general education to specialist art and design education.  It enables students to make an informed decision when applying to undergraduate study at various Universities, including the University of the Arts London (UAL), which awards the diploma.

This year-long course will help you develop your creative techniques and build a portfolio of work to use in your university application process.

You will explore diverse art and design disciplines and be allowed to experiment with materials, methods and techniques.

Accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding BodyUAL

Key Information

Course Information Brighton MET College, Brighton, East Sussex, England
Course Duration One Year
Application Deadline: 5 July 2024
Start Date 2 September 2024
Fees £15,000
Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grades 9-4, including Maths and A-level in a creative art Subject or equivalent (Senior High School Certificate)
English Language Requirements IELTS Level 5 or higher

Available Pathways

Use software to create digital models of three dimensional objects and products
Illustration & Animation
Illustration for products, fashion, print and plate work.
Fine Art
Creative and Visual arts with imaginative, aesthetic or intellectual content
Graphic Design & Communication
The art of combining text and images in advertisements, books and magazines
Fashion & Textiles
Learn to create a finished appearance that conveys sophistication.

Creative foundation international courseArt & Design Diploma Unit Details

Induction and Familiarisation

Induction and Familiarisation

Students are welcomed to their course and begin with an introduction to the college. Explore our spacious studios and workshop facilities and meet your creative peers.

Guided tour of Brighton City to discover street art, shops, art exhibitions and more.

The orientation week allows students to explore college life and immerse themselves in Brighton's culture.

Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice

Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation into Creative Practice

In this unit, students will undertake a diagnostic investigation into visual language and creative practices.  This exploratory investigation allows students to become familiar with and experiment within a range of creative disciplines as part of their journey to, or reinforcement of, specialism in Unit 2.

Throughout the unit, students will develop their visual language, research methods, contextual awareness and evaluative ability to underpin various creative activities.  They will develop the necessary skills in planning, recording, analysis, and reflection to support and communicate creative endeavours while gaining an appreciation of the position and context of their investigations.  The diagnostic mode allows students to safely and effectively experience various art and design materials, methods and technologies within a professional practice.

Students will participate in exciting and challenging creative projects.  

We will help them with their UCAS applications, advise them about making degree choices, and provide English and study-skills tutorials to help them with their written skills and personal statement.


Unit 2: Developing Specialist Practice

Unit 2: Developing Specialist Practice

This unit provides the student with the opportunity to reflect on the knowledge, skills and practices they have developed in Unit 1, and to define their creative ambitions by encouraging a holistic approach to a range of activities, which will support, contextualise and position their creative endeavour within their chosen specialist practice.

The unit also serves as a precursor to the student's final project. It will allow them to enter a more personal interrogation and diagnosis to identify ambitions within a specific field.  In doing so, they will develop the professional skills necessary for progression within their chosen specialist practice.

This unit is designed to build on the knowledge, skills and practices developed in Unit 1. Students deepen their subject-specific skills and expertise with projects and opportunities encouraging using the college's studios, Pattern cutting room, printmaking studio, well-equipped 3D workshop, hand-tools workshop, ceramics and plaster studio, photographic darkroom, photographic studios and computer suites.

Students will also be given specialist advice to develop portfolios for their selected university choices.


Unit 4: Consolidating Practice

Unit 4: Consolidating Practice

This is the final major project (FMP). This is a sustained, exciting and intensely creative period within the course.

This unit aims to allow students to take control of their learning and demonstrate their achievement by independently initiating, researching, completing and evaluating a project proposal and its realisation within their chosen professional context.  The 10-week project gives students the time to build upon skills and knowledge developed in the course and the opportunity to showcase their work in a final exhibition.

UAL Foudation Art DesignAdditional Course Information

English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes and IELTS Exam Preparation (Tutorials)

Students will benefit from the embedded English for Academic Purposes programme. This includes four hours of weekly dedicated tutorials to complement and support their art curriculum. Students will receive lessons on the vital study and language skills required to complete this course.   

IELTS requirements vary depending on the course and level of study.  UK universities require an overall IELTS score of 6.0 or 6.5, with at least 5.5 in all sub-elements. Our tuition fees include one hour of IELTS exam preparation per week, with the option to purchase additional lessons. 

Final Major Project

Final major project (FMP)

During the final stage of the course, students will work on their Final Major Project (FMP). This is a sustained and intensely creative period where they will produce exceptional and accomplished artworks and designs for exhibiting in the MET's highly regarded Summer Exhibition.

In addition, students frequently work on live projects commissioned by internal and external clients and have the opportunity to participate in art competitions and exhibitions.

Our students are regularly invited to participate in prestigious events such as the Sustainability Fashion Show and will have the opportunity to be nominated for the annual UAL Origins Exhibition.



The assessment of work takes place continuously throughout the course. This is both formative and summative, and there are no formal examinations.

Written developmental feedback is provided for each assignment. Work is graded at either pass, refer or fail for stages 1 and 2.

At the end of stage 3, the assessment of the final major project will be the final grade awarded for the overall qualification: Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

Work submitted for assessment is a body of creative outcomes and a sketchbook of developmental work. This requirement remains the same throughout each stage of the course.

Developmental work usually includes practical art and design work, a significant amount of creative evidence in sketchbooks such as experimentation, idea development, photographic records and written evaluations or summary statements.

UCAS: University Applications

UCAS: University Application

Students will be guided through completing their UCAS application and provided with advice and support in deciding their degree choices.  We provide extensive help with students UCAS applications including:

  • Guidance on suitable choices of courses and universities
  • Application form support
  • Personalised advice with a written personal statement
  • Providing references and preparing for interviews
  • Expert guidance on developing and presenting portfolios of work



Study at prestigious Art universities and colleges in the UK, including:

  • UAL
  • Kingston University
  • Westminster
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Ravensbourne
  • UAL BA Hons Degree courses at CCG 

Our partnership with UAL provides our International students with outstanding progression advice, including portfolio advice and specialist workshops.

UAL is made up of six equally renowned Colleges:

  • Camberwell College of Arts
  • Central Saint Martins
  • Chelsea College of Arts
  • London College of Communication
  • London College of Fashion
  • Wimbledon College of Arts



Showcase of IFAD Final Projects
Final 4
Final 1
Final 2
Final 5



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