Accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, this 1-year course is fundamental if you want to progress to university to study Art & Design at degree level. It will give you the opportunity to study a wide range of art and design disciplines before you decide on the area you wish to specialise.

At  CSVPA we have an outstanding track record of helping students progress onto some of the best Art & Design universities, unlocking a world of opportunity for them. We have 6 different art and design specialist disciplines, covering subjects as listed below. These give you the freedom to experiment providing a highly personable method of learning that nurtures, educates, and encourages you. 


Fine Art and 3D Design

Animation and Film

Architecture and Interior Design

Fashion Design

Fashion Communication

Graphics and Illustration



What to Expect

First Term

At the beginning of the first term you will be guided in choosing your specialism disciplines most suited to you (3D Design, Fashion, Visual Communication). With support and advice from your lecturers, you will also consider which universities you wish to apply to.

Second Term

In the second term, you will apply the skills gained in your first term to a number of projects and live briefs from within specialism disciplines of Fashion, 3D Design, or Graphics & Illustration. You will also explore a variety of themes relevant to environmental, social, and political issues as you develop your portfolio and prepare for university interviews.

Third Term

In the third term, you will consolidate your practice through a self-directed project. At the end of term, you will showcase your work through an exhibition or show and celebrate your achievements at our graduation ceremony.

1 year (3 terms)

Course Start

Degrees & further education in art & design. Guaranteed progression to any of our BA courses on successful completion of the Foundation Diploma

Tutor Support
Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.

Studio Access
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8.30 pm, Monday to Friday and 9 am to 5 pm at weekends.

How your Work is Assessed
Visual and written assignments and projects.

Local and national educational trips to museums and galleries

We Provide

To help our young artists we provide a portfolio case and art box of essential requisites. Specialism materials are also available in our workshops and studios. We also provide access to all the adobe software (Photoshop, InDesign, Premier Pro, After Effects, and more) and free colour printing, access to an in-studio library, a photography studio, and materials needed for printmaking, plus access to our 3D studio with a laser cutter and 3D printer and vacuum former.

You will be actively supported through a hands-on approach, extensive contact time with your tutors and given all the materials and equipment you need to reach your full potential.

Entry Criteria

17 years +

Educational Level

Successful completion of High School (year 11 or year 12 depending on the native country) is needed or 1 x A level at grade E or above and 5 x GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed. 

English Level
IELTS 4.5+ (no element under 4.0)

Portfolio of work showing personal work, school work, finished and prepared


The UAL Level 3 & 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is quality assured by UAL Awarding Body through a rigorous external moderation process and grades are monitored against agreed national standards.  It is also regulated by Ofqual.


Your portfolio is the chance to show us your skills and your passion. Please click to take a look at what we look for in a portfolio.

What we look for in a portfolio

For more information about the course download the programme specification

Programme specification

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