Accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, this 1-year course on Visual Communications -Advertising, Art Direction & Branding- is fundamental if you want to progress to university to study Art & Design at degree level. 

With a focus on creative enterprise, CSVPA London is located in the heart of the UK’s creative industry and is the sister school to the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts based in Cambridge.

This underpins most of the visual creative arts industry. You are introduced to the fundamentals of graphic design, such as layouts, composition, typography, colour work, the relationships between photography and illustration and how all the above unites to form what makes a persuasive visual communicator. All media from pen and paper to digital creative software is encouraged. Both are tools, it’s just how you use them that determines you. A sharp eye for detail and an understanding of type, image and layout are key assets to succeed in this sector of the creative arts. Professional visual communicators are adapt from one brief to the next to designing for print, web, mobile and TV in the arena of advertising and branding.


What to Expect


You will be guided in choosing the specialism disciplines most suited to you. With support and advice from your lecturers, you will also consider which universities you wish to apply to.


In this term you will be applying the skills gained in your first term to several projects and live briefs from within specialism disciplines. You will also explore various themes relevant to environmental, social, and political issues as you develop your portfolio and prepare for university interviews.


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 Visual Communication, Advertising, Art Direction and Branding. 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 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 film studio, and materials needed for printmaking. 

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


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