Foundation Diploma in Art & Design – Film & Moving Image

This is an introduction to Film as forms of communication and artistic expression. Students on this course will cover a range of handmade and digital processes used to create moving images, build worlds, and tell stories. You will learn about elements of film production, from initial concept through to completed piece of moving image content with sound.  

Students will watch and discuss films, visit exhibitions, work quietly in dark rooms, explore the outdoors, write, record, imagine and create! Possible outcomes are narrative and experimental short films/animations, documentaries, music videos and multimedia installations. 


We provide access to all the Adobe software (Photoshop, InDesign, Premier Pro, After Effects, and more) and free colour printing. You will also find all the necessary equipment to develop the right knowledge and technique.

You will be actively supported through a hands-on approach and extensive contact time with your tutors.


 The UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma In Art & Design- Film & Moving is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts tariff points for each final grade as shown below: 
UCAS Points 
Pass 80 – Merit 96 – Distinction 112 


The UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma In Art & Design- Film & Moving Image 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. 

“I personally liked the balance between the independent and in-class work. We had enough time in class to ask questions and learn new skills, and to improve and perfect those skills on our own.”

Grigory – Foundation Diploma in Art & Design studen


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Course Location 
Course Length
3 Terms 
Course Start 
Tutor Support 
Specialist staff 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. With specifications set by UAL awarding body.  
Awarding Body 
University of the Arts London Awarding Body 
English Language 
Up to 5 hours per week if required 
Progression: Degrees & further education in film making, television, animation and media-based subjects.  


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 subject to a portfolio review and interview.  
English Level for International Students 
IELTS 4.5+ (no element under 4.0) 

See below for more details.


This 1 year (3 terms) course is fundamental if you want to progress to university to study Art & Design at degree level or if you want to study Film and Moving Image. 


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. 

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 related to their chosen subject as part of their journey to, or reinforcement of, further specialism in Unit 2 or 3. 
Mini-projects during Induction and Collaboration weeks:  
Phonotropes: You will create a short sequence of drawings that come to life when placed on a spinning record player and viewed through a camera’s viewfinder. 
Pixilation: In small groups, you will animate people and objects to tell a magical short story. 
Project 1: Future Fiction 
Imagine the world in 100 years; how will it have changed? You will create a world outline, character design and environment design. During practical workshops, you will build a jointed paper puppet of your character and shoot an animated stop motion sequence against your environment background. 
Project 2: Animating Spaces 
In small groups, you will devise a short story taking place in the room of a hotel. You will design and build a miniature scale model of the set with props, light it, and make a short animation or film based on a storyboard. You will also design a poster for your film. Workshops on set design, modelmaking, cinematography, 3-point lighting and Dragonframe stop-motion software will support you in creating your project. 
Project 3: The Past is Present 
You will write a beat sheet and a 2-3 page script in which a person interacts with a past version of themselves. You will then direct, film and edit a live action short film, using a green screen for at least one shot. You will present your film as a physical installation, using a projector and objects, or using screens in an unusual way.  
*Projects are examples and may change from year to year depending on the nature of live projects working with external partners, current exhibitions and visits planned and emerging new trends 
Skills Learned 
Character Design, Environment Design, Concept Art, World-building, Animation, Stop Motion, Puppet-making, Collage, Pixilation, 3-Point Lighting, Architectural and technical drawing, model making, scaled construction and other 2D and 3D representational techniques, Laser Cutting, Photography, Adobe Suite, Dragonframe, Storyboarding, Scriptwriting, Cinematography, Green Screen, Sound Design, Video Editing, Video Installation.  

This unit will provide the student with the opportunity to reflect on the knowledge, skills and practices they have developed in Unit 1 of the qualification, 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. 
Project 1: Narrative 
You will learn about narrative structure in filmmaking and create a short film or animation that tells an interesting story. In 2022, as part of the Cambridge Creative Encounters project, we worked with the theme of Global Catastrophic Risk, creating stories about the end of the world to build awareness around factors that increase the likelihood of civilisation collapse. In support of this project, we spoke to researchers at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and visited the Science Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.  
Project 2: Documentary 
After learning about the history of documentary and its use in contemporary practice, you will create a 1-5 minute documentary film or animation on a topic of your choice, beginning with a recorded interview. A practical workshop on interview skills, including lighting and microphone setup, will prepare you for individual approach. A workshop on ethics in animated documentary will support those of you working with animation. 
Project 3: Sound and Image 
You will create a 1-minute non-narrative film or abstract animation to a piece of composed sound. You will experiment with materials and focus on colour, shape, movement and speed.  
Project 4: University research and application 
This Unit is delivered through both weekly personal tutor sessions and 1:1 tutorials in the Autumn term and a UCAS week in September where students visit the UCAS fair in London and are able to research different institutions and courses, speaking to University staff. Students are expected to gather a body of research evidence, develop a personal statement and submit a portfolio of work from across the course applying the skills learned in portfolio skills classes. 
*Projects are examples and may change from year to year depending on the nature of live projects working with external partners, current exhibitions and visits planned and emerging new trends 
Skills Learned 
Interview Techniques, Lighting, Sound Recording, 2D Paper and Digital Animation, Walk Cycles, Camera-less Animation, Collaboration, Production Planning. 

This unit aims to provide students with an opportunity to take control of their own learning and demonstrate their achievement by independently initiating, researching, completing and evaluating a project proposal and its realisation within their chosen professional context. 
Skills Learned 
By this stage in the course, it is expected that students will have acquired the necessary skills knowledge and understanding to undertake their devised project, however investigation into new skills is encouraged and facilitated where possible. 


This all encompassing subject ensures you have a solid understanding of drawing-based theory including mark making, colour theory and perspective theory that takes into account how work is produced. Over the year you will cover off the following areas:

  • Elements of composition, tone, colour, texture, form and structure
  • Observational analysis
  • Visual interpretation
  • Improvisation techniques
  • Rendering the abstract
  • Experimental drawing  


Through a variety of teaching styles, we focus on four key skills you need to pass your IELTS exam; listening, reading, writing and spoken English. 

Film Making  
Moving Image 
Media Processes 
Research Skills 
Technical Skills 
Professional Practices 
Visual Production 
Audience Engagement 
Critical and Contextual Studies 
Audio Production and Technology 


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At CSVPA, we are looking for students to demonstrate originality and motivation. You need to show us that you are interested in the subject area you are applying for. If you are passionate about something, show it! It is less about the final piece and more about the thought process you have gone through. Show us your research and ideas in sketchbooks or notebooks and show us a variety of work which demonstrates the skills and experience you have. 
What to include: 

  • Show us 5-10 pieces of your very best work: quality is more important than quantity.  
  • Include both taught and personal work (you can include videos such as YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, etc).  
  • Demonstrate drawing skills (from live observation, as well as from photos or reference materials)  
  • Show us your personal ideas and areas of interest (if you’re passionate about a certain subject, show it!)  
  • Only use work you have made in the last 18 months: nothing older 
  • Submit it electronically as a PPT or PDF, or arrange an interview to show your work in person. 


What We Look for in an Portfolio guide, to prepare fully for your audition at CSVPA.



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