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FOUNDATION DIPLOMA IN ART & DESIGN awarded by West Dean College

Develop your portfolio of art and design skills on West Dean’s Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. This course is designed to prepare students with A-level or a National Diploma to apply for entry onto an Art and Design related degree programme.

It is also ideal if you are considering a career change. If you have a first degree in any subject, completing the Foundation Diploma will enable you to apply to study on the Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at West Dean.

Under the guidance and instruction of highly qualified, specialist tutors, you will develop a rich and varied portfolio of work. A portfolio that reflects your areas of interests and talents, and focuses on your future career aspirations. The West Dean Foundation Diploma is awarded when you successfully complete ten short courses and submit a final 2,000 word essay. The essay consists of a statement that demonstrates the link between your experiences on the course and your intended next steps.

The first short course is mandatory and establishes the ethos of the Diploma with a programme of drawing and exploration. This course is programmed three times a year (January, May and September). The cost is included in the FDAD £135 Diploma administration fee which includes two tutorials. For the remaining nine courses it is compulsory to attend a minimum of three courses from the Art section of our programme. You will receive two tutorials by a senior tutor and you will have the opportunity to attend drawing days (at a cost of £30 per day) that are held every month. Your selected courses can be taken in any order but must normally be completed within a period of two years, including submitting the final essay.


The £135 diploma administration fee, payable on acceptance, includes the introductory weekend course and the two tutorials. The minimum cost of nine non-residential weekend courses (excluding material and/or model charges) if booking online is £1,881. Accommodation for a weekend, including dinner and breakfast, is available online from £99.

The dates for the 2015 introductory courses are June 5-7 and September 4-6.

For more information on the diploma and bursary,
contact Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise, West Dean College.

Email alison.baxter@westdean.org.uk
Call 01243 818262

FDAD bursary

Thanks to the support of an individual donor, a FDAD bursary has been founded. Young students (aged 18–30) who would like to complete the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but are struggling to find the full fee are eligible to apply. Click here for more information on short course Fees and Bursaries.

To download further information and a PDF application form click here

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