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Art, Design and Fashion

Art and Design Foundation Degree (FdA)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2023 and is studied for two years.

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points from either subject relevant A Level or BTEC equivalent qualifications or a Pass grade from an Access to HE Diploma or Foundation Diploma course.

You will also need GCSE English at grade C/4 or above and a portfolio of creative design work, including sketchbooks and preliminary work.

We welcome applications from students with prior learning and/or industrial experience. Evidence should be submitted through the application and interview process.


You will achieve

You will achieve a Foundation Degree in Art and Design.

Awarding Body

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Validated by The University of Hull

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

You will study a range of modules that develop your skillset and your creative and critical thinking. The course modules draw from a range of disciplines to encourage the development of art and design skills in preparation for work or a range of final year degree programmes.

The programme will provide space for the development of a current, personally-designed portfolio. Practical workshops include painting, ceramics, photography, drawing, printmaking, artists books, multimedia, 3D design, sculpture, digital media and VR.

Course content

The first year of the course will establish key practical skills across a range of digital and analogue skillsets. The curriculum is delivered through six modules with practical exhibitions underpinning the submission process. The aim is to develop your professional skills with a public-facing exhibition enabling you to engage with communities and professionals across the creative industries.

In the second year you will hone your creative and professional practice with modules encouraging collaborative and independent approaches to art practice. Practical research modules will allow you to explore a range of employability options.

Exhibition of Year One and Year Two students 2020

Student exhibition

You will be assessed through a range of practical methods including exhibitions, studio output, presentations and critical writing. You will engage in a programme of critiques with peers and staff to encourage critical thinking and analysis.

You will be expected to have a range of drawing and painting materials and access to sketchbooks. Most equipment can be bought through the College, with the exception of certain specialist materials. It is useful for you to have a flash drive or external hard drive.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

On successful completion of the course, you can progress to our Fine Art Practice BA (Hons) top-up programme to achieve a full degree or enter the Creative Industries in a range of careers such as: artist, technician, printmaker, animator, lecturer, painter, curator or designer.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan. See the Government website for up-to-date details.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Art and Design Foundation Degree (FdA)

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