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Art, Design and Fashion

Art and Design Foundation Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September and runs for one year.

Entry requirements

  • Two A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma qualification (Individual consideration will be given if you are 21 years of age or over with no formal qualifications)
  • You must be aged 18 years or above
  • A good portfolio of work

You will achieve

Art and Design Level 3 Foundation Diploma.

Course overview

This qualification aims to educate you to make informed decisions which will facilitate your progression, primarily but not exclusively to appropriate higher education in art, design and media.

We build on your prior experience, linking skills already acquired, with ideas and challenges which will extend your critical independence, and provide you with a full understanding of the career opportunities in art, design and the media sector.

Course content

This course explores a wide range of art and design activities including media experimentation and research. You will carry out a major project which will involve you creating a body of work for exhibition, linked to a personally devised and written project proposal.

  • Fine art
  • Graphic design
  • 3D design
  • Fashion/Textiles

Your work will be assessed throughout the course, both internally and by an external moderator. At the end of each studio module you will present a folder of work for discussion and grading.

The final major project is exhibited as part of the Arts Festival in June/July which is open to the public. In order to gain a full Extended Diploma, you must pass all the course units.

You will require a basic personal and portable kit of materials and equipment. General art and design materials and equipment will be available for student use within studios.

Employment – This course can form the foundations for a range of creative occupations including Graphic Designer, Artist, Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Interior Design, Product Design and other related roles.

Education – You could progress onto university, studying a variety of art, design, fashion and crafts disciplines or other higher level qualifications such as a Higher National Diploma (HND).

See what careers are available in the Art Graphics and Fashion sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

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

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk. about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



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.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

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

Art and Design Foundation Level 3 Full-time

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