Foundation Dip Art Design & Media Lv 3

Develop Your Visual Skills For Creative, Rewarding And Exciting Career Paths

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Full Time
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1 year
Jane Slade

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


One A Level or L3 qualification equivalent, for example BTEC 90 credit or Extended Diploma, preferably in a creative/art related subject.  Maths and English GCSE’s Grades 9 to 4, or Functional Skills Level 2 passes


A one-year full time course for students aged 18 and above.  Please note that 19+ students are very welcome to apply, however they will need to pay tuition and materials fees. But the good news is that anyone 19 or over may be able to apply for a student loan.  The loan process is simpler than you think.  In most cases you’ll only start making repayments if your income is over the repayment threshold.  Ask the college Admissions Team for more information.

It is an opportunity for you to develop your creative skills and experiment over a range of subjects; to take creative risks in order to develop a broad portfolio of work, and hone the professional behaviours required for progression into either HE or employment.

Time spent on the course also helps you make sure that you are progressing on to the right career path, and gives you the space, time and support to boost your confidence in your creative thinking and ability.


A discussion about you, your career aspirations and your experience in Art, Design and/or Media so far.  You will need to supply portfolio of work. This should include work that highlights your skills.  For example:  drawings, paintings, photography work, textiles, and photos of 3D or large work, moving image work, and sketchbooks if you have them.

At the moment interviews are conducted over the phone, so we are asking candidates to send us images of their selected work prior to us calling them.  We just want to see how you think, and what skills you currently have.  It helps us, help and guide you, at interview.


It is a broad based course that will allow you to experiment in, and with, a diverse range of subjects, materials and equipment. If you already have a passion for a subject, it will also allow you to develop further practical and thinking skills in this area.  The department has a wide range of specialist equipment available including a dark room, photographic studio, Mac suite, textiles and ceramics area, screen and printing press equipment, TV studio and video editing suite.

You will be asked to engage with, and work in, areas you may not have considered or touched on before.  This is important because it will help you discover new strengths and talents you never knew you had.

You will be encouraged to take risks with your creative thinking and output.  This will help you capitalise on those happy accidents from which we learn so much.

You will be challenged to develop your creative potential and encouraged to challenge yourself, so that your personal creative development can continue outside of the classroom.

You will be supported in the development of your self confidence in both your work and the way you think.  Students often under estimate the impact this positive development can have on both them and their work.


You will generate work through practical projects, workshops, online delivery, and where possible engagement with industry, helping you to develop portfolios of work that link with your progression goal(s).

Assessment of your work is holistic, and will be based on the portfolios of work you produce.  There are no exams.  There is one module split into 2 phases:

Exploratory Phase: you will experiment with diverse media, materials, techniques and processes across specialist pathways. You will investigate progression opportunities and develop a portfolio of work to support progression. Assessment for this phase is formative.  Feedback given will help you further develop your skills and thinking.

Confirmatory Phase: you undertake a final major project which should draw upon the summation of knowledge and skills acquired during your learning throughout the year.   Assessment for this phase is summative, meaning it is the point at which the final grade is awarded.

Grading: BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diplomas in Art, Design and Media Practice qualification is graded using an overall qualification grading of Pass, Merit or Distinction.


A press release issued on Published 6 February 2020 from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Nigel Adams MP, stated that:

“UK’s Creative Industries contributes almost £13 million to the UK economy every hour. New statistics reveal the Creative Industries sector is growing more than five times faster than the national economy.” – It is a very exciting industry.

Progression routes include:

  • Higher education: it provides opportunities to develop art, design and media skills over the course of study through a process of self-direction, reflective practice and communication, which are key skills for progression to higher education
  • Further training and/or employment:  it helps students develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by employers, for example communication, teamwork, problem solving and self-direction.  It will also help those students that want to work on their own business plans or become freelance/contract staff build their confidence in achieving these goals.


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