London College of Contemporary Arts
9 Holborn, London EC1N 2LL London, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 3535 1155


Qualification: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design*

Awarding body: Edexcel

Campus: London

Duration: 9 months

Delivery: Full-time


2016 October

2017 January, October 

Fees: UK/EU £5,400 (Students aged 19+ are eligible for government funding). 

Scholarships: Available upon successful application



The Foundation in Art and Design provides an essential introduction to the creative arts by introducing your explore and experiment with a wide range of medias.  It is designed to maximise creative exploration through  art and design based programme, which provides students with the opportunity to develop creative expression by learning an applied range of complementary art and design skills and processes.

In addition, this course will help students develop communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills.

This foundation sees guidance offered by our experienced faculty, helping you choose a specialist pathway that’s right for you. The course will give you the opportunity to explore a broad range of creative fields, developing skills and knowledge and preparing you for further educational and career-based opportunities in the worlds of art and design.



Comprehensive introduction to art and design subject areas through studio workshops, seminars and lectures. Students will follow a programme of drawing, exploratory, mixed media to develop practical skills and research methods. Exploratory and pathway units will be consolidated to propose and implement a personal Final Major Project.



Exploratory Stage

  • Research, Recording and Responding in Art and Design
  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design


Pathway Stage

  • Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
  • Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design (Art & Design)
  • Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design (Fashion)
  • Information and Interpretation in Art and Design
  • Extended Media Development in Art and Design 


Confirmatory Stage

  • Final Major Project in Art and Design


Subjects studied within the units will include:

  • Observational Drawing
  • Concept Drawing
  • Design Drawing
  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Colour Theory and Practice
  • Collage
  • Mixed Media 
  • 2-D Art & Design Studies
  • 3-D Art & Design Studies
  • Contextual Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphics and Visual Communication
  • Portfolio preparation



Three GCSE passes (C or Above) or Level 2 qualification equivalent


UK/EU students - 16 years old


English Proficiency: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent (with one component at 4.5)


Mature students with few or no formal qualifications must apply with details of age, work experience, including any voluntary work and any other relevant experience gained since leaving school; or a portfolio of work relevant to the area of study.



Candidates may progress to an HNC/HND or a Degree in subjects such as, Computer Arts and Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Fashion, Design Illustration, Fine Art, Visual Communication, or 3D Design.

LCCA Foundation students have gone on to study at a wide range of top UK universities, both in and outside of London, including:

  • UAL London College of Fashion
  • UAL London College of Communication 
  • UAL Camberwell College of Art
  • UAL Central St Martins
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Kingston University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of East London
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • University of Lincoln
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

Students have taken places in European universities in Berlin and Amsterdam.

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