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Foundation Diploma

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
1 year (full-time)

Described as one of the strongest and most distinctive foundation programmes in the country, you will develop the skills and portfolio required for most degree programmes in art and design. The various creative projects you undertake will allow you to experience a range of ideas, materials, processes and technologies, enabling you to then identify and explore your preferred degree with the support of experienced staff. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to exhibit in the established annual degree show.

Special Features

  • Recognised as one of the best courses of its kind in the UK and has been awarded an Ofsted grade 1 report in the most recent report.
  • Gives you the skills and knowledge for most degree programmes in art and design at this university as well as similar programmes at other universities.
  • As a student of this course you are eligible for direct entry onto most of the MMU art & design courses providing you have achieved the required academic standard.
  • Gives broad experience of creative techniques, disciplines and media, to develop your abilities and skills and help identify your preferred area of study at degree level.
  • Gives you the chance to take part in faculty events, lecture programmes, artist residencies and exhibitions.

Course Content

In Term 1 you will be introduced to a wide range of creative activities to develop your practical and conceptual skills, helping to make choices for your future area of study. Individual guidance is given from an experienced range of staff on the options best suited to your work and future ambitions.

In Term 2 you will confirm the specialisation that you wish to follow at degree level, and progress your application for your chosen degree place. You will also develop your own personal methodology, enabling you to work with a high level of creativity and independence.

In Term 3 you will produce an exhibition of your final major project alongside the BA Degree Show and complete preparation for BA course entry.


Continuous assessment, advice and feedback. Assessed final major project.

You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document

Student Work

Our Degree Show web sites display a selection of work exhibited by our Foundation Diploma students at the end of year show.



Foundation graduates go on to study a wide range of BA (Hons) courses at Manchester School of Art and other institutions across the UK. Following completion of a degree programme our graduates then go to establish themselves within a wide range of professions in the art and design world. These include careers as creative consultants, artists, curators, gallery owners, textile designers, fashion designers, product and furniture designers, illustrators, retail buyers, theatre and set designers, graphic designers, art critics and journalists, photographers, film-makers, animators, stylists, interior designers and architects.

Our Alumni include:
Sarah Burton: Fashion Designer & Creative Director at Alexander McQueen, Dean Hughes: Artist & Head of Undergraduate Study at Edinburgh College of Art, Andy Soup: Film-maker, Animator & Music Video Production, Nick Sharratt: Children's Book Illustrator, David Hoyland: Director of Seventeen Gallery, Amy Thomas: Artist, Nabil El Nayal: Fashion Designer, Oliver East: Illustrator & Artist's Book publications, Bruce Bell: Construction Designer & Architect, Genevieve Bennett: Interior Textiles Designer & Colour Consultant, Mike Mercer-Brown: Graphic Designer, Paul Harfleet: Artist & Garden Designer, Zoe Hitchens: Art Director & Fashion Film Director, Charlie Lightening: Documentary Film Dircetor, Chantelle King: Tablet Designer at Vanity Fair Magazine, Nicolas Byrne, Painter, David Longshaw: Fashion Designer.

Making an Application

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required

120 from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

Specific GCSE Requirements

GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics (or acceptable alternative)

International Baccalaureate24 Points

International Students

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any section is required.

Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.

How to Apply

Applications are through the University application form and not through UCAS. The form can be downloaded via the link below.

After completing the application form, please e-mail to or post to:

Art & Design Admissions Team
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School & Student Hub
Lower Chatham Street
All Saints Campus
Manchester M15 6BH

Home/EU candidates who are applying for September 2016 entry should return their applications by 11 December 2015 to ensure an interview.

Download Foundation Diploma Application Form


If you are invited for an interview we will ask you to complete an entry project which you will need to bring along with a portfolio of your work. Further details.


Home/EU students who are under 19 years old on the 31st August in the year they start the course do not pay any fees. The fees for students aged 19 years and over for 2016 entry are not confirmed yet (for guidance, 2015 fees for students aged 19-23 were £1220; fees for students 24+ were £5420). Non-EU international students (all ages) - fees for 2016 entry are not confirmed yet (for guidance 2015 fees were £7100). A £60 studio materials fee is also payable.