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Level 3 Foundation Diploma Art, Design & Media Ofqual. 500/8476/8

112 UCAS Points - Gets You To Uni - Study Fashion From Home In Your Our Own Time

Online College of Art and Design


£3,999 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
9 months
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Level 3 Diploma
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price, and must be purchased separately
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This course is the standard course for entry to university to study BA Honours Degree & creative career.


Level 3 Diploma

Regulated by Ofqual

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Course Overview

This course will lead to the creation of a specialist Fashion portfolio designed to allow students to progress to a Fashion BA Degree. You will be supported through 8 units in 3 key stages; Exploratory stage, Pathway stage and Confirmatory stage. Int Exploratory stage you will develop a range of practical skills using a variety of media. These will be explored through themed projects. In addition to Fashion your visual language education will be underpinned through a brief exploration of Painting, Textiles, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Digital art practice. You will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in historical and contemporary art practice. In the Pathway and Confirmatory stage you will specialise in Fashion.

Your lead tutor will also help you through the UCAS reference and application for university if required.

How It Works

Students receive access to our online college site where they can access and work through their course. Lessons / tasks are listed along with supporting resources, videos for skills development, step by step tutorials etc. Photographs of students' completed work are uploaded to their college e portfolio for marking and written feedback on how to progress. Additionally students are invited to discuss with an experienced and qualified personal tutor their progress and receive verbal feedback, encouragement and support. Students may also benefit from relationships with their fellow online students as they can view profiles and comment on each others' art work if they wish.

Unlimited one to one tuition (face to face optional) from expert tutors


Formative as courses progress and summative at the end of units and the course. You will be kept informed every step of the way on how to improve your work. Pathway and Confirmatory Phases are externally assessed by the exam board online.

Who is this course for?

Students of all ability from beginner to advanced. Students who wish to access University to study BA Honours Degree or enter creative career.

NOTE: You may not know which pathway (Graphic Design, Textiles, Fine Art etc. ) you wish to study yet and this is normal for lots of creative people. The first stage of the course (Exploratory Stage) is designed to help students decide which pathway they want to pursue.

The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Ofqual. 500/8476/8 is the same qualification regardless of which pathway you eventually study. If you enquire about this course or any other pathway on this portal, you will receive exactly the same information so please only send one enquiry to the Online College of Art and Design, thank you.


Must be 16 years or over. All students 18 years or over will be accepted on to the course.

Computer literate - able to use internet, MS Word

Computer with broadband internet

15 hours a week full time (9 months), 7.5 hours a week part - time (18 months)

Career path

Foundation Diploma -> University -> Qualified Fashion Designer

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.