South Thames College
Level 5 FdA (Foundation Degree) Art and Design FdA
South Thames College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Foundation Degree (FdA) focuses on 'making as thinking', with studio work at the centre of study. Learners will refine their own art and design work, forming a basis for confident and self-directed practice in the creative industries. Learners will undertake a series of two and three-dimensional workshops and studio projects of varying complexity, which involve both individual and group work. To place learners' own work in a historical setting and support studio practice, there is also a varied range of lectures, seminars, trips and visits from practitioners.

Tutorials provide individual support to all learners. On successful completion of the course learners can undertake the BA (Hons) Art and Design (top-up) one year programme.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include and a range of coursework assessments such as a technical file , portfolios, presentations and your final year major project. All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

In Art, or related subjects.

In Art and Design, or related subjects.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 An overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5.
Cambridge English Advanced B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).

Please make contact with our International Team to confirm if we are able to provide a Tier 4 Visa for your study.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Art and Design - Foundation Degree (FdA), FdA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Level 5 FdA (Foundation Degree) Art and Design FdA

EU £6350 year 1
England UK £6350 year 1
Northern Ireland £6350 year 1
Scotland £6350 year 1
Wales £6350 year 1

Additional fee information

The following course-related costs ARE included in the fees: Annual printing allowance; registration fee if applicable. The following course-related costs are NOT included in the fees: Additional printing over and above the annual allowance; the cost of books, equipment and materials that you might wish to purchase.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About South Thames College

South Thames College Group (STCG) is a large education provider that mainly delivers further education level courses in the south-west side of London, England. STCG works from four main campus sites, which applicants can find in Kingston upon Thames, Wandsworth, Carshalton, and Morden.

Where is this programme taught

Kingston College
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