When & Where

Suitable For

  • 18 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code W21PDGC01A

What you will learn

The Art Foundation Diploma at Morley College London is an intensive programme of study in fine art, accredited by UAL London. Expand your experience, knowledge and skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital media, mixed media (textiles), and contextual studies, and build a portfolio to gain a place at University. Projects are underpinned by one-to-one tutorials, group criticism, self-directed study, gallery visits, and a contextual studies programme. Document your work using a sketchbook, and at the end of the year, showcase a self-initiated project in a group exhibition in the Boundary Gallery or online (if COVID restrictions still apply).

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • use a sketchbook for research purposes, for drawing, collecting, recording and exploring ideas
  • use different fine art media to explore and use visual language
  • research and develop work in 2D, 3D and digital media
  • develop research skills in historical, theoretical and practical contexts
  • use different ways to explore, analyse and discuss your own work and that of your peers
  • develop and consolidate ideas, and build a portfolio of work for application to Higher Education or other further study

Class format and activities

This part time course is taught on Mondays and Fridays 10:00 - 16:00 with students working independently for a minimum of one additional day a week for personal research, essay writing and developing a sketchbook and self reflective journal. In 20/21 you will be expected to attend college remotely or in person every Monday and Friday. Because of COVID 19 restrictions, contextual studies, support with ideas development and 1:1 tutorials will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams. Practical parts of the course will be held onsite at Morley with social distancing. In term 1, we are considering dividing the cohort into two groups, with students attending in person one day a week OR two days every other week to use the facilities (e.g. painting, print and sculpture workshops). Over the 3 terms, you will follow practical projects in: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography and digital media, Mixed media (textiles). Projects are underpinned by 1:1 tutorials, group crits, self-directed study, gallery visits (if restrictions allow), and a contextual studies programme. One of the strengths of the part time level 3 Art Foundation course run at Morley's Westminster site is that everyone has the opportunity to work in all of the above subject areas throughout the course and can join other art classes at Morley free or at a discount. In November, you will start preparing a personal statement and digital portfolio for application to University. There are visits from lecturers from degree courses to give advice on portfolio building and some students (who are eligible) have the opportunity to attend extra portfolio preparation classes at UAL. Over the 3 terms, you will submit work for assessment, and need to pass 3 units to gain the qualification. The final unit is to prepare work for exhibition in the Boundary Gallery in July or on an online platform if COVID 19 restrictions still apply.

Entry requirements

• You must have an enthusiasm for fine art.
• Some previous experience in drawing and fine or applied art is essential.
• You must present a portfolio of work for evaluation at your interview.
• You must also have achieved a minimum grade of C at GCSE level in English, be working at that level or have the capacity and time to work towards it. All students will be required to sit a short English assessment.
• This course is aimed at adult learners and the majority of our students are aged 19 or over. If you are 18, we recommend that you come to talk to us about the suitability of this course for you before applying. You should note that 18 year-olds must now have minimum grade Cs at GCSE in English and Maths to qualify for funding.

What you need to know before you enrol

Occasionally, visiting lecturers are scheduled in between 4 and 5pm after the Monday or Friday classes. If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 qualification you will not have to pay fees. If this does not apply to you then you will have to pay fees, but you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to fund all or part of these. Morley may also be able to assist with childcare and study related costs depending on your financial status and you may be eligible for financial help with buying course materials through the Advanced Learner or RFSA fund. For more information about financing your studies visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk/access The art foundation course is very demanding both in time and effort and your tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their fields, will offer support and guidance throughout the year with your work and with your university application. The course leader is also available to assist with problems and concerns. Please tell us if you have a disability, learning difficulty or mental health issue as we can offer you additional learning support and access to counselling from Morley's ALS Team. Applications must be made online. If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to an interview with portfolio and an assessment. For more information about the application process and to complete the online application form visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk/access.

What you need

You will need access to the internet and a computer (desktop, laptop, tablet or iPad) that allows you to view images in a good size and quality. Your device will have a (built-in) microphone so you can join in discussions, and have a camera so we can see each other in class. You will also be required to upload materials and links to share with your class and for assessment. A digital camera and/or smartphone with a camera is essential for documenting work. Most materials are provided - however there are some additional charges made at cost price for specialist print papers, etching metals, canvas and sculpture materials for the final project. If you are on a low income, you may be eligible for financial support with buying materials and equipment (such as a camera) through the advanced learner or RFSA fund.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free, or via a Student Loan