Foundation Diploma Art & Design

An intensive one-year course which will help you discover your creative potential.

Foundation Diploma Art & Design at Truro and Penwith College

What is a Foundation Course?

An intensive one year course that allows you to discover your creative potential by experiencing a wide range of art and design disciplines and that helps you to identify the creative path you wish to follow.

It is the established route to an Art and Design Degree programme from A Level, Extended Diploma and AVCE Art & Design courses, preparing you for the demands of specialist programmes in Higher Education.

What will it enable me to do?

Make an informed application to a specialist art or design degree course.

Foundation Diploma Artwork
Foundation diploma artwork

What will I do?

Explore the visual world through drawing, 3D and image making while experimenting with a variety of media. 

Study art & design, discuss contemporary visual practice and investigate popular culture.

Plan and make creative designs, models, photographs, drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures. 

Participate in technical workshops, projects and regular life drawing classes. 

Use study trips to galleries and artist's studios to inform individual creative practice and broaden awareness of art and design approaches.

Tregye House, part of Truro and Penwith college
Purpose built facilities
  • High staff/student ratio ensuring maximum support
  • Wide range of facilities and specialist staff
  • Excellent progression routes to a wide range of creative courses
  • Lecturers are practicing artists and designers
  • Excellent purpose built facilities, set in an inspiring country estate location
  • Level 3 course that has been assigned Showcase Centre Status by ABC Awarding Body 2015 - 2018

Tregye Campus

Built as a country estate in 1809, Tregye was bought by Truro College in September 1999. The country house is set in its own grounds with mature gardens and exotic trees, including the famous ginkgo tree, which lends its name to the art building. The grounds provide extensive views of the countryside reaching down to the Fal estuary.

Tregye is within a short traveling distance of Loe Beach, six miles from Mylor Yachting Harbour and seven miles from the Truro campus. The site is four miles from Truro City Centre, and there is a local bus service running regularly to and from Truro. The closest bus stop to Tregye is approximately half a mile away in the village of Carnon Downs. Car parking is available on site.

In the studio at Tregye

How can I join the course?

Normally you will be 18 years old and have achieved at least one of the following:

- A two-year A Level programme + 5 GCSEs at A to C (Level 4 - 9)

- Extended Diploma in Fine Art or a named Design Pathway

- AVCE Double Award in Art & Design

Applicants over 21 may have the requirements of formal qualifications waived. All applicants will attend an interview with a portfolio of work. 

If you are aged 19 or over when you start the course in September then you will be expected to pay the appropriate course fee. You will need to take our an Advanced Learner Loan or pay the entire cost yourself. 

How to Apply

Download the application form and return it to: Truro College, College Road, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3XX.

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(Your information will be used only to contact you regarding your course and not for marketing purposes. We will not share your details with any third parties unless legally required to do so for funding purposes.)

You will be called for an interview, where you will be expected to bring evidence of your interest in art and design and visual ability that could include: drawings, paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, textiles and any three dimensional work. We will be particularly interested in working drawings and designs, which indicate the way you work through ideas.

Further information may be obtained from the Art & Design Curriculum Secretary on 01872 267030.

From the course

Stage One

The Exploratory projects will develop your creative thinking. Technical workshops introduce techniques, materials, and processes within art and design. 

A lecture programme will expand your knowledge of historical and contemporary theory and will include the investigation of culture as well as the working practices of visiting artists and designers. 

The first stage is designed to help you identify your areas of interest with demanding visual projects, constructing and deconstructing images, communication through imaged and text and working three-dimensionally.

Stage Two

The Pathway stage will develop your skills within a specialist area of art and design. This could be within fine art, graphic design and illustration, textural surfaces, photography, moving image or 3D. Specialist lecturers will take responsibility for each of these study areas, focusing on the distinct aesthetic issues and underpinning knowledge that affects the discipline. 

You will take responsibility and initiate your own projects, equipping yourself with a portfolio that demonstrates your potential as a specialist art and design undergraduate. during this stage there will be a study trip to a European capital to research work in museums and galleries and the professional practice of art and design.

Stage Three

The Confirmatory stage requires that you write a proposal for a final major project in your chosen specialism. This provides you the opportunity to bring together all your research, creative and practical skills in one project, which will reflect your personal ambition. This final stage will be an externally examined exhibition.