Art Foundation Diploma

Art Foundation is a fast-paced, pre-degree course that encourages you to develop your curiosity and artistic ability in a specialism of your choice.

You will learn a broad range of skills before tailoring the course to your specific interests and career aspirations, enabling you to build an impressive portfolio of work that is well suited to a specialist undergraduate degree course of your choice.

The first stage of the course is diagnostic in the sense that it exposes you to a wide range of artistic disciplines. The second stage allows you to refine your developmental work in a slightly smaller field of expertise based on your strengths from stage one. The final stage will see you write and complete a final major project.

Fees and funding

This course is FREE if you are aged 18 and under on 31 August in the year that your study starts.

Applicants aged 19 and over on 31 August in the year of entry will be charged a tuition fee of £5,000 for the year.

How to apply

To make an application please download the Application Form and follow the Guidance Notes when filling this in. A completed application form, personal statement and reference documents should be sent to our admissions team:


Internal and external candidates

MV16 welcomes applications from external students and would require individuals applying from other centres to present a portfolio of work upon request (please see guidance notes below). Internal candidates do not need to provide a portfolio and subject to achieving appropriate grades, internal applicants will be given priority when allocating places on the Art Foundation course.

Portfolio guidance

All external Foundation Art applicants who meet our entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio for assessment. You will also need to bring along your GCSE certificates for verification.

Your portfolio should include an assortment of your best work and may include examples of the following:

Where can it lead?

The Art Foundation Diploma at MV16 will lead you to a number of university courses including (but not limited to) Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Surface Pattern Design, Fashion Design, Textiles Design, Costume Design, Decorative Artefacts, Product Design, Jewellery, 3D and Photography. In addition to extending your creative skillset, you will have the opportunity to visit galleries/exhibitions and also take part in a residential study visit. At the end of the year, your work will be displayed at our annual end of year Art exhibition.