Make the most of these extraordinary times and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. A short online course is a significant first step to improving your skills and achieving your career goals.
Based within the exciting and vibrant creative industries department alongside our creative industries degrees, this course is ideally placed to allow you to explore a variety of specialist areas, including fine art, graphics, illustration, photography, 3D, fashion, and textiles. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to degree-level study or a career in the creative industries.
- Specialist facilities, studios, and workshops
- Industry expert teachers
- Find your passion and prepare for university
- Collaborate with other creative courses on-site
To join this course you need at least one A-Level at grade C or higher (or equivalent Level 3 qualification) in a creative subject. Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 (A-C) to include English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work. Entry to the course includes a 1-1 in-person interview. This will be with one of the Tutors, Curriculum Manager, or Head of Creative Industries. During the interview, you will be able to discuss and present your portfolio of work and ask questions. This will be an opportunity for us to talk to you about your work and interests.
This course is the preferred progression route to higher education art and design specialised study and the majority of students use this course as a stepping stone into higher education.
We have an excellent track record of placing students at prestigious universities and art colleges throughout the UK.
Degrees level courses at Northbrook College include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Digital Design, Fashion, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.
The Foundation Diploma is a contemporary, innovative and challenging course that allows you to explore a wide range of disciplines including:
- Fine art, fashion and textiles
- Photography and film
- Animation and sound
- Graphic art and design
- Illustration and 3D crafts
Employment in the art and design industry normally requires applicants to have studied at degree level.
- Fashion, textiles, jewellery and accessory design
- Graphic design
- Product design
- Interior design
- Concept art
- Art education
- Furniture design
- Exhibition and museum curatorship
- Theatre design
- Set design
- Prop making
- SFX design
You will be assessed throughout your course via practical activity observations and academic coursework. Assessments are based around ‘real-life’ projects and industry or workplace scenarios. Your final grade will be awarded as pass, merit or distinction.
*FREE* Online short courses
The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.
How to apply
Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.
HOW THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORKS
Set Up Your Account
You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.
Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.
Application Review Meeting
Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.
Accept Your Place
Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.
Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.