Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Application Deadline and Interview Dates

  • Please be aware there is a cut-off point for applications once we receive 100 applications a waiting list will be started. 

Open Events

The Art Foundation studio holds open events on the same days as the first two New College Pontefract open events – these are Saturday 14 October 2023 – 9am-1pm and Tuesday 14 November 2023 – 4:30pm-7:30pm. This is a great opportunity for you, as Year 13 students, and your parents/guardians to come and visit the Foundation space and speak to current students about their work. Tutors will be available to discuss the aims of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and how to apply. Refreshments will be available. (Come and have a cuppa and a chat)


As part of this course you will explore a wide range of media, materials and ideas before deciding a specialism. This exploratory phase will develop your drawing skills, creativity and visual thinking.

After you have worked through the exploratory phase of the course you will pick one of four specialisms to work within. You will produce work designed to show your skills in this area and build a portfolio for interviews.

  • Fine art: painting, drawing, 3D, sculpture photography, print, video installation
  • Visual communication: graphic design, illustration, photography animation, printing
  • Textiles: fashion, surface pattern, costume design, embroidery
  • 3D: sculpture, interior design, furniture, architecture

The course will conclude with a final major project and exhibition of your work. The course will also provide you with a level 3 qualification.

We have now moved to our brand new studio space in Normanton. New Collaborative Learning Trust, Pontefract Road, Normanton Industrial Estate, Normanton, WF6 1RN.



Entry Requirements

To succeed on a Foundation Diploma you will have had to have coped well at A-level or level 3 BTEC in a visual arts subject.

You must have five GCSE passes at grades A* – C (including English or Maths). If you have not studied a visual arts subject at level 3 then we will ask you to present a portfolio of work at interview.

Current New College Students

The above course can only be accessed if a students behaviour, attendance and staff reports are satisfactory. Ultimately the decision to allow a student to progress to the foundation diploma will be at Vice Principal’s discretion.

What are the advantages of studying at New College

  • Enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable staff
  • Individual student work spaces
  • Fantastic art facilities
  • Apple Mac computers with industry standard software
  • Supportive and exciting college environment
  • Access to photographic darkrooms
  • Individual one to one support
  • A fantastic careers team to help you progress to university or into a job


Here’s a helpful link to take a look at what careers a Foundation Art diploma can offer:

Student Case Study

Click on the image below to read about one of our student’s success stories:

What our


The Art Foundation course has tripled my confidence as an artist and given me the ability to believe that I can do whatever is thrown at me. I now 110% back myself and my ability, all thanks to this past year.

Skyla West, Art Foundation Student


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