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Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Manchester, United Kingdom
Described as one of the strongest and most distinctive foundation programmes in the country, this Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course from Manchester Metropolitan University will enable you to develop the necessary skills and portfolio to apply to a range of art and design degree courses.
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The various creative projects you will undertake will allow you to experience a range of ideas, materials, processes and technologies.

Individual diagnostic projects and tutorials will help you to distil and identify your main areas of interest and make an informed application to a degree course with the support of an experienced staff team.

At the end of the course, direct progression onto Manchester School of Art's degree programmes is available to those who meet the required academic standard.


Foundation graduates go on to study a wide range of BA (Hons) courses at Manchester School of Art and other institutions across the UK. Following completion of a degree programme our graduates then go to establish themselves within a wide range of professions in the art and design world. These include careers as creative consultants, artists, curators, gallery owners, textile designers, fashion designers, product and furniture designers, illustrators, retail buyers, theatre and set designers, graphic designers, art critics and journalists, photographers, film-makers, animators, stylists, interior designers and architects.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Studio Practice
  • Material Manipulation
  • Visual Language: Drawing
  • Artists' Research - Library Skills
  • Group Construction and Performance/Catwalk Project
  • One Day Projects
  • Workshop Inductions
  • Presentation Skills/Documentation
  • Induction Projects (Product Design and Craft, Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles/Fashion)
  • Research Skills and Methodology
  • Folio Preparation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • We will interview you as part of your application.
  • We will ask for a portfolio of your work as part of your application.
UCAS tariff points/grades required
  • 48 from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).
Specific GCSE requirements
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered
Non Tariffed Qualifications
  • Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3
International Baccalaureate points
  • 24

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Home, EU, and Channel Islands students

  • Students under 19 at 31st August: No tuition fee.
  • Students aged 19+: to be confirmed

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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