Foundation Diploma Art & Design Graduate Show 'Rewritten' 2018




UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Here you will find all the information you need before you join us for your registration day on Friday 31 August. This includes a break down of what will be happening in your induction week, materials you might need to bring, any any trips that are planned and social media links to get you connected. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with course team or the admissions team ( who will be able to help you further. 



Summer 2018


Welcome to Plymouth College of Art, and a very special welcome to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We have an exciting year ahead! Did you miss our Induction day in July? You can find out the info you missed here!


Your registration date is Friday 31 September. On this day you officially become part of Plymouth College of Art! Please refer to your individual Summer letter for exact times.

The registration process will take approximately half a day and you will register, undertake initial assessments and have a briefing from your Subject Leader.

Your qualifications

We need to see your results before registration, so please attend our A Levels drop in day on Thursday 16 August or Friday 17 August between 10.00 am - 3.00 pm and bring in your results.If you cannot come in then please email with a scan or photocopy of your results and we will call you back.  If you do not get the results expected we will talk to you about your options.


In the first few weeks you will be participating in enrolment, inductions, acclimatising & familiarisation sessions including IT induction, experimental drawing, contemporary craft, photography, laser cutting and much more! On your first day on Tuesday 4 September (timetable week 6), please arrive for a prompt 8.45 am start at our Tavistock Place campus.There is a list of things to bring with you at the end of this letter.


You will be timetabled onTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am - 3.30pm with a lunch break from 12.30pm/1.30pm

When you are not in college, the other days of the week are considered as self-directed study times and should be viewed as an opportunity to continue to develop your work independently - this time is crucial for you to progress quickly.           


We have lots of trips on offer this year and you are invited to participate in all of them! Please make sure you look at the trips menu on the top right hand corner of the site for more information. You can pay deposits from the first day but you can register your interest now through the trips menu. 

Summer Project

Please complete your summer project (continue scrolling) between now and the start of your course and bring all your work with you on Tuesday 4 September for a group critique session. It is an essential part of the course and your first project so it is very important that you complete it and bring it with you in your first week!


What you will need on your first day:

  • One new sketchbook (A5/A4/A3) and one new smaller sketchbook to use as a reflective journal (A5 or A6)

  • Bring something to write on and with.

  • Visual recording device – such as a camera or quality smartphone camera

  • A flexible and open mind :-)

  • £5 to put on your student card for photocopying

There is no ‘cover all’ set of materials that would be needed for everyone, but to complete experimental work (projects and tasks that are yet to be revealed!) digital work, sketchbook work and life drawing - which all students take part in, you may need these things.

Suggested basic materials list

  • USB Memory Stick 8 -16Gb is a decent enough size, ideally 16 and up.  Kingston or Sandisk are reliable brands

  • A4 sketchbook

  • Range of graphite pencils - HB through to 8B

  • Eraser and Pencil Sharpener

  • Small cutting mat – A3 or A4 is very useful but not compulsory

  • 30cm metal ruler

  • Good quality craft knife or Stanley knife

  • Some of you may want a metal handled scalpel (not a barrel handle scalpel) for more detailed/delicate cutting – Including extra blades

  • Good quality scissors

  • Range of black fineliner drawing pens – for drawing and writing in sketchbooks

  • 2 x Rolls of masking tape

  • Pritt Stick

  • Portfolio - A2 maximum with at least 20 plastic sleeves and 30 A2 pieces of cartridge paper, white.

At a later stage of your course you will want to gather together other materials and equipment appropriate to your creative practice, please keep this in mind. We do supply basic materials but for your personal projects it is up to you to supply what you need. 

If you already have materials and equipment that may be useful to you (paints, brushes, palettes, charcoal, pastels, range of paintbrushes, cameras, hard drives etc.) then please do bring these with you when needed.

Please label all of your personal items with your full name!

We can't wait to see you at the beginning of term when we will begin what will be a thrilling one year experience. Until then have an amazing summer and should you have any questions, please contact or call on 01752 203400.  

Don't forget to follow us on our instagram @foundationartdesign for updates as we go along!

Maddy Blyth

Course Leader

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design





You can find a copy of our summer project here




Foundation Course Leader, Curriculum Manager - Art
Maddy Blyth

Foundation Lecturer
Matt Skelly

Foundation Lecturer
Tim Sullivan

Foundation Lecturer
Neil Rose

Foundation Lecturer
Jack Bishop

Admissions team

Student Finance

For general enquires please contact the college on 01752 203434 or via our main website: