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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Media)

Our BA (Hons) film production and photography courses have a great reputation and this foundation diploma is the perfect place to start.

Course information

Our Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies Programme is delighted to have achieved the ‘Outstanding’ rating in its 2018 Ofsted inspection – in all four areas. You can read more here and see the full report here.

Course Info

Course duration: 1 year full time

Fees: Take a look at the fees page for more information about fees and funding for this course.

Contact admissions: +44 1202 363228

What you'll study

This one year course will help you develop your imagination and powers of invention by setting you projects in a variety of different media.

It’s the perfect way to find your creative voice if you’re not sure what degree course you’d like to study or boost your existing skills and portfolio if they’re not quite up to degree standard. What’s more, if you successfully complete the Foundation Diploma with us, you’re guaranteed a place on a degree course at AUB.*

Students on the Media Programme engage in “Lens Based” projects and will normally progress to the Film or Photography Pathways for the final two stages of the course.

Awarding Body: University of the Arts London Awarding Body

The first stage of your Foundation course is about exploring broad concepts and assignments, which will help you to learn more about Photography and Film.

We encourage you to challenge yourself and take risks as you discover your creative voice. The second stage of the course becomes more specialist, to give you an idea of what it’s like to study on a specialist arts programme.

Assessment is based on presentation of project work and takes place on completion of each stage of the course. Assessments are used to provide guidance on your progress and potential. The final major project is graded as pass, merit or distinction.

*During your first term with us, you will be able to discuss with your tutor the most appropriate degree for you – one that matches your interests but also your skills. When it comes to making your UCAS application (in December or early January), we guarantee to offer you a place on a course agreed by your tutor. Your offer will be conditional on you successfully passing the Foundation course.

Diagnostic investigation into creative practice


  • Using a digital camera
  • File management
  • Photoshop/Bridge
  • Lighting techniques
  • Photography and cinema
  • Project development
  • Presentation/critique

Film & Video

  • Storyboarding
  • Video camera use
  • Sound
  • Editing with Premiere
  • Presentation/critique
  • Group work

Developing specialist practice


  • Critical theory
  • Advanced Photoshop
  • Studio photography
  • Location lighting
  • Medium format camera use
  • Documentary workshops
  • Book design

Film and Animation

  • Storyboarding
  • Sound and editing workshops
  • Premiere/After Effects
  • Green screen workshop
  • Working with actors
  • Script development
  • Life drawing/drawing for animation
  • Group work
  • Experimental and documentary work

Consolidating practice

See what our students are doing

Looking for inspiration? Take a look at some of the work that our Foundation students are creating in the gallery below.

The foundation diploma sets out to help students diagnose a preferred area of practice, to develop core learning skills and to extend their understanding of the creative process, whilst developing a sense of greater autonomy in preparation for undergraduate degrees or employment.

Matt Theodore, Course Leader

Staff on the course

The lecturers and technicians that teach on this course are experts in their fields. You can find out more about the staff who teach on the Foundation courses below.

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Matt Theodore

Course Leader Foundation Diploma (Media) – Preparation for HE...

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Lauren Forster

Lauren Forster joined the AUB as a Visiting Lecturer in 2008 before becoming a Lecturer in Photography in 2015. Lauren Forster is a...

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Lindsay Moore

Technician Demonstrator – Preparation for HE...

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Jason Bascombe

Technician Demonstrator...

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Rob Amey

Visiting Lecturer...

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Lucy Turner

Lucy Turner is an artist and video editor based in Bournemouth...