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BAJ Foundation Diploma in Art & Design: Level 3 Diploma

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Prepare and progress to specialist education with experimental and integrated learning.

The BAJ Foundation Diploma in Art & Design: Level 3 Diploma is an innovative and challenging general art & design course that allows students to develop skills that will support them with the move into more specialist degree level education or into professional practice.

Students will learn through a combination of project work, assignments, presentations and group critiques with a focus on material experimentation, design principals and aesthetics, 2D & 3D design model generation. The course will teach students how to communicate their ideas visually as well as reflect and evaluate their own work and that of their fellow students.

The course culminates in a final project and end of year exhibition.

Sept 2021
1 year (full-time)
Foundation Diploma


  • Aims
  • Course Details
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees
Our course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a range of careers or degree level courses. The course will enable you to:
  • Learn through discovery and exploration by engaging with projects, lectures and study visits
  • Experience a wide range of subjects before moving onto a more specialised degree level course or career
  • Be introduced to a range of methods of working to research and develop your ideas and learn how to evaluate and reflect on your progress
  • Build a portfolio and prepare you for interviews – for university or employment
Successful completion of the course can, subject to application lead to progression to our BA (Hons) in Jewellery Design and Production or a range of undergraduate courses at universities across the UK.
Sept 2021
1 year ( full-time)
Foundation Diploma
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What our students say
I am doing my Level 3 jewellery manufacturing as an apprentice technician at the BAJ. I am delighted by the content of the programme offering us solid knowledge in jewellery manufacture. It is also pleasant to collaborate with the entire BAJ team, as I have had the opportunity to work with marketing, enrolments and external companies such as The New Designers exhibitions.
Agnes Wequin


Full-time course: Monday to Thursday 10.30am – 5.00pm. You will also be required to attend occasionally on a Friday for workshop inductions and additional classes.

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is divided into three parts:

Part One
Learning Skills and Content
(40 Credits)

Through studio and workshop projects you’ll be introduced to a range of materials and methods of working. You’ll learn how to research and develop your ideas and how to evaluate and reflect on your progress.

Part 2
Development and Progression
(40 credits)

To progress to Part Two you must successfully complete Part One.

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is designed to help you build a portfolio and to prepare you for interview to enter higher education and subsequent employment. Building on skills from Part One you’ll integrate your research, ideas and methods of working to produce a body of work that allows you to analyse your interests and ambitions and to investigate directions to pursue.

Part Three
Project Proposal and Realisation
(40 credits)

To progress to Part Three you must successfully complete Part Two.

The focus of Part Three is on further development of your individuality and independence as you propose and realise your final major project integrating planning, research, ideas, methods, evaluation and reflection. Your project is displayed in the foundation exhibition – open to the public, family and friends

To be awarded a Foundation Diploma you must accumulate 120 credits in total.

To apply for the British Academy of Jewellery UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design you must have one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:
  • 1 A Level or equivalent
  • Or equivalent Level 3/EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Certificates – two at ‘Higher Level’ and one at ‘Standard Level’ – all Grade 4 or above
  • A score of 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each element of Academic IELTS (if English is not your first language)

And three GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

Offers will be made on the basis of your application and a portfolio of work and interview for selected applicants. Mature students or any non-standard applicants who have not obtained the minimum entry qualifications will be required to submit samples of work prior to being called for interview. Exceptional applicants who do not meet the above course entry requirements may still be considered based upon demonstrated related or academic work experience and the quality of the personal statement.

Selection Criteria

A portfolio of prior work that clearly demonstrates, a clear visualisation of your use of a range of materials and processes that highlight your creative thinking and problem solving abilities within art or design. Examples of work may include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, metalwork, etc.

Deadline for Application

All applications must be received by Friday 28th August 2020*

*Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis

International applicants

Please contact BAJ to discuss entry and visa requirements


British Academy of Jewellery
London Campus
Morley house, 26-30 Holborn Viaduct,
London EC1A 8AT
+44 (0)207 405 0195


Fees (2020/21 Academic Year)
UK/EU students

Under 19 years old on 31st August 2020 (2021/22) £0

19 years old and over on 31st August 2020 £6,421(full fee)

Reduced fee for students who are earning less than £20,962 ( please contact us for details)  £5,421

International  students


Please contact BAJ to discuss entry and visa requirements

Important Information

It is expected that UK/EU students aged 19 and over, who satisfy the relevant criteria, will be able to take out an Advanced Leaner Loan to cover the cost of their fees –

Students 19-23 without a full level 3 qualification or above may be eligible for full funding and therefore pay no fee – please contact us for details

EU students will be able to access student finance if their course in England starts in the 2020/21 academic year. This will be available for the duration of their course, provided they meet the residency requirements.  For details please refer to

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