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Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design will enable your process of thinking and making to develop within a vibrant and diverse creative environment. Palace Studios includes two large specialist studios, comprising spaces over 160m2, designed to meet the needs of modern art, design and media students plus high windows for natural light.

“Studying art at school was so structured and prescriptive, telling you what to do and when, ticking boxes, but at Arts University Plymouth you’re encouraged to pursue what interests you and see how far you can push it. At Arts University Plymouth my study never felt like a chore, I was excited every day to come in and throw paint at things, to work in a constructive environment that made me feel like I belonged.” — Max Davies, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design graduate

It’s not just the community that will have you falling in love with Arts University Plymouth, our Palace Studios campus is just around the corner from the beautiful Barbican waterfront, a stone's throw from entertainment and leisure centre The Barcode, and only five minutes walk from our main-site, Tavistock Place.

To get you ready for joining us in September, we recommend you check out all the information about starting with us below.

Please note the university will be closed on Monday 19 September due to the State Funeral of HRH Queen Elizabeth.

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