Foundation Art & Design at Belfast Met

About the Foundation Art & Design at Belfast Met

Are you interested in Art & Design?

This intensive one year pre- degree Foundation Diploma in Art & Design allows you to explore the many areas of art and design before choosing an area in which to specialise, making it the ideal preparation for entry onto a degree course, without the cost of year Zero University fees.

The course can be studied full-time at either Castlereagh or the Millfield City Centre Campus; we also offer a part-time provision at Millfield.

Full-Time 1 year
Castlereagh Campus – C3069 104F
Millfield City Centre Campus – C3069 101F
No fees are required for this Full Time course.

Part-Time 2 years
Millfield City Centre Campus – C3069 101P
There is a fee attached to the part time course only.

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Belfast Met is long established and nationally respected.  The course will help you generate ideas, challenge you to develop your critical thinking, encourages experimentation and helps develop your research methods.

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a nationally recognised qualification, which carries between 165 and 285 UCAS Tariff points. It is the equivalent level to a ‘Year Zero’ on a degree programme but with a number of advantages:

Belfast Met Foundation Diploma University Year Zero
Fees Free – Yes, no fees! £3575 up to £9000
Length of Course 32 Weeks (September to May) 24 Weeks
Taught Hours 600hrs staff teaching time 320hrs
Total number of students 54 170-225
Group Size 3 groups each with 18 students. 25-35
Assigned personal Tutor Assigned personal tutor who deals with individual progression of students, including UCAS application, interviews and portfolio. 25-35
Financial Support Available Support grant given which does not need to be repaid. Student loan that must be repaid.
Additional support may be applied for where appropriate
  • EMA (£30 per week for students aged 16-19)
  • Travel pass (available for students travelling 3 miles or more where no nearer course is available.
  • FE Award (Applications should be made through WELB – Find out more information here)
  • College Support Fund Bursary
Progression To Year One of degree courses at your choice of University across the UK and Ireland. Last year 99% of students gained a place onto Year One of the degree course of their choice including the University of Ulster. May be restricted to Year One of degree course at same university as Year Zero.
Qualification Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Transferrable UCAS points (from 165 to 285) to gain entry to other courses. Not a national qualification.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about our full range of courses and the wide range of possible progression routes in 2D and 3D areas.

Take the opportunity to find out more about us and what we actually do here at Belfast Met, there will be  something of interest for everyone.

All potential students are very welcome to get in touch, please email
 or Tel: 028 9026 5327 (Millfield) or 028 9026 5022 (Castlereagh)