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IGCSE or Level 2 PLUS Foundation Diploma


Can you see your talented son or daughter in a creative career?

Save £1000's in fees (No requirement for A Level saves £2000 in fees and 2 years of study - Progress Directly To Foundation Diploma & University)




In year one IGCSE (starting at any time) FastTrack students will gain confidence in drawing, painting and sculpture. They will also make connections between their own work and the work of other artists and designers. Later students will use their new skills, knowledge and understanding to express themselves in a themed project in preparation for the exam later in the year.


In year two / three Foundation Diploma (starting at any time) OCAD FastTrack students will be encouraged to explore materials, approaches and techniques in the exploratory stage, develop an area of interest in the pathway stage and finally specialise in the confirmatory stage.The FastTrack course culminates in a final major project and exhibition of artwork. Students will have produced a superior quality specialist portfolio in preparation for university or creative employment.

Although it is possible to achieve Fasttrack in two academic years many students will require longer and this is not a problem.



Course Overview

  • Entry Requirements: 14 years or over, Talented Students Only. Mature students require no exam qualifications, some ability to draw and paint and a desire to succeed are required. Send example of your work if unsure of level.
  • Part-time programmes: available all year around - enroling now
  • Full-time programmes: start December to January and September to October. Exceptions may apply.
  • Requirements: broadband connection / basic art materials
  • Progression: to any University / BA Honours Degree
  • Accreditation: ABC Awards
  • Ofqual Regulated: Yes (Ofqual number 500/8476/8)
  • UCAS Tarif: up to 285 points - equivalent to two A Levels at A* grade
  • UCAS application supported: Yes
  • Portfoilo support: Yes
  • Tuition: Face to face, one to one - unlimited

How It Works

Students receive access to their own online studio where they can work through their course. Units and assignments are listed along with supporting resources, video tutorials for skills development, step by step guides etc. Photographs of students' completed work are uploaded to their college e portfolio for assessment and constructive, friendly written feedback on how to progress. Additionally students are invited to discuss with an experienced and qualified personal tutor their progress and receive face to face verbal feedback, encouragement and support. Students may also benefit from relationships with their fellow online students as they can view profiles and comment on each others' art work if they wish.



Formative as courses progress and summative at the end of units and the course. Your Final Major Project will be assessed externally by the exam board and this will decide your final grade. You will be kept informed every step of the way on how to improve your work.


Structure Of The Course

IGCSE over one year (possibly two) See here for IGCSE course structure.


Foundation Diploma over one or two years.

The course comprises three distinct stages; Exploratory stage, Pathway stage and finally Confirmatory stage. Each stage is 12 to 24 weeks in duration depending on whether you study full-time or part-time. These can be extended if required.


The Exploratory stage is the first stage of the course and as the title suggests it gives you the opportunity to understand at a deeper level what art and design is and to experience working in a number of disciplines. Within each discipline you will use a range of materials and processes and learn the value of drawing and photography as a starting point.


You are offered 5 projects from which you study 4.


  1. Photography (mandatory)


  1. Fine Art


  1. Graphic Design and Illustration


  1. 3D (Architecture, 3d Design, Sculpture)


  1. Fashion and Textiles


The Pathway stage is where you choose which pathway / discipline you wish to explore further and at a greater depth. Your tutors will review with you your work from the exploratory phase and this will inform your decision. The final decision is of course yours.


The Confirmatory stage is the final stage of the foundation diploma and the only stage that will decide your final grade. You will be asked to write a statement of intent with the support of your tutor. This document will outline your chosen final major project.Your final major project is practical and can be in any form you choose; show reel, a dress, a series of photographs, a painting, an animation, a design for an interior, architectural design, a video game etc.



Fee = £3299.99 GBP- $4378 USD. Fees can be paid by monthly (P/T: £164.99 GBP / $218.99 USD x 20 payments OR F/T: £299.99 GBP / $437.99 USD x 10 interest free payments or paid in full by credit / debit card, cheque, bank transfer. Concessions are available for recipients of state benefits.


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