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Course Structure

The course is comprised of three stages over one academic year. Students investigate approaches to observation and experimentation in preparation for the development of personal ideas in Fine and Applied Arts.

The course is full-time, with five days’ teaching per week over 36 weeks. Students will have weekly life drawing sessions in the studio where they will draw from the unclothed and clothed model. The Contextual Studies component runs weekly, and students are awarded a Level 3 or 4 Diploma on graduation, depending on their requirements for progression.

Abigail Painting

Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning culture fostered by the programme has the student’s experience firmly at the centre of its pedagogical philosophy.

We believe that students need a nurturing environment in which their confidence and skill-base can flourish. The programme’s curriculum is intensively taught by experienced artists, craftspersons, designers, architects and makers.

The cohort is capped at 60 students, ensuring one-to-one tuition. Studio spaces for each student and regular weekly tutorials add to the transformative educational experience. The King’s Foundation Diploma Year is directed by Daniel McAuliffe and the teaching is delivered by a team of Senior Core Tutors with extensive teaching experience. Many of the tutors are Faculty from our sister charity the Royal Drawing School, which will continue to deliver drawing tuition and Fine Art workshops.

Teaching and Learning is conducted in three ways. The first is group teaching, whereby the tutor is assigned a group of students to deliver a set project, workshop or lecture. The second is one-to-one teaching, where students are assigned a personal tutor at the start of term 1. Personal Tutors will meet with students regularly to discuss and guide the development of their personal practice throughout the year. The third is the collective experience of peer-on-peer learning, whereby cohort members champion each other’s progression and ideas, based on a supportive and studious work ethic.

Clay Head

Progression to University, Apprenticeship or the Workplace

The course is designed to prepare students to progress on to BA degrees in creative subjects including, but not limited to, Fine Art, Applied Arts, Architecture, Design and the Crafts. Students will be prepared for the requirements, challenges and expectations of Higher Education through UCAS support, portfolio preparation, mock interviews and personal statement writing. Students will have expert advice on the most suitable Degree-level courses. Guidance is offered to those seeking to progress directly onto apprenticeships and the workplace, with particular emphasis on traditional arts and heritage skills.


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Diploma Year Prospectus

Course Structure

Scholarships and Fees

How to Apply



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