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Concept Art

Foundation Degree

Study Concept Art at University Centre Leeds

Let your imagination run wild with our Concept Art Foundation Degree (FD). If you have a flair for creating characters, creatures, and environments, this programme will take your career to the next level. Learn to visualise the ideas that modelers, animators, and VFX teams will bring to life in computer games, films, comics and animation.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Venue: Quarry Hill Campus
  • Fee: £8,745 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): W211
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: Luminate Education Group
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Concept Art

Our creative programme will allow you to develop technical skills, refine your artistic ability, and bring your visions to life. You’ll learn specialist skills ranging from digital art techniques to traditional drawing. This programme supports your personal development from student to artist. Working across multiple disciplines, you will gain a unique insight into the industry that will allow you to understand how roles work together to create final products.

Our exciting industry links will prepare you for the working world by exposing you to insight from guest lecturers and local practitioners. Based at Quarry Hill Campus, you’ll use specialist art studios and technical suites to unlock your visual ideas and craft your concepts.

This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

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How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link: 

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include

Year 1  (Level 4)

  • Character Design (20 credits)
  • Approaches to Conceptualisation (20 credits)
  • Narrative and World Building (20 credits)
  • Concept Art in Context (20 credits)
  • Commercial Practice (20 credits)
  • The Creative Professional (20 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Live Brief (40 credits)
  • Collaboration (20 credits)
  • Self-Directed Project (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Concept Art (20 credits)
  • Industry Event (20 credits)

This programme will develop your drawing, illustration and conceptualising skills through training in a range of disciplines such as drawing and digital art techniques, and learning how to apply this to a number of creative industries such as computer games, film, animation and comics. FD Concept Art will equip you with the professional, enterprising, and entrepreneurial skills to help you succeed in a competitive industry.

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Create practical work
  • Develop your creative practice
  • Refine your drawing skills
  • Gain opportunities for industry networking and develop your entrepreneurial skills
  • Develop a professional network and industry links
  • Understand creative marketing and promotion
  • Develop critical thinking in a concept art context
  • Build on your creative and technical skills to an industry standard
  • Be mentored by industry professionals
  • Work collaboratively on ideas and creative projects
  • Gain experience working on live briefs and work-based projects

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including practical tasks, portfolios, essays, case studies and presentations.


UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), one of which must be in a relevant subject

A Levels: 2xD grades, one of which must be in a relevant subject.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject.

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject.

GCSE English: English Language grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature applicants who may not have met the academic criteria but can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

Interviews / Audition: A successful interview and portfolio review are required.


This programme could lead to further study, such as the BA (Hons) Concept Art (top-up) at University Centre Leeds (subject to validation) or other institutions.

The programme will also equip you with the creative, enterprising and entrepreneurial skills required to enter the industry.

Job opportunities include:

  • Concept artist
  • Illustrator
  • Penciller
  • Inker
  • Digital artist
  • 2D artist
  • 3D artist
  • Animator
  • Storyboarder

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the Leeds City College regulations please click here.

There are additional costs associated with certain elements of this programme, which may include: optional trips and visits, specialist equipment, and tickets. These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of your projects.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and portfolio review.



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