16-18 Year Olds


UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design Overview
This two-year course provides a varied but focussed programme giving students the skills, experience and knowledge to progress to Higher Education and a career in the Creative Industries. Students will learn in a practical and theoretical way and explore how art and design can be applied to employment and the community.
Year 1
During the first year students are introduced to a wide range of practical approaches and specialist disciplines. They are encouraged to experiment with and explore materials and techniques, to be creative in their approach and to develop ideas generation and confident visual communication skills.
After an initial ‘exploratory stage’ students will identify a specialist pathway, with guidance from tutors.
Throughout the first year, coursework is formatively assessed by the course team. The final project is externally set, assessed and graded Pass, merit or Distinction.
All students take part in the department end of year exhibition, which is open to the public.
Year 2
During the second year greater emphasis is placed upon students developing strong skills in their within their chosen specialist pathway.
Students also look towards life after college and prepare themselves for university entry, further training and employment. Visiting lecturers and speakers enrich the students’ experience and help them to make informed choices about their next step.
Work experience and live briefs are an integral part of the course and second year students have the opportunity to work with companies and the community as a whole.
Coursework is internally assessed and the Final Major Project is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
All students take part in the department end of year exhibition, which is open to the public.

Specialist Pathways
Fine Art Pathway
Fine art is all about communicating your original ideas to the world, using a wide variety of visual techniques to express your ideas. This pathway is ideal for students who want to study fine art or illustration-based courses at university, but is also ideal for those who enjoy creating work across a broad range of disciplines.
During the course you will study drawing and life drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics/glass, 2D and 3D making techniques, installation, photography and film, textiles, mixed media and contextual studies.
Students have a university style studio space to work in, so there is no limit to the scale and ambition of their projects.
In Year 1 students take part in the end of year exhibition and go on educational visits to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester or London. In term two students take part in a community project and/or external exhibition.
In Year 2 students take part in work experience and/or live briefs, attend open days and interviews, write and produce a Final Major Project, and make a significant contribution to the organisation and presentation of the end of year exhibition.
Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation.
Fashion Pathway

The fashion pathway introduces students the many possibilities within this dynamic sector. It encourages students to develop a coherent and effective working methodology, through immersion, reiteration and reinforcement, which will enable them to react positively and creatively across a diverse range of assignments and creative activities.
Students will have access to a wealth of skills and approaches that will prepare them for university and industry and enable them to become confident, creative and articulate.
You will study fashion design and illustration, experimental drawing, photography and image making, sketchbook and ideas generation techniques, 3D design development and realisation, print and construction techniques.
Fashion students take part in the end of year fashion show at an external venue, and in the college end of year show.
Students also take part in educational visits, live briefs and work experience.

Visual Communication Pathway

The Visual Communication pathway will introduce you to a range of creative and practical subjects that are designed to build up an excellent portfolio of work. Visual Communication has natural links with Graphic Design and Photography as the course progresses students may wish to specialise in one of these areas. Visual Communication also includes drawing, painting and printmaking.
During the course you will create advertising campaigns, magazine and editorial designs, websites and digital artwork and also explore Photographic processes including studio and location work and post production editing using both digital software and traditional darkroom techniques. You will have projects that involve traditional illustration, painting, drawing, photography and printmaking as well as taught sessions on software used by industry.
You will be involved in a number of ‘live’ assignments with real clients. You will be pitching to clients in meetings and adapting your outcomes based on their feedback. There will also be a number of guest speakers from industry to inspire you. Expect a lot of collaboration with other creative students in the department!

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following;

– 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Art & Design


Qualification aims

To enable the candidate to:

1. Have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work in Fashion
2. Research, analyze and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions in Fashion
3. Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production in Fashion
4. Solve complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding in Fashion
5. Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results
6. Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision making
7. Take responsibility for the research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities.
8. Effectively present themselves and their work to appropriate audiences through internal and external exhibitions of work and presentations


Pass, Merit or Distinction based on exhibition of final major project in chosen specialist area.

Awarding body

UAL (University of Arts London)


On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:

– Apply to study at Higher Education to undertake the Foundation Studies, the HND or BA Hons degree
– To pursue career opportunities within the creative industries

Additional information

Additional help and support is available should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

In Year 1 you will complete a Final Project for exhibition and go on educational visits to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester or London. In Year 2 you will go on a
practical field trip to Pembrokeshire, produce a final major project, and exhibit at the department’s End of Year Show.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

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