Art, Design & Communication

UAL Level 3 Diploma & Extended Diploma

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Art and Design - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma AF-ARDE3E-D(0000)001

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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This highly practical course is ideal for direct progression into Higher Education or creative careers. Assignments cover a range of Art and Design pathways such as Graphic Design, Fine Art, Fashion & Textiles, 3D Design, Illustration, Animation and Photography. Year 2 gives the opportunity to specialise in a particular field and will give you the opportunity to visit a major cultural venue abroad to help enrich your creative skills. You’ll complement your work with research and visits to London galleries. The course is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors and develops creative skills through sustained project work. Teaching is largely one-to-one guidance with group discussion and reflection.

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

To study this course, you should have achieved at least a grade 5 in a technical or creative subject and will need to show evidence of your creative work or portfolio at interview.

At HSDC Alton on the UAL Extended Diploma Art and Design course, you will study:

  • A range of projects that explore different aspects of Art and Design such as Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textiles, Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, 3D and Animation.
  • How to use a range of Art and Design materials and approaches effectively such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, photography, graphic layout, drawing, garment making and illustration.
  • A specialist creative pathway in Year 2 that allows you to explore your chosen way of working in depth.
  • The course concludes with a Final Major Project in which you choose and investigate a creative topic that fits in with your skills and progression ambitions.

The UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to a refined level of working within degree-level study in Art & Design, or into employment or apprenticeship.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and which provides a supportive transition from Further to Higher Education.

The full time course is highly practical and lesson activities include time to develop your project work with guidance from tutors, alongside workshop sessions where new skills are delivered, along with critical discussion of students’ and artists’ work.  On the course, teachers give comprehensive support and guidance with creating student portfolios and statements for application to Higher Education.

This course has an excellent reputation with universities and many strong links have been formed with HSDC Alton, one of these including our Thrive partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

100% coursework.

Printing and Art Materials approx. £40 a term.
Optional trips from £15 each.

Extended Diploma Art and Design works well for advancing to Art and Design courses in Higher Education and seeking creative employment or apprenticeships. Typically, students go on to study subject areas such as illustration, fine art, graphic design, fashion design, textiles 3D design, photography, textile design and animation.

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student