Art & Design

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Art and Design - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma SF-ARDE3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
University of the Arts London (UAL)

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This study option builds on your prior experience and offers an exciting range of art and design practices including; contextual research, 2D fine art; drawing, painting and print, mixed media and traditional graphics, 3D; sculpture ceramics and metal and textiles.

A key strength of this course is its emphasis on encouraging your individual development as an artist. This will be complemented by serious preparation for further study at a higher level and the creation of a personal portfolio.

Throughout your studies you will work with experienced artists, designers and crafts people, and be encouraged to develop your creative and practical skills to a high level.

You will also follow a varied and stimulating programme of practical assignments, lectures and gallery visits. At the end of the 2 year programme it concludes with an exhibition of your selected work.


Five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including an art subject and English Language or a UAL Level 2 Diploma/First Diploma. It may be possible to
start without a GCSE in an art based subject by submission of a portfolio at interview. All students will be required to organise a portfolio of art & design work ready for their interview. We would like to see the following in a portfolio: good drawing skills from life, creative page layouts for graphics, the ability to discuss the work of artists, designers and makers, examples of 3D work where possible, sketchbooks from year 11 onwards, evidence of a visit to a museum or gallery.

This practical course is taught through specialist workshops, studio based assignments and client-led projects. During the two years, artists, designers and makers will be invited to lectures, which is considered to be a valuable experience for students interested in an art & design career.


This exciting and varied course allows you to work with a range of art media and related processes and techniques. Projects are varied and will include workshop in ceramics, painting, printing, mixed media, textiles and sculpture, with possible opportunities to work for real life clients and commissions.

Visits to galleries and working studios provide you with an additional insight into the work of artists, designers/makers and the art and artefacts of other cultures. You will work with experienced artists, designers and craft persons and will be encouraged to develop creative practical and theoretical skills to high standards. The course offers art study tours to UK and European countries. The course will culminate in an exhibition of work.

Each project brief covers units that build through the two years of the course to provide the award. The first 7 units are assessed at a Pass; then as you progress the last 6 units are assessed at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade, with a final grade awarded at the end of the course. Students progressing into Higher Education need to achieve a Merit grade or above to gain sufficient UCAS points.

On completion of the course students typically progress to HND or degree level Higher Education courses in a wide variety of related disciplines. Some students may opt for a further one year pre-degree course before entering university, or choose to go straight into employment.

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student