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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 2023-24 (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 such as drawing, painting and print, mixed media and traditional graphics, and 3D work such as sculpture, ceramics, 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 craftspeople, 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 two-year programme, it concludes with an exhibition of your selected work.


Five GCSEs at grade 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. 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 workshops 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. 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 Level 4 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.

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

This is a really good college, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student