Art, Design & Communication

UAL Level 3 Diploma & Extended Diploma

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.

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

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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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 and 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. 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.

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 University of 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.

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My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

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