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:
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.
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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The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level 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