Art, Design & Communication UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Getting Ahead

Art, Design & Communication UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at Alton Campus

Our course will allow you to express your creativity by generating ideas in a range of visual ways to inspire your imagination, extend your abilities and transform your skill level in the most exciting ways. You will work on new and challenging projects to achieve things you didn’t think possible!

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Did you know? UK’s Creative Industries contribute almost £13 million to the UK economy every hour! Be a part of it!

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Work with eight found photographs of family, friends or yourself.

Produce as many sustained manipulations using photographs in some way. You can draw from them, work on top of them, paint, produce digital images, 3D, textile or mixed media pieces on this theme. You can make physical pieces or work on your phone or computer to produce digital pieces – the choice is yours. Do anything to interpret the theme of ‘Altered Images’.


Manipulate – scratch into, sew into, splice up and put back together, draw from, scan in and manipulate digitally. Rework the surfaces, cut and tear – sanding, painting or drawing into them. Overlay other images, use whatever papers you have at home. Find imaginative ways of joining and attaching sections or whole photographs together – stapling, stitching, splicing, weaving, using wire, silver thread, etc.

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Find one artist to inspire you for this summer task.

Write 500 words or more on their ideas, techniques and processes. Give your opinion on what inspires and motivates you about this work. Type it up and find images from the internet to illustrate your analysis.

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Find your own!

Produce at least three ‘mood boards’ before you begin to help gain some ideas and possibilities.

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Presentation: Put your three mood boards, artist research and however many pieces you manage to do into an actual sketchbook or a virtual sketchbook to show your work off and explore the theme in the most individual way possible. This can be an ongoing project for you in the holidays, you can dip in and out of it and do as much as you wish. Fill your sketchbook if possible; some images can be very spontaneous, some can be more detailed and sustained.

We will have a look at this work when you start College and begin your exciting journey on the Extended Diploma in Art and Design course.

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student