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Art and Design Level 3 - Extended Diploma

Level 3
Llwyn y Bryn
Two years
Telephone: 01792 284021 (Llwyn y Bryn)


This two year University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design course is a great way to explore creative practises and build your portfolio that can be used to apply for further study or a job in the arts sector.

You will study a range of Art and Design techniques, develop skills in drawing using sketchbooks and to gain a better understanding of the creative process. You will be encouraged to focus on a specialised subject such as drawing, painting, sculpture, 2D or 3D design.  

This course will finish with your final major project which can be displayed at our end-of-year show.  

This course prepares students for a future in the creative industries offering a range of practical disciplines within art and design including fashion, photography, graphic design, fine art and 3D crafts.

You will be challenged with a variety of exciting briefs which will encourage you to explore your creativity and develop your confidence in communicating ideas.

Course outcomes:

  • Develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art design or related subjects of study or work
  • Learn how to research analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions
  • Be able to understand adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production
  • Solve complex problems through the application of art design or related practical theoretical and technical understanding
  • Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods actions and results
  • Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for your own learning development and decision making
  • Take responsibility for the research planning time management and actions to access progression opportunities
  • Effectively present your ideas and artwork to appropriate audiences
  • Final Major Project.

Key information

  • A minimum of five GCSEs grades A-C, including Art and Design
  • Equivalent qualifications accepted, including a Merit at Level 2 Art and Design
  • Subject to interview and portfolio of work. 

A team of specialist staff deliver units as themed assignments throughout the year. Practical demonstrations take place, along with discussions, group work, individual work, presentations and exhibitions.

The work is assessed against a range of criteria which looks at diversity of research, development of ideas, exploration of media and techniques, analysis and evaluation of outcomes, final outcome in both 2D and 3D forms.

Continual assessment from the team occurs throughout the year, during and after every assignment, with verbal and written feedback provided.

Students will spend approximately eighteen hours a week on the course. 

Students are able to progress onto a number of higher education courses such as degree, foundation diploma or HND.

Successful students have gone on to various degree courses throughout the UK, and to also win a number of prestigious art and design competitions. 

Various trips to galleries, museums and events will take place throughout the course. Where possible the College will subsidise the cost of these trips, but students will also be required to contribute.

Equipment: Studio fees (£75 per year) cover the following - small introductory art pack provided at the start of the course, specialist pack when student selects their pathway, upkeep of specialist equipment and contributes towards essential art and design resources. Students are expected to purchase their own sketchbooks and any additional equipment required for their studies.

Printing costs: Students can buy printing credits for PCs and MACs as and when needed during the year. 

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