Art & Design | UAL Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Practice | Level 3

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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title UAL LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN CREATIVE PRACTICE: ART, DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION
Code FE0030-1C
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Based within the exciting and vibrant Creative Industries department, our art & design courses provide you with the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of subjects including drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics, illustration and digital skills.

  • Opportunities to gain valuable work experience with external clients
  • Highly experienced teaching team
  • Strong track record of progression to prestigious universities
  • Fantastic facilities and your own studio space

The Diploma is awarded on completion of Year 1 and the Extended Diploma on completion of Year 2.

Details

About this course

You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and processes in order to find your area of specialism. Industry based projects and work experience are a key feature of the art & design course, enabling you to to develop employability skills with the confidence to progress in the creative industries.

You will work on real projects commissioned by internal and external clients and have chance to participate in contemporary fine art competitions and exhibitions.

You will be invited to participate in the prestigious ARTiculation Prize and have the opportunity to be nominated for the annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in Brighton’s buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.

You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.

Topics include:

  • Exploring visual language and creative practice
  • Experimenting with 2D, 3D and 4D media
  • Developing skills across pathways: fine art, graphics, illustration, fashion, textiles, 3D, digital
  • Support with your progression
  • Final project and summer exhibition

Course units

Diploma - Year 1:

  • Exploring and extending visual language in art and design
  • Developing contextual research methods
  • 2D, 3D and time-based problem-solving
  • Refining technical skills
  • Critical analysis and evaluation

Extended Diploma - Year 2:

  • Developing you chosen specialist pathway
  • Independent work
  • Portfolio building
  • Final project
  • End of year exhibition

How will it be delivered?

Assessment will take the form of portfolio and sketchbook submissions at each stage. This will include practical art/design/photography work and written summary statements. Project work for assessment will take the form of sketchbooks, design sheets and planners, and include your reflections and final outcomes. 

Entry requirements

Qualifications required

To start at this level, you need at least four GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and a creative subject.

If you do not have GCSE grade 3 (C) or above in English or maths you will study for a relevant English and/or maths qualification.

Additional requirements

A portfolio of your creative work.

In your portfolio review you will be expected to demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to undertaking an art and design course at this level by presenting a portfolio of current/recent art and design work, including sketchbooks, developmental work and some final pieces. Your work needs to demonstrate your creative abilities, including your ability to draw from direct observation, handle a range of different materials, and make three dimensional work. Please also bring sketchbooks with evidence of research and annotations of different artists/designers/photographers you have looked at in connection with your current work.

Your next steps...

After this course

Further study

The majority of Year 1 Level 3 students progress on to the Year 2 Extended Diploma course, which enables students to study their chosen area of specialism in greater depth. On successful completion of the

Extended Diploma, you could progress to university degree courses (including the MET's degree courses), or start an apprenticeship or seek employment.

Future careers

  • Fashion/textile designer
  • Graphic designer or illustrator
  • Product/interior/furniture/jewellery designer
  • Architect
  • Teacher/museum curator
  • Freelance artist/craftsperson

The majority of Year 1 Level 3 students progress on to the Year 2 Extended Diploma course, which enables students to study their chosen area of specialism in greater depth. On successful completion of the

Extended Diploma, you could progress to university degree courses (including the MET's degree courses), or start an apprenticeship or seek employment.

Future careers

  • Fashion/textile designer
  • Graphic designer or illustrator
  • Product/interior/furniture/jewellery designer
  • Architect
  • Teacher/museum curator
  • Freelance artist/craftsperson