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

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0321-1C
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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 areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics and illustration.

  • Northbrook MET is renowned for its creative industries courses
  • State-of-the-art studios and workshops
  • Facilities for a wide range of art and design disciplines
  • Industry-experienced teachers
  • The creative economy employed 3.12 million people in the UK in 2017—1 in 11 of all UK jobs

This course can be studied over two years; the UAL Diploma is completed in the first year and the UAL Extended Diploma in the second year.

In the second year, you will be able to specialise in areas of interest and develop a specific style often working with a preferred medium.


About this course

You will have the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics and illustration. With projects across all these different areas, you will discover your strengths and define your future path. If you are looking for a career in the creative industries but are unsure what area that will be, these are the courses for you. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to a career in the creative industries with the energy and confidence to thrive.

Topics include

  • Drawing and painting
  • 3D, ceramics and sculpture
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Graphic design and illustration

Course units

  • Analytical drawing and transferable skills
  • Cultural and historical lectures
  • Studio practice
  • Introduction to visual language
  • Research skills in art and design
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • 2D problem solving
  • 3D problem solving
  • Time-based problem solving
  • Opportunities for progression in art and design

In year 2 of this Level 3 course, you will choose a specialist area to study (fine art/graphics/3D design/textiles/digital art/printmaking).

How will it be delivered?

The course is divided into three stages of which students are required to pass stage one and stage two. Stage three is graded at either pass, merit or distinction grades.

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.

Entry requirements

To start at this level you need at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths, or a Level 2 qualification. You will also need a portfolio of your creative work.

A portfolio review with the course leader is required.

Your portfolio of work must demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You are required to bring sketch books, evidence of research and observational drawings, examples of developmental work as well as some final pieces. We are also interested in looking at work you have completed in your own time. There are a number of parental consultation evenings scheduled throughout the year which provide parents with the opportunity to gain feedback on your progress made at college.

If you do not have the above grades start on the Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design.

Your next steps...

After this course

Further study

On successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma, you can progress to the second year Extended Diploma.

On successful completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma, you can progress to university-level course, either at the MET or at other universities throughout the UK.

Degrees at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Fashion Design,Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

Future careers

  • Artist/educator
  • Designer: fashion/textile/graphic/interior
  • 3D designer: jewellery/ceramics/craft/product design
  • Retail designer/curator
  • Creative director/entrepreneur