Art and Design (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course is validated by: University of the Arts London

Course Information

  • Course Code: AD022-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Approved by: University of the Arts London
  • Study Mode: Full time

This Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design aims to provide a firm foundation in core art & design practice, and to encourage personal development and expression. The course helps learners to find out what they enjoy, what they are good at and allows them to develop a set of valuable skills for future study and work. University of the Arts, London Awarding Body (UAL) qualifications are recognised and highly regarded across the country, are designed by some of the best art, design and media educators in the world. Blackburn College is one of only 10 Colleges in the country to have a UAL progression agreement, which means that our students will benefit from:

  • A guaranteed interview with a UAL College/University
  • Industry specialised lecturers
  • Advice & guidance from a UAL representative
  • Help with mock interviews, specific to UAL criteria
  • UAL set assignments

As part of the UAL agreement, Blackburn College tutors will also meet and share good practice with the other 9 UAL approved colleges around the country, to make sure our students are receiving the best learning experience possible. We have a first class record in placing talented students on the best degree course at institutions such as Goldsmiths, The Slade, , Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Ravensbourne, Chelsea School of Art & Design, Ruskin School at Cambridge, Leeds College of Art, Wimbledon, Camberwell College of Art and London College of Fashion.

What will I study?

The course is made up of 9 units in year one and a further 4 larger units in year two. Year one focuses on developing the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle more challenging and specific creative assignments in year two. Learners are given a range of projects that challenge them to explore different areas of creative practice from core drawing skills (life drawing, visual studies) to solving 3D, textiles, photographic or graphic communication problems, supported by contextual studies throughout.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language or completion of a Level 2 course.

How will I be assessed?

In this qualification learners engage with study through project work. Development is progressive taking learners through workshops, lectures and practical assignments at the beginning. All assignments are pass or fail only up until the end of year one, were an interim grade assesses progress and year two in the unit, Project Proposal and Realisation in which each learner specialises. Here the learner is at the pinnacle of their learning when they are awarded their overall grade, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What can I do next?

This qualification is mapped to the Level 3/4 UAL Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma (Media) at Blackburn College. Many learners wish to complete this diverse, higher level course before they progress onto University or employment. Learners can also progress to Art & Design related degree courses at the University Centre at Blackburn College, or to a whole range of other art, design and media related degree courses at leading institutions in the United Kingdom. Some learners also progress directly to employment within the creative industries.

Many students choose to progress on to programmes at University Centre at Blackburn College which allow you to follow a range of specialisms. These include:

  • studying Graphic Communication - Graphic Communication BA (Hons)
  • studying Illustration & Animation - Illustration and Animation BA (Hons)
  • studying Photography - Photographic Media Foundation Degree FdA
  • studying Textiles - Contemporary Textiles Foundation Degree FdA
  • studying Interior Design - Contemporary Design for Interiors Foundation Degree FdA
  • studying Fashion - Contemporary Fashion Foundation Degree FdA
  • studying Fine Art (Integrated Media) - Fine Art (Integrated Media) BA (Hons)

These courses are all validated by UK Top 10 Lancaster University. 

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You will be based in the new £18.3 million Beacon Centre. In order for you to flourish in the creative field we have invested in brand new facilities such as Apple Mac design suites, spacious studios, industrial sewing machines, screen printing and weaving equipment and our very own in house photography studio and infinity curve.

Enrichment & Employability

We are proud to be one of only 10 colleges in the country to have UAL accredited courses and a progression agreement in place.

We offer students the opportunity to experience a diverse and exciting visiting lecturer programme that includes Lecturers from Chelsea School of Art and the Saatchi Gallery.

We also help many students find relevant part time work to enhance your chance of employment and give you a taste of working in a creative career. 

Our students continually engage with real live projects from local initiatives for Child Action Northwest through to working with national bodies such as The Tate, The Saatchi Gallery and having work published in magazines or shown on TV and at Film Festivals.

You will also have the opportunity to go on residentials to gain inspiration, visit universities and take part in critical artist’s discussions.

Progression & Careers

Blackburn College’s creative arts courses are accredited and awarded by the University of Arts London, which provides our students with the best opportunities when considering University places. As part of the UAL programme, you will be guaranteed an interview with a UAL institution and will be offered interview advice and guidance in preparation for leaving college. Popular universities include:

  • Central St Martins
  • London College of Fashion
  • Chelsea School of Art
  • Scottish Film Academy at Edinburgh Napier
  • The Slade
  • Goldsmiths
  • Ruskin School of Art at University of Oxford
  • Ravensbourne
  • Falmouth College of Art
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