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Art and Design (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: WEB004
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • 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 will help you find out what you enjoy, what you are good at and allow you 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 and 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 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. You will be given a range of projects that challenge you 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 you will engage with study through project work. Development is progressive taking you through workshops, lectures and practical assignments at the beginning.

All assignments are pass or fail only until the end of year one.  Year two will provide you with the chance to specialise.


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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Career Options

Graphic Designer

Graphic designers use lettering and images to communicate information and ideas. This could be for all kinds of purposes from advertisements to product packaging. If you have lots of creative ideas this career could be perfect for you.

To become a graphic designer, you will need to have IT and drawing skills. You'll need to be able to find practical solutions to problems. You'll also need excellent communication skills.

Most professional graphic designers have a foundation degree, HND or degree in graphic design or other art and design-based subject.

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Fashion Designer

Fashion designers design clothing and fashion ranges. As a fashion designer, you could work in high fashion or designer ready-to-wear fashion. You could also work in high street fashion. You would often specialise in particular types of clothing - for example in men’s, children’s or sportswear. If you love being creative and you are passionate about fashion, this job could be perfect for you.

To be a fashion designer, you will need to have a good eye for colour and shape. You’ll need skills like pattern cutting and sewing. You’ll also need to able to spot trends.

You will usually need a relevant degree to do this job. A course that teaches both design and technical skills will give you the knowledge you need to work in the industry.

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Fine Artist

Fine artists create original works of art using a variety of methods such as painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, printmaking or media like computer graphics. If you are a very creative person with original ideas, and you have talent in one or more artistic areas, this job could be for you.

You’ll need a good appreciation of colour and shape. You will also need self-motivation to work alone and the business skills to promote your own work.

Most fine artists have training in art and design, and qualifications like an HND, degree or a postgraduate award. If you are exceptionally talented and can produce work that there is a demand for, you may be able to sell your work without any formal qualifications.

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As an illustrator, you would produce drawings, paintings or diagrams that help make products more attractive or easier to understand. This could include books, book jackets, greetings cards, advertisements, packaging and detailed technical diagrams. If you are talented at drawing, and have creativity and imagination, this might be the perfect job for you.

You’ll need to be creative while sticking to your customer's design brief. Time management is something you’ll need to use when meeting publication or client deadlines.

Many professional illustrators have a degree in illustration or other art related degree subjects. If you are creative, have artistic talent and the determination to succeed you could still be successful in illustration without a degree.

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Art Therapist

Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities. If you enjoy helping people and you like using your art skills, this job could be ideal for you.

To become an art therapist, you will need to have a non-judgemental attitude. You’ll need to be able to relate to people from all backgrounds. And you’ll need creativity and imagination.

To work as an art therapist you will need to complete a postgraduate course approved by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). You will also need paid or voluntary experience gained from working in areas such as mental health, education, special needs, or social services.

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If you are artistic and love taking photographs, this could be a perfect career for you. As a photographer you would use cameras to take still photographs. You would use your technical skills and artistic ideas to take images of people and products. You will also take pictures of places or events.

A photographer is usually a creative person. You’ll also need to be able to make people feel relaxed.

Most professional photographers take a college or university course to develop their technical skills.

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Interior Designer

If you love design and decorating, this job could be perfect for you.

A good interior designer has creativity and practical skills. They need to be a good communicator and have excellent organisational skills.

Interior designers plan and supervise the design and decoration of the inside of buildings. This can include private homes and buildings such as offices, hotels, restaurants and shops.

To be an interior designer you will need a high level of design skill, which means you usually need to have completed an art- or design-related foundation degree, HND or degree.

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Product Designer

Product design is the process of creating new products and items from scratch or working on improvements to existing ones. Items can include everything from electronics, domestic appliances and machinery to company brands and web apps. Increasingly, product designers are also involved in how businesses offer their services to the public.

If you can mix your creative skills with a logical approach, this job might suit you well.

In this career you'll need good technical skills in model making and computer aided design, along with the ability to manage projects. You will normally need a relevant design or engineering qualification at foundation degree, HND or degree level to work in this field.

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Art Gallery Curator

Art gallery curators manage collections of paintings and objects. These are usually of artistic and historical interest.

To work in an art gallery you should have a keen interest in art. You should have good organisational skills. You’ll also need strong communication and people skills.

To do this job you would usually need a degree in a relevant subject such as art or art history.?

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