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General Art and Design (Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma) - Full-time

Art Design L3

Course outline

This course is accredited by the University of the Arts London awarding body, Europe's largest specialist arts and design university.

If you want to develop your interest in art and design in all its forms and pursue a future in the creative industries, but haven’t yet chosen an area of specialism, then this course is perfect for you.

You’ll learn by exploring 2D and 3D material and processes, developing ideas and concepts, solving problems and completing wide-ranging research of artists, designers, cultures and crafts.

You will take part in workshops on:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • 3D design
  • Ceramics
  • Print-making
  • Graphic media
  • Photography

You will explore ideas and concepts through moving image, performance art and installation art and develop areas of specialist interest and study, building your confidence.

In Year 1 all UAL Level 3 students on General Art & Design, 3D Design & Architecture and Graphic Design & Illustration will experience a broad diagnostic Term 1 and be enrolled onto a General Art & Design programme, that will provide students with grounding skills and knowledge in:

  • Creative mark-making
  • Research skills
  • Digital recording and presentation
  • Analysis and evaluation and contextual awareness

All students will undertake practical workshops in 3D Design & Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration and Fine Art, which will allow students to make improved informed choices about an area of specialism.

In Year 1 Term 2, students will select an area of specialism, with tutor assessment and guidance and will continue in this area into their Final Major Project in Year 1.

In Year 2 students will be enrolled directly into a specialist area of study:

  • General Art & Design
  • Graphic Design & Illustration
  • 3D Design & Architecture

This allows in-depth development and relevant progression.

You’ll create a portfolio to help secure a university place, apprenticeship or employment.

How to apply for this course

It is no longer possible to start this course this academic year.

You will be able to apply for September 2021 soon.

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Location Date
25 Stoney Street

Start: 7th September 2020

Course code: C000290 / Q001716


UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grades 9–4 (A*–C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths, or a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and Maths GCSE grades 9–4 (A*–C).

You will also need a folder of artwork.


Continuous with final assessment points at the end of year 1 and year 2.


Choose to follow with a relevant degree course, an apprenticeship or employment. We offer foundation degrees in Fine Art Practice, Graphic Design, and a top-up degree in Art & Design. There are loads of future career paths to pursue, including: community art, textile/interior/product/graphic/set/ film/TV design, architecture, illustration, or more broad roles such as marketing.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

Why not come along to our End of Year Shows 2019 and see what our current students have been working on.

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