This course is perfect if you love drawing, working to briefs and developing conceptual ideas, and you want to go onto a related foundation course or degree and/or a career in graphic design, illustration and visual communication.
You’ll learn to explore your creative interests in design with 2D media and graphics. You will develop skills in print-making, digital illustration and graphic techniques, including typography, print and layout design.
You will experience using the creative design cycle – a valuable skill recognised by employers. You’ll explore the history of art and design styles and the impact of changing contemporary issues on design.
Live projects, competition, visits and links with local designers are embedded into the course to build employability skills. Work placements are promoted and supported to build your CV and progression opportunities.
You can expect lots of practical work including:
- Drawing and visual communication at the core
- Workshops in print-making
- CAD (Photoshop/Illustrator)
- Research, analysis and evaluation
- Presentation and exhibiting
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 of work 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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25 Stoney Street
Start: 7th September 2020
Course code: C000290 / Q001716
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
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.
Choose to follow with a degree foundation diploma or direct entry to a range of creative degree courses. Career paths include graphic designer, illustrator, CADCAM and product design.
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.