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Art & Design UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma
Study Mode
Full Time 
Design & Visual Arts 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at A*- C (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language and an art-related subject or portfolio of art work.

Art & Design UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course focuses on the practical development and application of knowledge and skills required by anyone wishing to pursue a career in Art and Design.

About the Course

The programme is designed to help you to discover and develop your talents, interests and strengths in a wide range of specialist disciplines. The course is a nationally recognised qualification and has been designed to develop the breadth of skills and knowledge to allow successful progression to Higher Education, Apprenticeships and into related employment.

We aim to provide you with the necessary experience to develop the underpinning visual and practical skills that are required across all art and design specialist areas. Projects will provide you with the opportunity to explore and experiment so that you can develop a clear understanding of the different specialist disciplines you wish to work in.

Key Units

You will be set projects that allow you to be creative and demonstrate your ability to think, problem solve and communicate your idea. These are all necessary skills for the artist and designer and provide a skill set sought after by both Higher Education institutions and employers.

Throughout the course you will learn about the historical and cultural contexts of art and design, and study the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople. A programme of visiting Artists and Designers working at Hillsborough College will extend your practice and personal development.

In the first twenty weeks of the course your will experience the different specialist areas in five week blocks so that you develop a wide ranges of skills and knowledge to support an informed decision of choosing a 2D or 3D specialist pathway route.

In the second year the course joins with the 18+ Foundation in Art and Design to support a wide selection of specialist pathways. This will further develop your skills and understanding within your selected specialist areas. At this stage you will build up a specialist portfolio of work in preparation for Higher education and employment interviews.

Project briefs are dynamic and responsive to current design trends. Specialist areas of study are listed below:

  • Painting, sculpture and printmaking
  • Photography
  • Applied arts, ceramics, metal work and jewellery.
  • 3D product, furniture, interior design and architecture,
  • Communication media, graphics, illustration and animation
  • Textiles, surface design and applied textiles
  • Fashion and manufacture
Your course will include tutor-led demonstrations, presentations and regular tutorials to support your studies. Course enrichment activities can include visits to galleries and museums.

Work-related experience includes taking part in industry based projects and competitions.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at A*- C (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language and an art-related subject or portfolio of art work.


Assessment is by continual assessment of coursework, there are no formal exams. You will be graded on each project and these marks will add together to give a final grade. At the end of the second year you will undertake a final project. The work from this will be exhibited in an end of year show.

Where does this Lead

Students have progressed to a wide range of art and design higher education courses. Alternatively, students may wish to look for employment in the art and design industry.

Tell Me More

Staff and facilities: 
You will learn from experienced and specialised art and design tutors who will be able to offer advice and support in terms of your studies and future goals. Classes are delivered in well-resourced art studios and IT rooms as well as specialist workshops for fashion, textiles, printmaking, metalwork, photography, ceramics and textiles.

You are expected to work independently on project work away from the college at least 6 hours a week.

On your programme you will study for Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C.

Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and express their ideas visually. As the course is assessed entirely by coursework you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Qualification Title:  
UAL (University of the Arts London) The Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design which attracts UCAS Tariff points equivalent to 3 A-Levels.