Art & Design - Level 3 - Year 1

The UAL Level 3 Art and Design Diploma and the Extended Diploma offer you exciting and stimulating opportunities to develop practical skills and the ability to think creatively and imaginatively within different areas of art and design in preparation for a career in the creative industries.

Through experimentation with 2D and 3D Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textiles and 3D Design Craft you will gain an understanding of the distinct characteristics of different art and design disciplines before making choices about the creative pathway that you wish to pursue.

A studio based and practical course that encourages you to take risks, think creatively and explore the possibilities of art and design in the 21st Century.

How will I be assessed?

In the first year assessment is through a portfolio of work. You will need to gain passes in Units 1-7 which cover visual language, research skills, materials, processes and technical skills and contextual awareness in art and design in order to progress to the final stage of the course.

Units 8 and 9 require you to produce an ambitious and self-directed project in a specialism of your choice and to research progression opportunities.

Your final project is graded at pass, merit or distinction and is the grade that you achieve for the first year of the course.

Units 1-7 and unit 9 are assessed and moderated internally. The Final project, unit 8, is assessed internally but moderated externally.

In the second year you will extend your understanding of your chosen pathway and the possible progression routes that it may offer in the world of employment or higher education. Alongside this research you will develop a more personal body of work that allows for individual expression and ownership. The culmination of this individual research and development is a substantial final project that is exhibited in the end of year exhibition.

If you study the full 2 year Extended Diploma you will achieve a final grade for your second year units at a pass, merit or distinction.

Work is assessed internally but moderated externally.

What do I need?

5 GCSE’s at 4 or above including English and an Art and Design subject. A portfolio of work that demonstrates passion, commitment and energy.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Graphics, Web Design & Multimedia HNC or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University - You could progress to a degree in Fine Art, Graphic Design or Illustration, Applied Arts, Textiles or Fashion Design, Theatre or Costume Design, Jewellery Design, Furniture Design, Creative Events Management etc. There are hundreds of degree courses out there each leading to a range of possible careers
  • You could become a: Graphic Designer, Architect or Interior Architect, Illustrator, Costume Designer, Curator, Conservationist, Jewellery Maker or a Teacher.
  • There are many more creative careers out there and we help you to find something that fits your skills and the aspirations that you have.

Additional information

A residential field trip in the first year of the course is an exciting and vital live experience outside of the studio, designed to inspire and foster individuality as well as creative collaborations. It also provides essential primary material for independent project work. Where possible live briefs and competitions will be offered as they arise giving you professional experiences.

We expect all students to find a relevant work experience placement in both the first and second year of the course.

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