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Art & Design UAL Level 3 Diploma (3D Applied Design Pathway)

This Level 3 UAL (University of the Arts London) Extended Diploma in Art & Design program has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.

You will study in a dedicated building fully equipped with the latest industry relevant resources, and taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field.

There will also be the opportunity to visit galleries, museums, exhibitions and festivals during the course, as well as the chance to get involved with community projects and competitions. Within year 2 (subject to age) there is also the opportunity to go on an cultural trip to a major European City.

The course provides an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in preparation for a future within the creative industry. The structure allows you to focus on one of six pathways but encourages you to be broad and experimental in your approach. Opportunities to partake in exhibitions, competitions and work experience are encouraged when applicable.

Rebekah

My passion for ceramics was inspired by a teacher at school. After my GCSEs I knew I wanted to focus on a future in 3D art. This study programme at College was equivalent to three A-Levels, meaning I could still go on to university afterwards.

I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different materials, as well as ceramics at College, and using the specialist equipment that was not available to us at school. The tutors are so helpful and if I need advice, or am struggling with something, I know I can go to them.

I go to lots of art exhibitions outside of College and have enjoyed our trips to the Design Museum and V&A Museum as part of the study programme. I’ve also helped out on the Hey Clay event at the College for the last two years, which is open to the public and has really helped to develop my leadership skills and confidence to speak in front of a crowd.

I’m looking forward to going to Cardiff University to study Ceramics. After that I hope to be able to go freelance. The College has been a great help with planning my UCAS application early and getting my personal statement up to scratch.

Rebekah - Art & Design (3D Design) Level 3

Full-time

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need...

Duration: 2 Years 

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*-C ideally including English and maths 
OR
  • Art & Design BTEC or UAL Level 2 Diploma (Merit level or above) with Functional Skills

Entry is also subject to a successful interview, where you will need to show a portfolio of your existing work. This can include anything from GCSE art/design work to drawings you do at home. Any photographed work would be good to see which can be brought on a USB stick or viewed on YouTube.

Course content

Each of the two years has its own qualification made up of 9 units in the first and 4 units in second, with units being marked throughout.

The study programme covers a range of disciplines that include: interior and product design through furniture, ceramics and glass, jewellery, lighting, set design, architectural form and model making. There is also the opportunity to work with other pathways such as photography

In the first year you will taught the basics of the creative structure. 

Term one is an introduction to the elements that underpin development and understanding of your subject (practical, research, contextual).

Term two allows you to develop and employ this knowledge within a range of activities.

Term three gives you the chance to work on an independent project that will utilise the knowledge from the first two terms. Your overall grade for the year will be taken from this final unit. This final grading is also repeated in second year.

The second year allows you to expand on your knowledge, developing work and creating a unique style for your portfolio. This will include exhibitions, vocational assignments and student devised projects expanding on tasks of your choosing.

Within each year there is a progression unit that, alongside a mandatory tutorial programme and small additional qualifications will support and enhance your journey through college and beyond.

  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will also be given the opportunity to go on a range of trips to galleries and exhibitions. 

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on a continual basis throughout the study programme against the grading criteria.

At the end of each year you get the chance to work on your own self-directed project. This unit graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction will be the overall grade for the program.

There will also be an examination for Functional Skills or GCSE, depending on your grades.

Qualifications

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Plus:

  • English and maths qualifications if required
  • Short course in Art & Design practice if required. 

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

Course progression: The program is designed to prepare the student for progression to Higher Education. We have an excellent track record for getting our students onto Higher Educational courses nationwide, including our own highly successful internal HND program

Career progression: The Tutorial program is designed to support students in looking for employment through CV writing and careers advice. You will also undertake 20 hours of relevant work experience

Additional information

To take part in the study programme you will be required to pay an additional fee of £50 to cover the cost of trips/visits to galleries and/or exhibitions.

You will also be expected to supply your own sturdy sketchbooks to record your development. A basic art kit will be useful and any pathway specific materials/ equipment will be discussed at interview or enrolment.

Each pathway arranges a number of trips to enhance your studies, often to key exhibitions. On 3D Applied Design we have visited museums such as the V&A and Design Museum. Students aged 18+ will also have the opportunity to pay to go on an educational trip abroad.

Within the 3D Applied Design pathway you will have opportunity to enter relevant competitions and apply your skills to professional work experience opportunities including running workshops such as the Craft Councils Hey Clay!

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

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LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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