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Choosing what to study can be challenging. Speak to one of our advisors to find out what your options are.

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This study programme is designed for 16-18 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This course teaches a broad foundation of core art and design skills in term 1 of the first year. Students then choose to specialise in their chosen area for the remainder of the course.

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview (informal). Candidates will need either a minimum of four GCSE's Grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. One of these must be in either English or Maths - or both. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and requirements during their interview and provide a portfolio of work demonstrating their creative ability. Applicants will need to be able to be motivated, manage their own time and have a mature outlook.

Qualifications

Students will achieve a UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design. This is a highly respected and valued qualification by universities and employers.

What you'll learn (core modules)

This is our largest course and is a terrific two years of art and design education. The course starts with fast four-week introductions to the four different specialisms within art and design - Fine Art (including painting, sculpture and conceptual art), 3D Design (including ceramics, jewellery, furniture and product design, interior design and sculpture) and Graphic Design/illustration. From the start of term three, students then have the opportunity to choose their specialist path and then study this for the remainder of the course. This is a unique and successful feature of the course.

Furthermore, throughout the course, students are educated in the core creative skills of art and design such as drawing, mixed-media work, digital media, printmaking, inventive idea creation and contextual studies. The course is a hugely rewarding two years and a brilliant springboard into university and a future in the creative industries.

See some of the work our students have created on Instagram.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

BE NICE SOCIALStudents experienced the hustle and bustle of New York as part of their studies.

New York Residential Adventure 11-16 November 2019

The School of Art and Design

Derek Johnson – Director

55 members of the School of Art and Design returned from an incredible 5-day residential in New York City, USA. The trip was packed and fast moving – early morning starts and walking many miles each day – covering the breadth of Manhattan through to the far south of Brooklyn.

It was a truly inspiring, demanding, happy and simply fantastic week.

Read the diary and view gallery

Benefits, skills and character strengths

In the School of Art and Design we have a culture of outstanding standards. All courses require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines is critical to success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do.

How will I be assessed?

There are no 'exams' for any of our qualifications within the School of Art and Design. Assessment is of presentation of the set assignments by the different lecturers. 1-1 recorded feedback and targets are given at key milestones. All work is assessed and verified internally. The Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. At Level 3 all qualifications provide relevant UCAS points for university entry.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

All aspects of the timetable are delivered in Leonardo House - a purpose-built Art School on the Bury St. Edmunds campus. Lessons are within specialist studios and workshops. These include 3D workshops, laser cutting/3D printing suite, fashion studios, a darkroom, photographic studios, ceramics workshop, drawing rooms, printmaking studio, interior design studio and 4 Apple Mac suites with over 120 I-Macs and 40 MacBooks.

Where will the course take me?

Students on this course have a great record of progressing to university degree courses and employment. The UAL Level 3 qualifications all carry the same UCAS points as equivalent A-levels. Art universities respond incredibly favourably to Extended Diplomas as they know that they have been delivered within a specialist Art School environment with specialist Lecturers.

Last year, 82 per cent of students progressed to university and 18 per cent were successful in finding employment. Students who decide not to progress to university generally undertake trainee employment positions within the creative industries. We have an outstanding track record of our students having amazing careers and fulfilling their dreams.

Successful students progressing from our Level 3 courses will be guaranteed an offer on the BA (hons) Graphic Design and Communication or BA (hons) Applied Interior Design here at The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.

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Will I need any materials or equipment?

Students will need a range of basic art and design equipment and an A2 portfolio. There will be an ongoing cost of materials throughout the course. A trip and enrichment  fee is collected at the start of the year.

Days & times

Starting September 2020


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