About the course
This course teaches a broad foundation of core art and design skills. The students have the opportunity to focus on their chosen specialist area when creating final outcomes while still developing their knowledge of different processes and techniques.
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.
UAL Diploma (Extended) in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (specialist pathway: Art and Design (General) Extended Diploma Level 3)
What you'll learn (core modules)
This is our largest course and is a terrific two years of art and design education. The course teaches fast paced projects which introduce students to the different specialisms within art and design. On the course we teach all aspects of art (including painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media art, 3D art, conceptual art, drawing, illustration, animations, digital art and typography to name but a few). We teach all students digital skills using the programmes Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The skills learnt on the course are very relevant to the skills needed to work 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.
New York Residential Adventure
The School of Art and Design
Derek Johnson â€“ 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 â€“ early morning starts and walking many miles each day â€“ covering the breadth of Manhattan through to the far south of Brooklyn.
It was a truly inspiring, demanding, happy and simply fantastic week.
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.
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 2021