Art, Design & Photography

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UAL

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Digital Design)
  • Maths at an appropriate level if GCSE grade 4 (C) not yet achieved

Summary of course

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Digital Design and graphics will introduce students to traditonal and digital design skills and their application in Graphic Design, graphics for 3D,typography, Illustration, Branding Design, and Interior 3D Illustration. Allowing students to focus during their second year in the area of interest.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Contextual influences in digital/graphic design
  • Design methods
  • Computer applications for fashion
  • 3D computer applications
  • Computer illustration techniques
  • Website design
  • Use of digital photography in design
  • Managing a client brief
  • Developing and realising creative intentions
  • Professional Practise in Art and design
  • Graphic materials, techniques and processes

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Portfolio/Assignment based assessment working with strict deadlines. Internally and externally assessed units.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Digital/Graphic Design and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Art and Design/Digital Design.

Progression and Career Opportunities

This course is a practical way to achieve the equivalent of 3 A Levels in a vocational setting and will lead to either further study at defree or HND level (depending on achievement) or employment.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including GCSE English

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

IMPORTANT: If you are coming for an interview for any of the courses in Art, Design, Photography and Fashion, you will need to bring with you a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creativity, enthusiasm and shows the skills you have already developed. You will be expected to present at least four A1 presentation sheets of selected art work and a well developed sketchbook.

Your portfolio could include GCSE coursework from art and design subjects and work you do in your own time.

This course requires a high level of drawing ability. If you have not studied GCSE Art you need to bring with you examples of observational drawing from life (not from photographs). These could include: plants, fruit, vegetables, details of clothing. During your interview we will look through your portfolio so we can help you join the course that is right for you.

If you do not bring a portfolio to your interview we will have to re-arrange a convenient time for you to come back and show us.

General Info (materials required for the course)

All Level 3 Art and Design students at Booth Lane are advised to purchase a starter kit of essential media and equipment in year one at a cost of approx. £90. Each year, students will be advised to pay a fee toward the materials they will use (approx £75 each year) and another approx. £65 to cover trips and visits to galleries (approx £370 over the whole course).

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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