Art, Design & Photography

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UAL

Qualifications on offer:

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

Summary of course

This course is designed for those who enjoy Art and Design but are unsure of which career path to follow and wish to explore all the possibilities. The first year is broad-based and will cover visual recording and communication, critical and contextual studies, the creative process, materials and techniques, developing a portfolio, managing a client brief and developing and realising creative intentions. You will develop your practical skills in observational drawing, ceramic design, graphic design, fashion and textiles, fine art and 3D design.

Year 2 is more specialist, where you will have the opportunity to develop your area of interest and application to a Higher Education course. You will finish by writing and completing a final major project and mounting an exhibition of your work.

The course is made up of coursework and external examined units. You are expected to achieve at least a pass in each unit to complete the qualification.

Throughout, you will be encouraged to develop your skills in literacy and communication, and will receive strong personal tutorial support.

The course is taught through vocationally relevant project work and is highly practical in nature. As the course progresses students are encouraged to take an increasingly more independent approach to their work and to explore the specialist area which most interests them. You will also be expected to complete a period of work experience as part of your programme of study.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Drawing
  • Contextual Studies
  • Materials and techniques in 2 and 3 dimensions
  • Graphic Design
  • Textiles
  • Ceramics
  • Fine Art
  • Use of ICT to develop Art and Design projects
  • Printmaking

Specialist Units:

  • Developing a project brief
  • Producing a final major project

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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 in line with UAL expectations. External set units for the final major projects

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 C (4) 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 Art and Design and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Art and Design.

Progression and Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this qualification students could continue their studies to a Foundation course in Art and Design, Higher National Diplomas or Degree level in various specialist Art and Design subjects.

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 and Maths; you will also need a portfolio of artwork demonstrating your ability in Art and Design.

*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.

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 expected to purchase a starter kit of essential media and equipment in year one at a cost of £90. Each year, students will be advised to pay a fee toward the materials they will use (approx £75 each year) and another £65 to cover trips and visits to galleries (approx £370 over the whole course). At Daventry students will be able to buy some media, materials and equipment from the college shop and are recommended to pay £45 each year for consumable materials and another £20 each year for trips.

All fees are payable at enrolment.

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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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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