UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - Art & Design

"The University of the Arts London Awarding Body Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design has been designed to provide young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree level study in art and design, into further education and training or into employment. It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education."

- www.arts.ac.uk -

 
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Course content

The course is designed for students who wish to explore and extend their experience in working creatively. In the first year students will engage with a range of disciplines building a strong foundation. Work will include painting, drawing, print making, 3D and photography. Students will be able to try out different techniques and materials and explore ways in which artists and designers communicate visual ideas.  In the second year, students will have the opportunity to extend skills and knowledge following their chosen specialist pathway. Work created will form a final personal project. Students will be encouraged to create exciting and ambitious artwork in order to build an extensive portfolio for exhibition. The course includes general observation drawing, painting, design, art history and art appreciation.

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teaching and assessment

This is a two year program of study delivered over 6 academic terms.

The course is made up of 13 project/assignment based units. Tutors are available at all times and have a variety of specialisms. Assessment takes place throughout the course in the form of group discussion, one to one tutorials and formal feedback and grading. The course requires a  final personal project, assessment and exhibition.

FAQS

How many UCAS points is this course worth?

Successful completion of this course attracts UCAS points and is broadly equivalent to 3 A'levels.

Can I go straight onto University from this course?

Yes. In the past many of our learners have been able to secure a place on a Higher Education Degree Course in a creative subject whilst others have chosen to continue onto the Level 4 Foundation Degree in Art and Design to further confirm their pathway.

How many days will I be in College?

Attendance - 3 days per week 9.00 am till 4.30 pm. Some extra hours may be required if learners are taking English and Maths qualifications.

How many hours of work will I do at home?

At least one or more days of self- study are required.

Do I need to buy all my materials? 

Learners are required to pay  £100 materials fee at enrolment and at the start of year two which allows them to use the studio materials and printing facilities whilst at college. Some materials will be required for self- study. College of West Anglia can offer a Materials Bursary from the Learner Support Fund that goes towards the materials fee for learners who's family experience financial difficulty. A separate application is required to Student Services at CWA. Details of this can be provided on request. The bursary is subject to conditions.

Is there any help with travel costs?

College of West Anglia can offer a Travel Bursary from the Learner Support Fund that helps with travel costs for learners who live certain distances from AAE and who's family experience financial difficulty. A separate application is required to Student Services at CWA. Details of this can be provided on request. The bursary is subject to conditions.

Is there any help with meals costs whilst at college?

College of West Anglia can offer financial help with the cost of lunches whilst at AAE from the Learner Support Fund who's family experience financial difficulty. A separate application is required to Student Services at CWA. Details of this can be provided on request. The bursary is subject to conditions.

How many GCSE’s do I need?

Although 5 GCSEs  with a minimum grade 4 or above in  English and Maths and a creative subject are preferred please note the following. Vocational qualifications in relevant subjects may  be accepted as GCSE equivalent. We welcome applications from those who may not have all of  the above. In the past we have accepted students who have been home schooled or where the opportunity for attaining a full spectrum of qualifications has not been possible due to circumstances. We are most concerned with the applicants level of creativity and willingness to learn, so each case is judged individually.  You will be invited to attend an interview where you will need to present examples of art work and demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment toward the subject applied for. Applications from mature students without formal qualification are welcomed. A level 2 qualification may be offered in the first year if appropriate.

What if I didn’t get grade 4 or above in my English and Maths GCSE?

Learners who are accepted onto the Study Program (16+) who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 or above in English and Maths GCSE will be required as a condition of funding to continue studying towards these qualifications. English and Maths lessons will be provided each week at AAE with qualified teachers in small learning groups. Students are required to work towards one level above their previously attained level ( this may be Functional Skills) and sit exams each year until they reach GCSE Grade 4 or above or their course ends which ever is sooner. Please note that this is compulsory. 

Do I need an Art GCSE?

We have in the past accepted applicants who do not hold a GCSE qualification in Art but who show artistic ability in other areas. We would expect to see examples of creative work undertaken by the learner at interview and applicants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to developing a creative career. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit. We are committed to offering support to learners who may have faced challenges in their education in the past for a number of reasons ie having Dyslexia, anxiety issues, Autism or physical challenges where our facilities and staff levels allow. A level 2 qualification may be offered in the first year if appropriate.