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Start date: 05/10/2019 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma/Extended
Code: 112812
Cost: N/A


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Course Detail

Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Full time course


From our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014 we have been rated 'Outstanding' in this area. View our latest Ofsted report here


This course is for students who enjoy responding creatively to the world around them. If you come to college with the desire to learn, we can show you how to develop your ideas and express them professionally through a range of disciplines. A supportive team of experts will help you build confidence in both your creative and communication skills. This is the course for you if you are interested in developing practical, professional and employability skills within art and design. You will grow in confidence and build good interpersonal skills whilst gaining the essential self-knowledge to make good choices moving forwards.

What will I study?

The course is a diagnostic course that will enable you to understand your strengths and areas for development and ultimately help you decide what you would like to specialise in. You will try out a wide variety of Art & Design disciplines, including Fine art, Drawing, Photography, Video, Illustration, Sculpture, Textiles, Fashion, Printmaking, Critical analysis and evaluation, Life drawing, Ideas generation and development, Sketchbook work and Graphics. The course will start with shorter, highly structured projects to develop your independence to the point where you run a large final major project with our support.

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or a Functional Skills programmes alongside their main course.


The Creative Industries sector is thriving in this country, but it is mostly graduate industry. Therefore most of our students go on to Higher Education, although some do find work in the sector upon leaving college and some go on to do a Creative Apprenticeship.

Work experience

Students are directed and supported to seek opportunities relevant to their specialism to experience the working environment, whether this is a live project set by industry, creative competitions or working for a local or national company.

Additional qualifications

Employability qualifications may be offered if applicable.

What do I need to join?

Five GCSEs grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English or maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification. As this is a creative course, we would also like to see a portfolio of creative work at your interview.

How long is the course?

The course will last 2 years, involving up to 4 days a week at college. You will also need to undertake independent study.

How will I learn?

Through a structured series of practical projects, some written assignments, tutorials, trips and visits, lectures and group assessments.

How will I know how I am doing?

Project work is set with structured achievable targets that are organised around practical assessment. You will also discuss project work through group critiques, with verbal feedback from tutors and peers. Regular tutorials and reviews will take place with your personal tutor to discuss targets and progress.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be costs for material fees, educational visits and a foreign trip. Financial support may be available in certain circumstances.

What can I do next?

Most of our students go on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or employment. Our students can progress to the best degree courses in the country in every subject.

What are my career options?

The creative industries are thriving despite this time of economic uncertainty and change. Most creative businesses are small to medium-sized enterprises, meaning they employ less than 50 people. They are versatile and adaptable, and that is what they want from their employees.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Start date: 05/10/2019
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma/Extended
Code: 112812
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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Start End Time Campus
01/09/2019 31/07/2021 SGS Stroud
05/10/2019 31/07/2021 SGS WISE