Art and Design Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3 – University of Arts London Awarding Body

Course Code: DE3DP
Learning Aim Code: 50075664
Full-time / Part-time: Full-time
Duration: One Year
Campus: Paget Road Campus

Is this the right course for me?

Art and Design covers many exciting and innovative areas of the creative industries. This focused and intensive course is for those with a real enthusiasm and creativity and will prepare you for your future as one of the next generation of artists and designers.

You will begin your first year of study on the University of Arts London Awarding Body (UAL) Level 3 Diploma and then once successfully completed you will progress to your second year on the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels. This is a practical, work-related course and you will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you develop the skills you need to start your career.

The course is accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body (UAL). City of Wolverhampton College is the only college in the Black Country, and one of only a few in the Midlands, to be accredited and offer qualifications from University of Arts London. UAL is a specialist awarding body offering up-to-date qualifications in the creative industries. It is owned by, and based within, University of the Arts London.

This course will give you experience in different art and design disciplines, including 3D Design, visual studies, textiles, illustration, photography, print making and graphic design. Each term you will work on a number of assignments and exhibit your practical work around the college with an end of year final exhibition in the city centre. You will take part in practical workshops, lectures, debates, gallery visits and independent research. You will learn new skills and develop experience in a number of specialist techniques and approaches from experienced and dedicated tutors together with a range of guest speakers. We will develop your creative potential while improving your understanding of visual communication.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study:

  • Visual recording
  • Materials, techniques and processes
  • Ideas and concepts in art and design
  • Visual communication
  • Design methods
  • 3D design
  • Drawing from observation
  • Contextual influences in art and design
  • Application, exploration and realisation
  • Professional practice
  • Personal and professional development
  • Graphic image making
  • Narrative image making
  • Photography

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Be part of a programme of study that has excellent pass rates
  • Be taught by our enthusiastic, experienced and talented art and design lecturing team
  • Learn in a range of dedicated studios including graphics, 3D, fashion and print making
  • Use a wide range of artist and studio equipment, software and cameras
  • Understand how all of the skills you are learning can be applied in the industry
  • Improve your knowledge of what art and design industry opportunities are available
  • Gain valuable team working and communication skills
  • Improve your employability skills
  • Learn in a creative arts department awarded ‘Arts Mark Gold’ by Arts Council England for the level and quality of our education provision in creative industries

How will I be assessed?

The course is project/assignment based and assessment is continuous throughout the year both in lessons, set work and through observations. Each unit will be assessed and awarded with a final grade of pass, merit or distinction. Some units may be subject to external assessment.

What can I do next?

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Pursue a career as a graphic designer, illustrator, architect, fine artist, interior designer, product designer, fashion designer and stylist, photographer, sculptor, concept artist
  • Progress on to our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, our HND in Graphic Design, a university degree or employment.

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access this course you are required to have:

  • Five or more GCSEs at Grade C or above
  • You will be asked to come for an interview and be expected to demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to undertaking an art and design course at this level by presenting a selection of recent art and design work

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