Level 3 UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma Art and Design


This course is your first step towards a career in the creative industries as a Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer, Interior Designer or an Architect. You will have the opportunity to specialise in Textiles and Fashion, 3D Design or Graphic Design.

Course type

Level 3 UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course length

Diploma: one year, Extended Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Four or more GCSEs (grades A*-C) including an art-related subject and a grade 5 in Mathematics or English Language. Students currently taking an intermediate vocational course will need a full Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma with Merit in a related subject, a grade 5 in either English Language or Mathematics and a grade C in one other subject.

In some circumstances, improved performance in Functional Skills may be accepted where a GCSE has not yet been achieved. You will be required to bring a portfolio of art or design work to your interview.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • Fashion and Textile Design
  • 3D Design (Architecture and Product Design)
  • Graphic Design (Illustration, Advertising and Animation)
  • experimental drawing
  • historical and contemporary work of artists and designers

On the course you will:

  • work in the context of a professional designer
  • design and develop your own artwork and final product
  • visit museums and galleries
  • exhibit your artwork in professional galleries exhibitions such as the NewVIc Fashion Show, World AIDS Week and the end-of-year exhibition
  • take part in workshops at Central Saint Martins, the London College of Communication (LCC), London College of Fashion and the Courtauld Institute

Method of assessment

For each project you will explore and follow the design cycle. The course has 13 units that are completed over two years (with nine units completed over one year).

What will I be able to progress to?

On completion, you will have a number of options to choose from including studying Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Digital Applications in Design, Surface Pattern, Fashion Design, Textiles, Costume Design, Product or Furniture Design and Architecture at university. You may decide to enter areas of employment including Design, Advertising and Creative Arts.

Other information

You will need to buy a course Art pack at the start of the year. Single Art items, together with sketchbooks, are available to buy from the department’s Art shop. Research trips will require a small financial contribution.