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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art, Design & Communication (Creative Practice)

In this course, you will be challenged to investigate a diverse range of Art and Design media, develop your own innovative visual language and unleash your creative potential, both as an individual and a collaborator.

why choose this course?

Do you have a lively, enquiring mind? Do you enjoy developing your ideas through creative exploration of different media, expanding your skills and building toward a final project? This course 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. The Creative Practice Level 3 Extended Diploma offers a fantastic opportunity for you to explore a range of exciting creative techniques and processes, through a series of vocationally relevant projects.

This course is aimed primarily at those who have recently completed their secondary education and is a practically based programme that covers a broad range of Art and Design subjects. The qualification has been written with the support of University of the Arts London Institutions including Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.

The course will prepare you with the skills and creative thinking these institutions and other HE institutions require for their undergraduate courses. The course will give you the knowledge, skills and understanding to explore, develop and test your creativity in areas such as fine art, graphics, 3D, textile processes, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, mixed media image creation, specialist design software, contextual studies, and photography.

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Start date: 07/09/2023

Course code
FDARTDE23T
Level
Level 3
Location
Truro College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
Extended Diploma

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Experienced Tutors

Range of facilities and equipment

Opportunities to exhibit work

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Learn from subject specialists

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who will advance your knowledge and skills within a range of Art & Design disciplines.

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Develop creative skills

Studying a range of Art & Design specialisms will equip you with a variety of technical skills and the ability to generate and explore ideas and solve creative problems.

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Purpose built Art & Design building

The White building provides a stimulating creative environment with 3D, Ceramics and Printmaking workshops, photo studio, darkroom, and computer suites.

what will I learn?

During the first year, you will be taught the required skills across a range of common Art and Design areas. You will learn how to extend your creative approach to the use and manipulation of a broad range of materials, processes and ‘making’ skills, as well as how to use tools, equipment, and materials appropriate to the required production techniques.

The first year is structured to allow you to shape an individual route to build your practical skills and creative potential through a series of themed projects using a broad range of 2D and 3D media. In addition to the practical work, you will also have the chance to develop your research skills alongside developing your understanding of visual language and how it is used to communicate ideas and concepts in Art and Design. You will also work on assignments to generate evidence, produce contextual and historical research, research idea development and show evidence of creative problem-solving.

In the second year you will then go on to concentrate on developing specialist skills in one or more of these areas, building a portfolio of work that will not only enable you to successfully obtain the qualification but also gain a place at the University of your choice. This course is the ideal preparation for entry into a diverse range of higher education courses and careers within the creative industries.

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where will it take me?

The Level 3 Diploma in Creative Practice has been designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to progress to degree level study in Art & Design, or into employment. Your portfolio of work is designed to get you accepted on to a course in higher education such as a BA (Hons) or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

assessment arrangements

Each unit has interim assessment points and a final assessment, which is pass/fail. Your final unit in each year is graded pass, merit, distinction and this will be your yearly grade if all units are successfully completed. There are no exams on the main award; it is all assessed on practical work. 

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above to include either English Language or Literature and/or Maths. A merit on a relevant level 2 diploma can also be considered.

In addition to general entry requirements for L3 Diploma courses, a keen interest in drawing to develop your creativity, as a design stimulus and as a means of gathering creative ideas and making them visible is absolutely essential 

Information & Support

Independent practice will be supported through PowerPoints, worksheets and other guides available through our Moodle course. College trips to visit museums and galleries will be offered and we encourage our students to visit galleries both locally and nationally to support their work. 

Awarding body: UAL – University of the Arts London 

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