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

As a student on this course, you will be challenged to investigate a diverse range of art and design media, develop your own innovative visual language and realise your creative potential both as an individual and as a collaborator.

why choose this course?

Do you possess a lively, enquiring mind? Do you enjoy developing your ideas through creative exploration of different media, expanding your skills and utilising a range of processes building towards a final major project? During the Creative Practice course, you will learn to develop your ideas through a wide range of media, creating design solutions, exploring visual communication techniques and realising your creative outcomes through a series of vocationally relevant projects. 

The course is structured to support and develop your confidence and individual strengths, exploring areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, fashion, graphic design, illustration, photography, ceramics and sculpture allowing for a broad and creative approach to art, design and communication. 

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
Level 3
Penwith College
2 years
Extended Diploma


Live projects

Excellent tutor support

Small classes

Exhibition opportunities

Outstanding facilities

Specialist studios and equipment

3D workshop, Ceramics studio, Ceramic and Glass kilns, printing presses and screen-printing facilities 

Series of workshops

The introductory workshops are designed to give you an understanding of a wide range of practical and theoretical techniques and processes. 

Exhibition opportunities

All students can exhibit their work at the end of year exhibition. Other exhibition opportunities are possible through our collaborations with external galleries and arts organisations. 

what will I learn?

The 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 Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma offers a fantastic opportunity for you to explore a range of exciting creative techniques and processes.

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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where will it take me?

Careers: Employment within the creative industries is as varied as it is challenging. Students from this course usually undertake specialist degree level education before entering employment. Many of our alumni have progressed into careers such as print and textile design, animation, designer-makers and design crafts such as ceramics or jewellery and silver smithing, graphic design, fashion design, illustration and commercial photography. 

Progression: Higher Education/university, Foundation Art and Design Diploma or employment. For any career in art and design it is recommended that you go into Higher Education to do a specialist degree or foundation degree. 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. We offer a one-year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and a two-year HND in Art Practice (Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts). 

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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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