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Art and Design UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a two year full time course.

About the course

This course focuses on the practical development and application of knowledge and skills required by anyone wishing to pursue a career in art and design.

The programme is designed to help you to discover and develop your talents, interests and strengths in a wide range of specialist disciplines. The course is a nationally recognised qualification and has been designed to develop the breadth of skills and knowledge to allow successful progression to Higher Education, Apprenticeships and into related employment.

We aim to provide you with the necessary experience to develop the underpinning visual and practical skills that are required across all art and design specialist areas. Projects will provide you with the opportunity to explore and experiment so that you can develop a clear understanding of the different specialist disciplines you wish to work in.

You will be set projects that allow you to be creative and demonstrate your ability to think, problem solve and communicate your ideas. These are all necessary skills for artists and designers and provide a skill set sought after by both Higher Education institutions and employers.

Throughout the course you will learn about the historical and cultural contexts of art and design, and study the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople. A programme of visiting Artists and Designers working at Hillsborough College will extend your practice and personal development.

In the first twenty weeks of the course you will experience the different specialist areas in five week blocks so that you develop a wide range of skills and knowledge to support an informed decision of  choosing a 2D or 3D specialist pathway route.

The second year the course joins with the 18+ Foundation in Art and Design to support a wide selection of specialist pathways. This will further develop your skills and understanding within your selected specialist areas. At this stage you will build up a specialist portfolio of work in preparation for Higher Education and employment interviews.



Course content

Project briefs are dynamic and responsive to current design trends. Specialist areas of study are listed below:

  • Painting, sculpture and printmaking
  • Photography
  • Applied arts, ceramics, metal work and jewellery.
  • 3D product, furniture, interior design and architecture,
  • Communication media, graphics, illustration and animation
  • Textiles, surface design and applied textiles
  • Fashion and manufacture

Your course will include tutor-led demonstrations, presentations and regular tutorials to support your studies. Course enrichment activities can include visits to galleries and museums.

Work-related experience includes taking part in industry based projects and competitions.

You are expected to work independently on project work away from the college at least 6 hours a week.

On your programme you will study for Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade 4.

You will be required to provide your own basic equipment as well as pay a studio fee of approximately £50 towards the cost of materials provided by the college and contribute towards the cost of trips and visits. You may be entitled to help with these costs and anything else you need to buy for your course from the college’s Learner Support Fund. 

Staff and facilities

You will learn from experienced and specialised art and design tutors who will be able to offer advice and support in terms of your studies and future goals.

Classes are delivered in well-resourced art studios and IT rooms as well as specialist workshops for fashion, textiles, printmaking, metalwork, photography, ceramics and textiles.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and express their ideas visually. As the course is assessed entirely by coursework you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Qualification Title            

UAL (University of the Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design which attracts UCAS Tariff points equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

What students say about our Art and Design Level 3 course

“Staff are supportive and treat you like adults"

“Freedom to express ourselves”

“Well-structured lessons”

“Polite and helpful tutors”




Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at  4-9 / A*-C grades (or acceptable alternatives) including  a minimum Grade 4 in English language and an art-related subject or portfolio of art work.


Assessment is by continual assessment of coursework, there are no formal exams. You will be graded on each project and these marks will add together to give a final grade. At the end of the second year you will undertake a final project. The work from this will be exhibited in an end of year show.


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?
Students have progressed to a wide range of art and design Higher Education courses. Alternatively, students may wish to look for employment in the art and design industry.

Further information

How to apply

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school. Other applicants can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: HFNAD1