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Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This course is aimed primarily at those who have recently completed their secondary education and is a practical based program 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 students with the skills and creative thinking these institutions and other HE institutions require for their undergraduate courses. The course will give students the knowledge, skills and understanding 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.

It will develop existing skills gained in related areas of study as well as helping to teach new and exciting approaches to Art and Design. The course is designed to enable students to learn and develop through discovery and exploration. Practical and theoretical aspects of the broad range of art and design subjects enables students to make an informed choice of specialism and prepare for application to specific areas of employment or Higher Education on HND or BA (Hons) level studies.

Course content

This project-based course introduces you to the following areas of Art and Design:

  • Fine Art
  • Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Sculpture
  • Computer Design
  • Traditional and Digital Photography
  • Textiles
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Time Based Art
  • Surface Pattern
  • Drawing
  • Contextual Studies
  • Professional Development

Throughout the course emphasis is given to the development of an individual portfolio of work demonstrating creative skills, knowledge and ability, which supports and underpins applications to employment or higher education courses.

As students’ progress through the course working within a variety of specialist areas they complete a range of units which include those identified below – 

  • Visual Language in Art and Design
  • Research Skills in Art and Design
  • Critical and Contextual Awareness in Art and Design
  • Materials, Processes and Technical Skills in Art and Design
  • 2D Problem Solving in Art and Design
  • 3D Problem Solving in Art and Design
  • Time-based Problem Solving in Art and Design
  • Engaging with an Audience in Art and Design
  • Preparation for Progression in Art and Design

Entry requirements

Four GCSE's at grade C or above to include English and Maths (Grade 4 or above) and a relevant arts based subject. Alternatively a BTEC / UAL Level 2 Art and Design qualification at Merit or above is acceptable. Students who do not hold GCSE Grade 4 or above in Maths and English will undertake Functional Skills / GCSE retakes. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview at which a portfolio of work will be reviewed. Mature candidates with appropriate experience and portfolio will also be considered.


Assessment takes the form of a number of practical assignments and a Final Major Project. Assessment is continuous and takes place at regular times throughout the course. Planned reviews and tutorials are also completed to support student development and achievement on the course.  Students will get feedback at the end of each stage of the course to enable them to improve on their learning and performance. Graded, more formal, assessment will take place at the end of each year.  The final unit requires students to take responsibility for their own learning through a personal project that combines planning, research, ideas, practical skills, evaluation, reflection and presentation. This final assessment includes some external assessment completed by UAL Awarding Body in addition to internal assessment completed by college tutors and is subject to external moderation by the UAL Awarding Body.

On successful completion of the qualification students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

The UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design qualifies for UCAS points. The course helps students to develop a representative portfolio of work and aims to prepare them for a wide choice of progression options into Higher Education, training or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped tomove on to BA (Hons), Higher National Diplomas or Foundation in Art and Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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