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Art & Design UAL Diploma Level 3 at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

Year One of the Level 3 Diploma is a focused programme for those with a real enthusiasm for Art and Design. The course is intended to broaden students existing understanding and knowledge of Art & Design, as well as develop technical skills and working processes. Students will carry out specialist projects in Fashion, Textiles, 3D Design, Graphic Design and Illustration. The Course is underpinned with a Visual Studies programme that will develop students’ skills in drawing and painting and recording from direct observation.

Course content

The course comprises of 9 units (which is the vocational equivalent of 1.5 A levels).

UNIT 1 Visual Recording in Art and Design 
UNIT 2 Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design 
UNIT 3 Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design 
UNIT 4 Visual Communication Through Art and Design 
UNIT 7 Design Methods Art & Design
UNIT 18 Collaborative Working in Art and Design
UNIT 38 Mixed Media Image Making
UNIT 75 Drawing from Observation
UNIT 60 Painting in Fine Art

By the end of the course you will have built a comprehensive portfolio of general Art & Design work. If you wish to continue your studies you will apply for the 2nd year (Extended Diploma in Art & Design). You will pursue a specialist area of interest, such as Fine Art, Graphics, Illustration, Fashion, Textiles or Three Dimensional Design in great depth and build a specialist portfolio. This will either facilitate progression into Higher Education or enable you to apply for jobs within the Creative Industries.

  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Communication Through Art and Design
  • Design Methods in Art & Design
  • Collaborative Working in Art and Design
  • Mixed Media Image Making
  • Painting in Fine Art

Drawing from Observation

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C including English and a creative subject. You will be asked to attend a portfolio-review interview, where you will demonstrate your ability to express and develop your ideas through drawing and design, 
as well as your technical skills.

Interview for entry: Interview required

Interview preparation:
You will be asked to come for an interview and you will be expected to demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to undertaking an Art and Design course at this level by presenting a portfolio of current / recent Art & Design work, including sketchbooks. Your work needs to demonstrate your creative abilities, including your ability to draw from direct observation, paint, handle materials and make three dimensional work. Please also bring evidence of research into different artists.

Pre-entry preparation:
Applicants will need to bring a strong portfolio of artwork to interview that demonstrates a considerable level of commitment and creativity. The portfolio should include drawing from direct observation and the use of different materials, techniques and processes.

A holiday project is set prior to the start of the course which is submitted for assessment in September.


Students are continually assessed throughout the course. Assessment takes many different forms, both written and verbal. There are designated assessment points throughout the year when units of study are assessed against the Level 3 Diploma grading criteria. Each unit is graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. Each grade is equivalent to points (e.g. Pass = 70, Merit= 80, Distinction=90) which are aggregated at the end of the course to determine a final grade for the qualification. The Level 3 Diploma qualification is the vocational equivalent to 1.5 ‘A’ levels.

Financial information

There is a supplementary course fee of £60 payable at enrolment. This is a studio fee contribution that goes towards paying for specialist materials such as timber, metals, clay, fabrics, printing inks etc.

Students will also need to provide their own materials and equipment for daily use. We recommend that students budget for £10 per week for these materials.

It is highly recommended that students purchase an Art Pack from the College Shop at the beginning of the year. This has all the essential materials to start the course and is £100.00

Future opportunities

Progression Routes into Further Education
Successful completion of the 90-Credit Diploma is the vocational equivalent of 1.5 A levels and can facilitate progression onto the Extended Diploma in Art & Design course (the vocational equivalent to 3 A levels). The Extended Diploma is completed over one year and enables students to study their chosen area of specialism in great depth. Students build a portfolio that can facilitate progression into Higher Education or employment within the Creative Industries.

Progression Routes into Employment
This qualification prepares you for hundreds of different careers within the Creative Industries. This may include textile design, fashion design, jewelery design, product design, graphic design, illustration, education, art therapy. Our courses have been designed for you to succeed in this fast-growing sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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