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Art and Design UAL level 3 Diploma at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

The UAL Diploma in Art & Design is a vocational course delivered within the context of the creative industry. It is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels. Because the course was created by one of the most prestigious Art universities in the country, they understand best how to prepare students for higher education as well as the creative industries. 
Throughout all projects there is a strong focus on the practical work and exploring a wide range of media. Part of the course is specifically dedicated to building a professional portfolio which is not only essential in ones application to higher education but is also essential course criteria. The course is also vocational so there are visits to various Art studios with live demonstrations. Students will also meet professional artists currently working in the Creative Industries. 
Students are expected to take advantage of links with Higher Educational institutions and use their extra curricular time to attend Saturday Schools, Summer schools and Foundation/Degree Show exhibitions and Tours. 

Course content

Students will develop skills to enable project based thematic enquiry and response, sequential development of ideas, expressive response offering unrestricted exploration and development. Visual research, analysis, observation and recording offering opportunities to work in a range of media. Critical appraisal and analysis. 

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE in Art and Design and/or a portfolio of work, Grade C GCSE in Art Textiles. 
Grade 5 in English is desirable as you will need to evaluate and analyse your work as the course progresses. 


Grading Domain 1 Application of knowledge and understanding 
Grading Domain 2 Development of practical and technical skills 
Grading Domain 3 Personal development for occupational roles 
Grading Domain 4 Application of generic skills
Although there are no external examinations once a project is submitted for internal marking, no re-submissions are permitted. 

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete UAL Level 3 Diploma are welcomed into all Art institutions as they have a well rounded and broad portfolio. All Higher Education establishments judge students based on their portfolio above everything else. The Art Department has strong links with Higher Educational Institutions but is also building links with local businesses in order to create Apprenticeship opportunities. 

Many of our students choose to study Art at higher educational institutions and, out of those who have applied, 100% have successfully gained a place.  Students have gone on to study degrees and foundation courses at such places as Ravensbourne, Kingston, Greenwich, Camberwell and Central St Martins.  The high success rate of students gaining places at university is down to the strong links with different higher educational institutions and encouraging students to take advantage of the benefits available such as Saturday School, Summer Schools, portfolio workshops and short term specialist skills courses, most of which are available through the prestigious University Arts London. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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