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Art and Design (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

This Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design aims to provide a firm foundation in core art & design practice, and to encourage personal development and expression. The course helps learners to find out what they enjoy, what they are good at and allows them to develop a set of valuable skills for future study and work. University of the Arts, London Awarding Body (UAL) qualifications are recognised and highly regarded across the country, are designed by some of the best art, design and media educators in the world. Blackburn College is one of only 10 Colleges in the country to have a UAL progression agreement, which means that our students will benefit from:

  • A guaranteed interview with a UAL College/University
  • Industry specialised lecturers
  • Advice & guidance from a UAL representative
  • Help with mock interviews, specific to UAL criteria
  • UAL set assignments

As part of the UAL agreement, Blackburn College tutors will also meet and share good practice with the other 9 UAL approved colleges around the country, to make sure our students are receiving the best learning experience possible. We have a first class record in placing talented students on the best degree course at institutions such as Goldsmiths, The Slade, , Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Ravensbourne, Chelsea School of Art & Design, Ruskin School at Cambridge, Leeds College of Art, Wimbledon, Camberwell College of Art and London College of Fashion.

Course content

The course is made up of 9 units in year one and a further 4 larger units in year two. Year one focuses on developing the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle more challenging and specific creative assignments in year two. Learners are given a range of projects that challenge them to explore different areas of creative practice from core drawing skills (life drawing, visual studies) to solving 3D, textiles, photographic or graphic communication problems, supported by contextual studies throughout.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a BTEC/Level 2 Merit or Distinction Grade portfolio, or at least four GCSEs at Grades A* to C (including English Language). Equivalent qualifications will be considered. All students will need to demonstrate an active interest in art and design.


In this qualification learners engage with study through project work. Development is progressive taking learners through workshops, lectures and practical assignments at the beginning. All assignments are pass or fail only up until the end of year one, were an interim grade assesses progress and year two in the unit, Project Proposal and Realisation in which each learner specialises. Here the learner is at the pinnacle of their learning when they are awarded their overall grade, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

This qualification is mapped to the Level 3/4 UAL Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma (Media) at Blackburn College. Many learners wish to complete this diverse, higher level course before they progress onto University or employment. Learners can also progress to Art & Design related degree courses at the University Centre at Blackburn College, or to a whole range of other art, design and media related degree courses at leading institutions in the United Kingdom. Some learners also progress directly to employment within the creative industries.

Many students choose to progress on to programmes at University Centre at Blackburn College which allow you to follow a range of specialisms. These include:

  • studying Graphic Communication - Graphic Communication BA (Hons)
  • studying Illustration & Animation - Illustration and Animation BA (Hons)
  • studying Photography - Photographic Media Foundation Degree FdA
  • studying Textiles - Contemporary Textiles Foundation Degree FdA
  • studying Interior Design - Contemporary Design for Interiors Foundation Degree FdA
  • studying Fashion - Contemporary Fashion Foundation Degree FdA
  • studying Fine Art (Integrated Media) - Fine Art (Integrated Media) BA (Hons)

These courses are all validated by UK Top 10 Lancaster University. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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