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Art & Design (Fine Art) UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at Macclesfield College

Course description

This course provides a varied but focussed programme giving students the skills, experience and knowledge to progress to Higher Education and work as a fine artist. You will learn in a practical and theoretical way and explore how art can be applied to employment and the community. 

During the course students will study printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fine art painting, 2D and 3D making techniques, observational drawing, textiles, life drawing, contextual studies, portfolio building and preparation for progression. 

In Year 1 students will complete a Final Project for exhibition and go on educational visits to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester or London. In Year 2 students will go on a practical field trip to Pembrokeshire, produce a Final Major Project, and exhibit at the department’s End of Year Show. 

Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation within your budget.

The structure of the qualification, with units linked to provide coherence, will allow learners to synthesize newly acquired practical skills with theoretical knowledge and understanding as they explore their aptitude and ambition and the particular characteristics of a broad range of art and design disciplines. Learners will be encouraged to recognize, not only the unique characteristics of different disciplines, but also the dynamic and potentially innovative relationships between those disciplines,
particularly in a technologically driven environment.

Fine Art is one of the specialist pathways within the course.

The qualifications will require learners to develop a coherent and effective working methodology, through immersion, reiteration and reinforcement, which will enable them to react positively and creatively across a diverse range of assignments and creative activities within Fine Art.

Course content

This qualification aims to enable the candidate to: 

  1. Have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work in Fine Art 
  2. Research, analyze and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions in Fine Art
  3. Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production in Fine Art
  4. Solve complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding in Fine Art
  5. Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results
  6. Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision making
  7. Take responsibility for the research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities. 
  8. Effectively present themselves and their work to appropriate audiences through internal and external exhibitions of work and presentations.

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.

Entry requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following;

  • 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Art & Design
  • Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design at Merit grade

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further. You will be required to present a portfolio of your work at this interview.


The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma units are assessed through a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstration and assignment work. There are no external examinations. An overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction will be awarded on the exhibition of your final major project in your chosen specialist area.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Financial information

Students will be issued with a kit list at induction.

Future opportunities

On succesful achievement of this course you may wish to:

  • Apply to study at Higher Education to undertake the Foundation Studies, the HND or BA Hons degree
  • To pursue career opportunities within the creative industries

Career Opportunities
Progress to further education or employment within the creative industries.

Further information

In Year 1 you will complete a Final Project for exhibition and go on educational visits to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester or London. In Year 2 you will go on a 
practical field trip to Pembrokeshire, produce a final major project, and exhibit at the department’s End of Year Show. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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