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Art and Design - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

At West Thames College, we offer some of the best BTEC Art and Design courses London has to offer. You can study courses from BTEC Foundation Level through to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. You can specialise at Level 3 with a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Animation and Games Design or Photography.

Our courses are taught by teachers who are practising designers with industry experience. Visits to design exhibitions are included as part of the course and we have an excellent reputation for cultivating top artists and designers.

‘Students have specialist art and design workshops and studios. These are safe, well presented and enlivened by inspiring displays of learners’ work.’ Ofsted 2014

This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and offers an exciting balance between introductory work across a range of art and design disciplines. It is designed to enable you to go on to higher education or a specialist career in art and design, and includes visits to museums and galleries.

Course content

The course will offer you experience in different Art & Design disciplines.

You will study:

  • 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
  • Contextual influences in art and design
  • Computers in art and design.

You will use the college's extensive range of specialised equipment and take part in practical workshops, lectures, debates, gallery visits and independent research. You will learn new skills and develop experience in a number of specialist techniques and approaches.

Your student learning adviser will guide and support you throughout your course and you will receive guidance for applications to university.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Entry requirements

4 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4 or a merit or distinction at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. We will ask to see a portfolio of your work when you come for your interview.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


The course is continuously assessed throughout the two years. In the final term of the course a final major project is assessed, examined and assessed externally. There is an end of course exhibition at the college in June.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

When you complete this course you may go on to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Higher National Diploma (HND) or a BA (Hons) degree, or into relevant employment.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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