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

Course description

This focused and intensive one year course is for those with a real enthusiasm for Art and Design. The course builds on the work and units undertaken on the level 3 (90 Credit) Diploma course (Year 1). The Extended Diploma provides you with the opportunity to study a specialist pathway in greater depth; this could be in fashion, textiles, graphics, illustration, fine art or three dimensional design.

Initially, you will undertake projects to develop and extend your understanding of design methodologies, this will include interpreting briefs, researching and generating ideas, reviewing and modifying ideas as well as realising and evaluating final outcomes. You will also participate in a Contextual Studies programme to help strengthen your theoretical understanding of Art and Design.

In the 2nd and 3rd term you will experiment with different materials, techniques and processes. You will then select a pathway to specialise in and undertake a series of projects, mapped against Level 3 specialist units that will be connected to your area of interest and career progression.

In your final term you will demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have attained within your chosen specialist pathway in a Final Major Project and exhibit this in an End of Year Show.

The Extended Diploma qualification is the vocational equivalent of three A-levels at grade C or above, and through building a comprehensive Art and Design portfolio will facilitate your progression onto a wide range of higher education art or design courses or into employment.

Course content

YEAR 1 at City College Brighton and Hove: 
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

UNIT 5 Contextual Influences in Art and Design
UNIT 6 Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design
UNIT 9 Professional Practice in Art & Design
UNIT 10 Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design
UNIT 85 Exploring Specialist Techniques 
UNIT 86 Extending Specialist Techniques

Specialist UNITS:

UNIT 120 Fashion Media, Techniques and Technology and
UNIT 127 Fashion Visualisation
UNIT 107 Exploring Specialist Textile Techniques and
UNIT 108 Extending Specialist Textile Techniques
UNIT 37 Graphic Media, Techniques and Technology and
UNIT 45 Graphic Image Making
UNIT 48 Narrative Image Making and
UNIT 81 Printmaking
UNIT 82 Sculpture and
UNIT 89 Developing and Realising Design Craft Ideas
UNIT 77 Fine Art Principles and 
UNIT 78 Developing and Realising Fine Art Ideas

Entry requirements

Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design at merit grade. 

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.


There is continual assessment throughout the course and takes many different forms, both written and verbal. There are designated assessment points throughout the year when completed units are assessed against the unit 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 set of three grades for the qualification.

A Extended Diploma qualification is the vocational equivalent to 3 ‘A’ levels. Depending on your final three grades your Extended Diploma can be worth between 120 – 420 UCAS points (420 UCAS points is equivalent to 3 x A*s at ‘A’ Level).

Financial information

There is a supplementary course fee of £60 payable at enrolment. This studio fee goes towards basic specialist materials used during the year 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 a minimum of £10 per week for basic materials.

Future opportunities

The Extended Diploma qualification facilitates progression onto specialist art or design courses at Higher Education institutions.

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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