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Art and Design (3D and Graphics) UAL Extended Diploma Level 3 at New College Nottingham

Course description

This course is accredited by the University of the Arts London awarding body, Europe's largest specialist arts and design university. 

This two year course is the perfect step to take if you're looking to pursue a career in the fast-paced digital creative industry.

Enabling you to gain an in-depth understanding of the creative industry, the course will allow you to explore your interests in art and design with 3D work and graphics. You'll get to cover things such as graphic design, animation, 3D modelling, print media, digital photography, web design and concept art.

Alongside all of this you'll be studying in Nottingham's Creative Quarter, right in the heart of the action, you'll also get to use all of the latest top of the range equipment.

Course content

This course consists of the following:

Year 1 - Full UAL Diploma equivalent to 1.5 'A' Levels
Students will develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required to work independently and to direct their own learning. Students will cover a broad range of design elements that explore specialist areas including the following:  

  • Advertising 
  • Interior design
  • Product design
  • Design craft  
  • Architecture
  • Drawing
  • Life Drawing
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • 3D making
  • Digital design 

Year 2 - Full Extended Diploma equivalent to 3 'A' Levels
Students will have the opportunity to explore a design area of their choice, leading to their final major project and a portfolio of work for university or employment. Students will also be involved in an annual studio-based art show.

Projects often link to live briefs and competitions.

Entry requirements

Students must have ONE of the following:  

  • Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, Fashion or Media at merit, plus GCSE English or Maths at grades A*-C
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including Art, Design or Design Technology and English or Maths  
  • Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE Maths and/or English

A portfolio of art & design work is also required. Applications from mature students are welcomed.

Adults 19+ who have industry experience BUT do not have the necessary qualifications can be invited in for interview.


All full time further education courses are free for UK and EU residents who are between 16 and 18. If you're 19 or over please click here for information on how we can help with fees and speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0115 9 100 100.


Continuous with final assessment points at the end of year and year 2.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto the Art & Design Foundation Studies course or gain direct entry to a range of creative degree courses. 


If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • This former lace mill from the 1800s was once the centrepoint of the UK's world renowned lace manufacturing industry but now it's home to more than 50 of ncn's courses, including TV, Film and Digital Industries, Fashion, Multimedia, Games Development, Business and Administration, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, our HE Centre, ICT and many more.

      The building itself is some seven floors and in our fashion and textiles rooms right at the top of the building, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.
      Across the road we have our Visual Arts Academy housed within another impressive building located at 25 Stoney Street. Here we have vast rooms and studios with amazing light so that all our art, design and photography students can do their thing.
      It's no coincidence that ncn's Visual Arts and Fashion and Media and Digital Academies are in the heart of the Lace Market. The area has been named Nottingham's Creative Quarter where hundreds of small creative businesses operate from. This connnectivity and vibrant environment gives our creative students a head start!