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

Course description

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education. The Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma offers a fantastic opportunity for you to explore a range of exciting creative techniques and processes.

This course is aimed primarily at those who have recently completed their secondary education and is a practical based programme that covers a broad range of Art and Design subjects. The qualification has been written with the support of University of the Arts London Institutions including Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art. The course will prepare you with the skills and creative thinking these institutions and other HE institutions require for their undergraduate courses.

The course will give you the knowledge, skills and understanding to explore, develop and test your creativity in areas such as fine art, drawing, painting, ceramics, glass, mixed media image creation, specialist design software, textile processes, printmaking and photography.

Course content

During the first year you will be taught the required skills across a range of common art and design areas. You will learn how to extend your creative approach to the use and manipulation of a broad range of materials, processes and 'making' skills, as well as how to use tools, equipment and materials appropriate to the required production techniques.

The first year is structured to allow you to shape an individual route to build your practical skills and creative potential through a series of themed projects using a broad range of 2D and 3D media such as ceramics, glass, mixed media image creation, specialist design software, textile processes, printmaking and photography. In addition to the practical work, you will also have the chance to develop your research skills alongside developing your understanding of visual language and how it is used to communicate ideas and concepts in art and design. You will also work on assignments to generate evidence, produce contextual and historical research, research idea development and show evidence of creative problem solving.

In the second year you will then go on to concentrate on developing specialist skills in one or more of these areas, building a portfolio of work that will not only enable you to successfully obtain the qualification but also gain you a place at the university of your choice. This course is the ideal preparation for entry into a diverse range of higher education courses and careers within the creative industries.

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is four GCSEs at grade C including one of English or Maths.


Each unit has interim assessment points and a final, which is pass/fail. Your final unit in each year is graded pass, merit, distinction and this will be your yearly grade if all units are successful. There are no exams on the main award; it is all assessed on practical work.

Future opportunities

Foundation Art and Design Diploma, Higher Education/university or employment. For any career in art and design it is recommended that you go into Higher Education to do a specialist degree or foundation degree. Your portfolio of work is designed to get you accepted on to a course in Higher Education such as a BA (Hons) or a foundation diploma in art and design.

We offer a one-year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and a two year HND in Art and Design (Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts).

Further information

We encourage all students to read widely and conduct their own research into the world of art and design. Visits to galleries and exhibitions form a key part of broadening your knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary practice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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