- Subject Area
- Design & Visual Arts
If you haven’t yet decided which art and design discipline you’d like to focus in, don’t worry. This UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma will allow you to develop your creative flair further, explore more imaginative ideas & designs, and create visual solutions across a range of mediums.
You’ll get the opportunity to complete projects and develop your technical & creative skills that will be relevant for any future specialism in this dynamic and ever-changing industry. This could include a focus on art production techniques and methods, or a closer look at digital & hand rendering graphics, alongside fashion & textiles applications or photography and digital image manipulation.
Throughout this Level 3 course in Art & Design, you’ll be challenged by a number of assignments, including live briefs set by the industry and personal exhibitions, each designed to test your skill and creativity at every stage, and prepare you for degree-level study or employment. As with nearly all of our creative qualifications this diploma and extended diploma is awarded by University of the Arts London Awarding Body - the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.
To enrol on this Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design, you’ll need to have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths or English. You can also progress from the Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a merit grade profile.
Adult learners may also gain entry to the course without these qualifications providing they can demonstrate an ability to cope with the demands of study based on their previous experience, commitment, interest and ability which will be assessed at interview.
Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.
How will I be assessed?
In the early part of the course, you will build your skills in all areas of study and will receive assessment feedback, both part way through and at the end of each project. This will give you constructive advice to help you improve your performance. Your final grade will be assessed through a final major project.
As part of the continuous assessment, you’ll be expected to study outside of designated art and design studio sessions, attend exhibitions and galleries, and do further contextual reading, all of which requires an additional commitment outside of normal course hours.
Continuing Your Journey
You’ll have a wide range of opportunities open to you when you have completed this Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design, with many students choosing a specialism after this and applying for higher-level courses or apprenticeships.
You could stay with us at The Manchester College and complete a Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice or an HND in Fashion, or you could head straight into employment, with a huge number of roles and careers in design and visual arts waiting for you.
Fees, Finance & Funding
Most equipment for this course will be provided, but you’re expected to buy your own materials for the Final Major Project. Any trips or visits are usually funded by yourself, but can be subsidised by the college at times.
If you are required to pay any fees for this course, or you need help affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available that are specially designed to help you. These range from grants and bursaries to dedicated loans for education. You can find out more on our fees, finance & funding page.
Got a question?
Do you want to ask us about something specifically on this course, or find out more about the possible career opportunities this qualification can help you get?
Whatever questions you might want to ask, big or small, our course enquiry team is more than happy to help! Just send us a message or give us a call here.
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Design & Visual Arts
If you never stop doodling on scraps of paper or love nothing more than redesigning and upcycling your old clothes, then a course in Design & Visual Arts could be just what you need to express your creativity and hone your artistic flair.