UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design — Overview
The UAL Extended Diploma: Art & Design is an exploratory two-year equivalent to A-levels that we offer across five specialist routes.
Providing a fast-paced introduction to materials, techniques and processes, your practical work will be supported by contextual studies covering a wide range of art, design and media practices – ensuring that your thinking and making intersect.
With a contemporary ethos and a commitment to developing your independent voice, this course will help you begin to forge your individual creative identity alongside sharpening your written and communication skills for interviews and presentations.
We’ll also support you in building employability skills such as problem solving, resilience, and confidence using industry standard design software to tailor and refine your creative skillset.
Throughout the course, you’ll have the chance to collaborate on live assignments with external clients, gaining a real understanding of what it means to work in the creative industries.
“If you want a creative career, I don’t think a traditional sixth form will get you where you want to be. Study an Extended Diploma at Palace Court – there are incredible resources, fantastic spaces and knowledgeable minds here. Use them.”
- Jordan Mortlock, UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design (Photography) student and Origins 2017 award winner
Creating your own unique response to themes like culture, entrepreneurship, diversity, and the environment, you’ll learn about a range of audiences and potential applications for your work across the creative sector.
And through projects like our annual, student-led pop-up shop, Design to Sell, you’ll learn how to promote yourself as a creative professional.
What will I get out of it?
You will be guided by a team of lecturers who are professional artists, designers and media practitioners, and you’ll be supported by technicians who are highly skilled in a wide range of 2D, 3D and 4D (time-based) techniques.
Our students have plenty of opportunities to take part in external activities.
We encourage involvement in higher education and employment progression events as well as numeracy and literacy rich creative competitions, such as ARTiculation – a national public speaking competition – and the Creative Conscience awards, which focus on social interaction and positive change.
Study trips give you some great cultural experiences nationally and internationally – previous exhibition and gallery visits have included London, Berlin and New York.
You’ll also benefit from regular contact from visiting artists, designers, media practitioners and thinkers to provide insight into working life.
Throughout the two years you will develop a professional portfolio, readying you for your next steps in further study or employment.
What will I be doing?
From the outset, you will be supported in developing your individual creative voice. Working in a dynamic, professionally equipped art college, you’ll be supported by expert makers as part of a vibrant student community.
The first year gives you a broad introduction to the creative industries, and you’ll experiment across a range of media and materials to shape, test and develop your ideas, expanding your creative and critical thinking.
Working towards the same brief, you will experience a series of industry-relevant and conceptual projects, collaborating with students from other specialist subject areas to create unique and exciting work.
The second year has a professional focus, with an emphasis on preparation for degree level study or working in the creative industries.
Developing your creative autonomy and independence, you will write your own briefs guided by experienced staff who will also help you navigate professional spaces – reducing the gap between school and the studio.