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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts — Overview

This dynamic and challenging course is taught within a lively, dedicated creative community of professional designers and interactive specialists. 

It will help you progress towards a career in design or illustration, or in the highly technical and rapidly evolving world of interactive media and game arts.

You’ll gain insight into the techniques and applications of graphics, illustration and game arts. You will also explore the fascinating fundamentals of communications science and how people interact with computer games. 

The first term gives you a broad and exciting introduction to the world of the creative industries. You will experience a series of fast-paced, industry-relevant projects, in which you work with other specialist areas and, as a result, create unique and exciting work within your own subject area. 

You will also get to choose a specialist pathway and focus your studies on graphics, illustration or game arts. We’ll give you a solid grounding in the art and design processes, materials and digital drawing techniques that are used within the world of design. 

You’ll also develop an understanding of the context of interactivity and games design, including the evolution of mobile technology for handheld devices and apps. 

Regular lectures on the history of design, typography, advertising and illustration will underpin and complement your studio work. 

Sessions cover a whole range of disciplines – illustration for typographical and illustrative posters, packaging design, book cover design, magazine spreads, corporate identities, brochure design, 3D modelling as well as 2D/3D/4D design, interactive design, photography, websites, advertising, type design, animation and book illustration. 

Students exhibit their work at our annual Graduate Shows.

We can offer you expert tuition and the outstanding facilities of a dedicated design and development suite.

Study trips give you some great academic and cultural experiences on this course and include exhibition and gallery visits to Bristol and an opportunity to visit Auschwitz in Poland.

Among the more specialist digital skills that you’ll develop are technical and creative image manipulation and 3D computer modelling.  

Nick Dellano from the Voice Group visits our students.

We’ll guide the development of your drawing and design skills, encouraging you to experiment with materials and techniques whilst also teaching you how to communicate ideas in powerful and memorable ways - giving you the confidence to present and discuss your ideas with employers or universities.

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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts — Modules

Unit 1: Introduction to visual language - This unit will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for the confident application of visual language in a range of art and design activities.

Unit 2: Introduction to research skills - This unit will provide you with an introduction to a range of research activities and related skills appropriate to the support of art and design. The unit will also develop an understanding of the vital role that research plays in informing and developing ideas.

Unit 3: Introduction to critical and contextual awareness - This unit will provide you with an awareness of the critical perspectives and contextual frameworks that support practical activity in art and design.

Unit 4: Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills - This unit will provide you with an introduction to a range of materials and processes used in art and design, their particular characteristics, and the related technical skills necessary to record experiences and articulate ideas.

Unit 5: An integrated approach to 2D problem solving - This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse and integrate research, contextual understanding, materials, methods and skills to solve 2 dimensional problems in art and design.

Unit 6: An integrated approach to 3D problem solving - This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse and integrate research, contextual understanding, materials, methods and skills to solve 3 dimensional problems in art and design.

Unit 7: An integrated approach to time based problem solving - This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse and integrate research, contextual understanding, materials, methods and skills to solve time-based problems in art and design.

Unit 8: Developing an art & design project - This unit will require you to make use of the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in previous units to complete an art and design project. This unit will also provide an opportunity for you to explore in greater depth an art and design activity of your choice.

Unit 9: Opportunities for progression - To introduce you to the range of progression opportunities within art and design education and the related employment market. To support informed application to art and design education or art and design related employment.

Unit 10: Characteristics and contexts - To develop a greater self-awareness and understanding of your creative abilities through an exploration of the characteristics and context of an art and design activity.

Unit 11: Preparation for progression - To develop your knowledge and understanding of progression routes and related application processes within art and design. To prepare you for entry and application to higher education or employment within art and design.

Unit 12: Engaging with an audience - To develop your knowledge of, and responsiveness to, the distinctive and individual audiences for specific art and design activities. To use this knowledge and understanding to develop more focused and enhanced creative solutions to art and design problems.

Unit 13: Project proposal and realisation (Level 3) - To enable you to take responsibility for your own learning by demonstrating your achievement in proposing and realising a project which integrates contextual perspective, research, problem solving, planning and organization, evaluation and reflection, and practical, technical and presentational skills.

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Unit 14: Project proposal and realisation (Level 4) - To enable you to take responsibility for your own learning by demonstrating your achievement in proposing and realising a project which integrates contextual perspective, research, problem solving, planning and organisation, evaluation and reflection, and practical, technical and presentational skills.

To find out more about studying on our Extended Diplomas, view our presentation put together by Curriculum Manager Tim Dickinson here.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts — Staff

Steven Forsyth, Course Leader

Steven is a Curriculum Manager and Course Leader for our Extended Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration course. Before that he led a Graphic Design course at South Essex College for 2 years.

Steven originally started teaching in Scotland where he worked in three different colleges including Glasgow Metropolitan College. Before becoming a teacher he worked as a Graphic Designer for just over 3 years in Design agencies around Britain including Citigate Smarts, Kiosk Creative and GRP5.

Steven focuses his teaching on developing learners as young artists and designers to support their progression onto their chosen route of development through employment or Higher Education.

 
Jake Howell, Lecturer

Jake is a creative practitioner with a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses drawing, illustration, printmaking and photography.

Since studying on the BA (Hons) Drawing and Applied Arts degree at the University of the West of England in 2011, he has continued to maintain an active studio practice, whilst developing personal projects.

Alongside his studio practice Jake completed a PGCE and now works as a part time educator - Jake has lectured for BA Illustration, Animation, and Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at PCA, he currently teaches on the pre-degree graphic design and illustration programme.

Jake’s specialist interest is in traditional intaglio printmaking processes and in life drawing. Jake’s own work is characterised by monochromatic depictions of places of sanctuary both man-made and in the natural world. His passions include: picture- book illustration, observational drawing methodologies and procedures, and drawing as a developmental process, its histories and context.

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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts — Student Work

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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts — Students Say


Atlanta Hanes

“I did a switch to the Extended Diploma so that I could concentrate on one thing. I’m interested in graphic design partly because, in a way, you can include every other art subject in it, and I quite like the fact that there’s always a brief or a pathway to follow. It’s quite nice always to have that bit of direction. The teaching’s really good. They’re designers as well, so no-one ever says, ‘that’s no good’. They’ll say, why not try that, or, maybe you should change that around. Everything’s done in a lot more detail with the Diploma. This year it’s more like this is real graphic design. I’m learning real techniques.”


Cameron Williamson

‘I started doing sixth form but dropped out, unsure of what Iwanted to study. I spent a couple of years unemployed, but I’d carried on drawing so decided to study Illustration. I’m going on to study BA (Hons) Illustration here. It’s about what you bring to it. I was always worried that I might fail after dropping out of school but I relaxed in the first week of being here’, he says.


Gregory Trewartha-Jones

“I really like the individuality of the course and that you’re given the freedom to work independently. You learn about a variety of different subjects in a relaxed environment – and there’s great resources available too.”

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts — Careers & Alumni

When you successfully complete this two-year course you’ll gain a Level 3 Extended Diploma – equivalent to three full A-levels, or a maximum of 168 UCAS points. 

Throughout your 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 industry, and opening up the many career paths that are available within graphic design, illustration and game arts. 

Students have been given some great briefs in the past, including a pre-degree wide collaboration with Knee Deep festival, where they were able to merchandise stalls and create art installations across the festival site. 

Depending on which specialist direction you choose, by the end of the course you will have developed the skills that you’ll need for roles in software houses or design agencies, or to work freelance.

As well as the ongoing advice, guidance and support you’ll receive from your course team, the college has a specialist careers service that will help you make the right decisions for your future.

A high proportion of our students choose to continue their studies to degree level: BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Illustration, BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern, BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Game Arts, BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programmes are all available at Plymouth College of Art.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts — Entry Requirements

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts — Resources

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