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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Film, Animation & Media Production

Course Duration

2 years; full-time

Aspire to be a filmmaker, animator or behind-the-scenes director? Find your future in the fast-paced world of moving image and content production on this challenging media-based study programme.

The full title of this award qualification is UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication. University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body supports innovative approaches to programme design and specialist delivery models within broader contexts. Therefore Pre-Degree students at Plymouth College of Art are offered the opportunity to pick from five creative pathways including; Art & Design, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Animation & Media Production, Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts, and Photography.

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The UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Film, Animation & Media Production provides students with a high degree of professional flexibility that can be mapped across various progression routes including freelance careers, creative and industrial employment, business development opportunities, university and higher-level apprenticeships.

No matter whether you are a filmmaker, photographer, designer, illustrator, artist, or something else entirely, this qualification provides an in-depth introduction to the creative industries, along with a broad foundation of related knowledge, skills and attributes that are part of the creative process. This provides you with an opportunity to develop your creative practice in a professional and agile manner, and work across different subject areas. It allows opportunities to collaborate, understand the wider aspects of creative practice and allows you to explore, test and experiment in your chosen specialism, as you start to develop the employable and industry skills that will help you build a career.

This Level 3 Extended Diploma course is a two-year equivalent to A-levels, and we are pleased to be able to offer the option for students to also study the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) alongside the Extended Diploma.

Our stimulating pre-degree programme is delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching. You’ll learn in a dedicated pre-degree campus, surrounded by creative inspiration and likeminded young people, all of whom are preparing for success in higher education and industry.

This practical and industry-focused route will help you find and develop your niche as a filmmaker, director, producer or animator. We teach the technical and social skills needed to succeed within the industry from a variety of perspectives: as a sole trader – such as a YouTuber – starting your own freelance business; or as part of an agency or production team.

You’ll benefit from one of the region’s best-equipped media departments, with access to industry-standard equipment such as Sony 4K cameras, LED lighting, camera stabilisation gear and a dedicated lighting studio.

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You’ll develop the skills and confidence to plan, develop and produce dynamic and thought-provoking film, audio and animation content, including online content production and social media.

Our students also work on live projects with collaborators including Tate and Plymouth Argyle – and we’ve partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI) to bring the prestigious BFI Film Academy to Plymouth.

Working across subject areas to script, shoot and produce, you’ll deliver real projects to a deadline as part of a cross-disciplinary team.

I have loved watching my son's confidence and self-esteem grow, in a course that has allowed him to focus and engage fully in building his skillset in his chosen career path. I am very proud of him.
Dianne, parent of second year student

Plymouth College of Art’s IBCP will incorporate our acclaimed creative UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas into a programme that also includes two International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects.

Adding the IBCP to your Extended Diploma is optional, and best suited to students aged 16 to 19 who have completed at least four GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* to C) including English and Maths, and are ready to progress onto an A-Level equivalent course specialising in one of our creative subjects, with plans to go on to a competitive university or ambitious career.

The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an internationally-recognised framework of career-related education for post-16 students that seeks to develop confident, critical thinkers who are prepared for modern life and equipped with the cross-cultural skills needed to succeed in their future careers, within the UK and across the world.

As part of the IBCP, you’ll also complete two International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects, choosing from English Literature, Business Management, or Environmental Systems & Societies, and core IBCP skills, preparing you to understand other cultures, to understand how people from other cultures might view you, and how to adopt the best working practices to fit in and thrive in any working environment around the world.

Recent research has shown that IBCP students “enrol and persist in university at higher rates than the national average” and more than half go on to attend very competitive or better higher education institutions, demonstrating that the IBCP prepares you to attain some of the most selective university places in the world.

All IB Diplomas and the levels that they are taught are subject to demand - for this reason, applicants must list IB Diplomas on their application in order of preference.

Year one Student Showreel, ED Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production)

Many of our students choose to continue their studies with us on degree programmes across art, design, craft and digital media. We guarantee our Extended Diploma students a place on one of our BA (Hons) programmes if they achieve a Merit or higher in their final assessment and meet any additional entry criteria.