Develop your individual creative voice and experience a diverse range of pathways including Fine Art, Painting, Drawing & Printmaking and 3D design through this flexible programme of creative practice.
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.
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.
This flexible programme is focussed on developing your individual voice within contemporary creative practice. Your projects will help you develop your visual language skills, creating personal outcomes in 2D, 3D and Time Based materials, while engaging with local and global issues and testing your creative problem-solving. Your final projects of Year 1 and Year 2 will give you the creative freedom to write your own brief, and forge your own path.
Our practical workshops including Printmaking, Drawing, Wood, Metal and Ceramic, will broaden your horizons and help you build a portfolio of skills and industry knowledge. In these industry led workshops you’ll experience a wide range of both traditional and contemporary materials, techniques and processes that will help you define and realise your creative potential.
Your practical work will be supported throughout by thought provoking contextual studies, guest lecturers and Live Briefs which will push your thinking further and develop your understanding of your place within the creative industries.
This contemporary and exciting course will allow you to develop your individual voice, supported in an art-based environment with the broadest range of technical facilities in the region. Our dedicated Pre-Degree campus will enable you to meet students from other creative pathways who you can collaborate with and see the full potential of working within a creative community.
We’ll also support you in building your professional employability skills such as presentation skills, written and communication skills, and portfolio development, resulting in you being confident and independent, and ready to progress into Higher Education or employment in your chosen field.
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 18 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.
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.
Plymouth College of Art was awarded International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status in Spring 2019, becoming the first non-private education provider in the South West to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), which will be taught in conjunction with its existing A-Level-equivalent UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas. From September 2019, 16 to 18-year-olds in the region will have access to this world-class framework of education, combining vocational skills with academic excellence.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
The Skills Project is a balanced taxonomy and self assessment tool directed towards our learners reflecting and assessing on their progress throughout the duration of their Pre-Degree study programme.
Skills serve as the bridge between knowledge and performance. In the emerging performance economy, this bridge is every learner’s path to success. The Skills Project will be the mechanism by which our learners develop knowledge and creative practice effectively to improve individual and collective skill sets.
The Skills Project will prepare our learners for a future that is increasingly unpredictable. Developing a focus on skills and human capital will provide them with a strong foundation from which to build a sustainable and diverse career trajectory.