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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — Overview

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP is a two-year equivalent to A-levels that we’re offering as part of the new International Baccalaureate Career related Programme (IBCP).

This practical and industry-focused Level 3 Extended Diploma route will help you find and develop your niche as a filmmaker, director, producer or animator.

From 2019 you’ll have the opportunity to study an Extended Diploma as part of our IBCP, which also incorporates two International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects and core IBCP skills and competencies that align with our existing Character Project to help develop students with the integrity, communication and personal skills necessary for success in a rapidly-changing world.

Our Extended Diploma will teach you 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.

Students visit John Akomfrah's immersive 'Vertigo Sea' at Bristol Arnolfini.

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.

Alongside the Extended Diploma, IBCP students will complete two IB Diploma subjects, choosing from English Literature, Film, History, Business Management, Mathematics, Environmental Systems & Societies, Visual Arts, or Psychology.

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

Explore moving image with one of the region’s best-equipped media departments.

All students at our Palace Court campus will learn additional skills through our ‘Character Project’, designed to empower their learning experience and prepare them to develop the resilience and interpersonal skills needed to succeed at work and life beyond education.

IBCP students will hone these abilities further, through the IBCP core skills, including Language Development, Service Learning, Personal and Professional Skills, and a final Reflective Project.

The Language Development element will help you to become an international learner, by exposing you to a language programme that helps you to communicate in more than one language and furthers your understanding of the wider world, which is more important for UK students now than ever before.

Students receive specialist workshops on our diverse media course.

In your Extended Diploma 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 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.

Students exhibit their work at our annual Design to Sell event.

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

And completion of the IBCP will give you a competitive advantage when entering Higher Education or moving directly into their chosen professional industry.

Recent research has shown that IBCP students “enroll 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.

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.

Many of our students choose to continue their studies with us on degree programmes across art, design and media.

Future careers could include: filmmaker, director, producer, animator, scriptwriter, production designer, editor, or concept artist.

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International Baccalaureate World School Status

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 19-year-olds in the region will have access to this world-class framework of education, combining vocational skills with academic excellence. Applications for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) are now open. 

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.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — 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.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — Staff

Tim Dickinson

Tim Dickinson
Course Leader

Tim is a video artist based in Plymouth, and one-half of the audio/ visual/performative duo ‘Got any rice’. His audio/visual and performative works have been exhibited at Plymouth Arts Centre, University of Plymouth, The Gallery (Plymouth), ‘PL:ay’ festival (Plymouth), Permanent Gallery (Brighton).

He is a committed and passionate arts educator who is always experimenting and testing accepted educational practice to ensure his course is as transparent and innovative as it can be. Tim has led college-wide innovations in relation to the use of online and social networking platforms within his course delivery and lead the charge away from formal sketchbooks to a much more fluid and dynamic blog approach.

The success of his students is testament to the skill Tim holds as an educator.

Selected works:

‘The Wire’ Research project promoting ‘Cafe Concrete’ collective in ‘The Wire’ magazine. Full page inside cover promotion and CD issued to 9000 subscribers. Project completed with publication in March 2010 (issue 313), and review of DVD in May 2010 (issue 315).
Testing Grounds Research project, audio visual and performative work as part of ‘Got any rice’. Testing Grounds (funded by Arts Council, South East) 30th January 2010, Permanent Gallery, Brighton.
VoxBox, Crossing Point, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, 19-21 May 2009.
CCPCP55 (Cafe Concrete Plymouth City Project 55) Plymouth Art Centre, December 2008.

Neil Rose

Neil Rose
Lecturer

Neil Rose is a sonic artist and academic who specialises in electroacoustic/acousmatic music, live performance, film, animation and design. He studied sonic arts at Middlesex University, and lectures in sonic arts here at the college.

Neil undertakes frequent collaborations with film and performance/live artists as well as being a successful recording artist, publishing on One C, Café Concrete and Prima Rosa records, and has had work internationally distributed and reviewed by The Wire magazine.

Selected Works:

Sound recording, editing for Melanie Manchot’s film ‘The Hall’
Sound recording, editing and composition for Erika Tan’s film ‘Sensing Obscurity’
Sound recording, editing and composition for Abigail Reynolds film work ‘Double Brass’
Production of digital audio system for install in Bath ICIA for Low Profile ‘Impromptu’
Design of performance interface for Mark Leahy ‘The Answering Machine’
Sound editing and composing for  Tom Marshman on LGBT projects delivered around the country (ongoing) ‘Move Over Darling’

Billy Abbott

Billy Abbott
Lecturer

Billy is a 3D artist who specialises in environment modelling, traditionally trained to work in the games industry, Billy now produces virtual models predominantly for production based work.

Billy is highly skilled in moving image and CGI technologies, supplying a post-production technical knowledge to the course team. He has a thorough education in media alongside a proactive and creative mindset towards teaching and learning.

Billy's knowledge of modern film, social media and marketing allows the course to consistently push boundaries in terms of content and scope.  


Camille Dalais Leacher
Lecturer

Camille is trained in writing for the media. Having studied a Masters Degree at Falmouth University College in Professional Writing Camille offers a variety of skills in this area. Amongst many, her scriptwriting, feature writing, critiquing and journalistic styles are to be admired and these excellently reflect in the classroom to the cohort of FE and occasionally HE learners.

She is also a keen musician and frequently supplies students with her knowledge of music’s juxtaposition with moving image.

Camille writes as a journalist in her spare time and currently collaborates with Devon’s Food and Drink Guide.    

Selected Works:

Food and Drink Guides
Teach Calmly
Piano Lessons Plymouth

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — Student Work

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — Students Say

Jasmine Hoey - Extended Diploma in Film, Animation & Media Production

"It's fun. You get all the support you could possibly need, and everyone's kind, caring – we all help each other out. I don't think you could get the same experience at school. It probably wouldn't be as much fun and the facilities wouldn't be as good. So it’s comfortable here – without being too cosy or too safe. You always feel nicely challenged – and you gain experience from that and you're not afraid to experiment. I live in Cornwall – it's an hour away – but it's worth the long trip. Every morning I wake up excited – even though I'm probably half asleep. I'm going to do the BA in Animation here."

Lee Douch - Extended Diploma in Film, Animation & Media Production

"I left school at 15. They said I was lazy. I joined the Army for five years and during that time I found out I have dyslexia. One day, on a whim, I came up here and asked if there were courses for people like me. I expected them to say no! At first it was a bit hard, being back in education with much younger people, and I did feel a bit out of sorts, but now I feel I’ve really fitted in. I love everything about being here. I suppose I’ve experience in things like project management that I can contribute. I can bring a bit of discipline to group projects! I want to be a film and theatre critic or journalist. My next stop will be HE in film journalism or a BA Film, then an MA in Journalism."

Hannah Ryan - Extended Diploma in Film, Animation & Media Production

"I went to a grammar school with high academic expectations. I felt there was too much structure for me there. I got good GCSE results and decided to study here where there are facilities and equipment that wouldn’t have been available at school. It makes a big difference that this is a specialist place for art and design, and everyone has a similar mindset. I’m well organised, but even if I wasn’t, this place would help me. I have a hearing problem and knew from day one that the support is there if I should ever need it. I plan to go into the music industry – reviewing, working for a label, finding new talent."

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — Careers & Alumni

You may progress onto a BA (Hons) degree at Plymouth College of Art; we offer an exciting range of creative degrees including Photography, Film, Media and Animation – or you may decide to study at another college or university.

Alternatively, you can take your new skills straight into the workplace. In addition to the ongoing advice, guidance and support you’ll get from your course team, we have a specialist careers service that will help you make the right decisions for your future.

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

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — Entry Requirements

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — Resources

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Film, Animation & Media Production) + IBCP — Interview

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