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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.