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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) + IBCP — Overview

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) + IBCP is a fast-paced and practical route, giving you the skills to develop ideas and design for a range of areas in the fashion and textiles industries, as part of the International Baccalaureate Career related Programme (IBCP).

This Level 3 Extended Diploma route is for the makers and the designers. 

With projects across fashion, textiles, styling, promotion and fashion business, you will discover your strengths and define your future path. 

You’ll sample extensively across a variety of techniques and processes, developing an innovative approach.

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.

Learning is supported by industry standard facilities including industrial sewing machines, textile printing, photography and film equipment, Adobe creative software, and trend forecasting tools such as WGSN – with access to facilities at our undergraduate campus, such as 3D printing, laser cutting and more.

With a contemporary ethos and a commitment to developing your independent voice, the Extended Diploma element of this framework of study will prepare you for a career in the fashion and textiles industries, while the IBCP will empower you to become a self-confident, skilled, and principled learner, ready to pursue your career on an international stage.

Students take their designs to the catwalk in their self-curated show.

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, designed to create exceptionally well-rounded learners with an international perspective on the world.

You will have the chance to market your finished products in pop-up shops, such as our student-led annual Design to Sell event.

We also have an established work placement offer, providing opportunities to work with companies such as matchesfashion.com and Hunger magazine.

Completion of the IBCP will give you a competitive advantage when entering Higher Education or moving directly into your 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.

As part of the IBCP, you’ll also complete two International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects, choosing from English Literature, Film, History, Business Management, Mathematics, Environmental Systems & Societies, Visual Arts, or Psychology, 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.

The core skills include 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.

And the Personal and Professional Skills module closely aligns with the skills we’ve been teaching our students for years as part of our ‘Character Project’. This is about preparing you for the life ahead of you, developing grit, integrity and resilience, alongside all the interpersonal skills needed to pitch to clients and develop lasting working relationships.

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: fashion designer, interior designer, stylist, textile designer, print designer, costumier, or milliner.

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Students showcase their work to the public at our annual Design to Sell event.

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 (Fashion & Textiles) + 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 (Fashion & Textiles) + IBCP — Staff

Julia Stean

Julia Stean
Course Leader

Julia Stean’s own work crosses both the visual arts and performance with installations exhibited across the South from Reading to Devon, as well as in Manchester. She also ran her own crafts business creating bespoke home furnishings.

Julia has 12 years of teaching practice across many levels and varieties of students from Level 2 Art and Design to Foundation Diploma, Degree students to Adult Education. Julia started teaching at PCA in 2001 following teaching on Foundation Diploma at Exeter College. She became Course Leader of the ED Fashion and Textiles in 2005 and has developed an original and exciting course, which gives students varied, opportunities and challenges and prepares them well for professional working life.

Liz Jakowyszyn

Liz Jakowyszyn
Lecturer

Liz Jakowyszyn is a textile designer who has a passion for Art and Design, and is always broadening her subject knowledge through private practice and research.

Liz graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Textile Design, where she specialized in woven textiles.  After finishing university Liz moved to London where she worked for a menswear company designing woven and printed textiles as well as graphics for a variety of customers that included Fat Face, Topman, French Connection and many more.  By the time Liz left she was Senior Designer.  This role had involved her training new members of staff, which highlighted an interest that she decided to explore, teaching.

Alongside this Liz worked as a freelance womenswear textile designer selling work internationally through an agent.  She also had a small textile stationary business, selling in London Markets on Brick Lane.

After relocating back to the South West, Liz joined Plymouth College of Art in 2011 as a teaching assistant, and in 2012 started studying for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education for the Lifelong Learning Sector at Plymouth University, continuing to work with the BTEC Fashion and Textiles team and students as part of her placement.

Liz maintains industry links which she is keen to use in order to help students develop.


Jess Dyer
Lecturer

Jess Dyer graduated from UCA Rochester with a first class BA in Printed Textile Design, where she developed a range of textile skills ranging from tradition textile designs such as screen print and embroidery, through to digital print design, pattern cutting, fashion design, and interior product design. In her work she enjoys creating  unusual juxtapositions and influences, merging and clashing to create bold and unusual surface design.

Jess has worked at Mary Katrantzou in London as a print designer, where her job role included generating digital surface print designs, sourcing fabrics from around Europe, and fabric allocations to manufacturers.

She then returned to the South West to train as a lecturer at Plymouth University, on the PGCE program. She undertook her placement with Plymouth College of Art, and then secured a position as a lecturer within our pre-degree fashion and textiles course.

After working at the college for a few years, Jess wanted to expand her teaching experience with a different age range of students, and she applied to teach on the college’s Young Arts programme, teaching a range of skills including fashion, textiles and art and design to students aged 9 to 16.

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 (Fashion & Textiles) + IBCP — Student Work

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) + IBCP — Students Say

Joslin Rashleigh

“I’ve only been here a few weeks but already I feel I belong – much more than I did in secondary school. There’s so much more freedom – and the staff care about you. It’s much more pastoral. I did textiles at Bodmin to acquire some basic skills. I checked out Falmouth but Plymouth seemed the better of the two. Already I feel so much further on. Eventually I want to do avant garde high fashion – sculpture – fashion as the art of the body. There’s nothing here to hold me back.”

Lewis Jones 

“I did the First Diploma here before getting on to this course, and that gave me a chance to try lots of different areas of art and design. Before that I’d done GCSEs at school and got the grades I needed. The friends I’ve made started the course at the same time. I’ve got more in common with them. They’re more like-minded. There’s no way I wanted to stay on at school. I’m enjoying every minute of it here. I love the busy-ness, I couldn’t wait to get started. Contextual studies helps me see how a designer can get inspiration from different things, and that kind of historical research is really useful. I’m really happy. I can’t imagine doing anything else, and I can come in on extra days to use the facilities.”

Emma-Louise Thompson

"I used to come to Saturday Arts Club here when I was 13 and it opened my eyes to genres and media I’d no access to at school. I gained a Bronze Art Award and was a ‘buddy’ for an Arts Club friend. I did my GCSEs in partnership with the College as I didn’t like the school environment. I’ve learned a lot already about sewing, designing, even life drawing and pattern cutting. I’m enjoying fashion promotion and marketing, too. We’ve done several trips to research retail environments and concepts, for example in Exeter and London. It also helps us to get to know one another and we really get on well."

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) + IBCP — Careers & Alumni

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) + IBCP — Entry Requirements

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