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.
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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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.