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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + IBCP — Overview

The UAL Extended Diploma Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + 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 flexible route offers an in-depth understanding of the techniques and applications used in graphic design, illustration and game arts.

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.

You’ll be taught by a dedicated course team including professional designers, illustrators and interactive specialists who will guide the development of your drawing and design skills, encouraging you to experiment with materials and techniques while teaching you how to communicate ideas in powerful and memorable ways – giving you the confidence to present and discuss your work with employers or universities.

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.

Students exhibit their work at our annual Graduate Shows.

Among the more specialist Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts digital skills that you’ll develop are technical and creative image manipulation and 3D computer modelling, working with digital technologies such as Unity, Maya, 3D Studio Max and Adobe creative software.

You’ll develop an understanding of the context of interactivity and games design, including the evolution of mobile technology for handheld devices and apps.

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.

Nick Dellano from the Voice Group visits our students.

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.

“I really like the individuality of the course and that you’re given the freedom to work independently. You learn about a variety of different subjects in a relaxed environment – and there are great resources available too.”
- Gregory Trewartha-Jones, Extended Diploma Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts)


Future careers could include: game artist, editorial illustrator, graphic designer, concept artist, advertising designer, 3D modeller, or web designer.

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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 (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + 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 (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + IBCP — Staff

Steven Forsyth

Steven Forsyth
Course Leader

Steven is a Curriculum Manager and Course Leader for our Extended Diploma in Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts course. Before that he led a Graphic Design course at South Essex College for 2 years.

Steven originally started teaching in Scotland where he worked in three different colleges including Glasgow Metropolitan College. Before becoming a teacher he worked as a Graphic Designer for just over 3 years in Design agencies around Britain including Citigate Smarts, Kiosk Creative and GRP5.

Steven focuses his teaching on developing learners as young artists and designers to support their progression onto their chosen route of development through employment or Higher Education.


Jake Howell
Lecturer

Jake is a creative practitioner with a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses drawing, illustration, printmaking and photography.

Since studying on the BA (Hons) Drawing and Applied Arts degree at the University of the West of England in 2011, he has continued to maintain an active studio practice, whilst developing personal projects.

Alongside his studio practice Jake completed a PGCE and now works as a part-time educator - Jake has lectured for BA Illustration, Animation, and Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at PCA, he currently teaches on the pre-degree graphic design and illustration programme.

Jake’s specialist interest is in traditional intaglio printmaking processes and in life drawing. Jake’s own work is characterised by monochromatic depictions of places of sanctuary both man-made and in the natural world. His passions include picture- book illustration, observational drawing methodologies and procedures, and drawing as a developmental process, its histories and context.

Jack Bishop

Jack Bishop
Lecturer

Jack is a Graphic Design lecturer for our Extended Diploma in Graphic Design, Illustration & Game Arts course. Jack focuses his teaching on developing learners as young, new designers encouraging them to work through multi-disciplinary, experimental approaches.

He supports learners progression onto their chosen route of development through employment or Higher Education.

Before becoming a teacher Jack worked as a Graphic Designer for just over three years in design agencies around the UK including Sweet Creative, Campbell Hay and Nelmes Design.

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 (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + IBCP — Student Work

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + IBCP — Students Say


Atlanta Hanes

“I did a switch to the Extended Diploma so that I could concentrate on one thing. I’m interested in graphic design partly because, in a way, you can include every other art subject in it, and I quite like the fact that there’s always a brief or a pathway to follow. It’s quite nice always to have that bit of direction. The teaching’s really good. They’re designers as well, so no-one ever says, ‘that’s no good’. They’ll say, why not try that, or, maybe you should change that around. Everything’s done in a lot more detail with the Diploma. This year it’s more like this is real graphic design. I’m learning real techniques.”


Cameron Williamson

‘I started doing sixth form but dropped out, unsure of what Iwanted to study. I spent a couple of years unemployed, but I’d carried on drawing so decided to study Illustration. I’m going on to study BA (Hons) Illustration here. It’s about what you bring to it. I was always worried that I might fail after dropping out of school but I relaxed in the first week of being here’, he says.


Gregory Trewartha-Jones

“I really like the individuality of the course and that you’re given the freedom to work independently. You learn about a variety of different subjects in a relaxed environment – and there’s great resources available too.”

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + IBCP — Careers & Alumni

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

Throughout your course, you’ll have the chance to collaborate on live assignments with external clients, gaining a real understanding of what it means to work in the industry, and opening up the many career paths that are available within graphic design, illustration and game arts.

Students have been given some great briefs in the past, including a pre-degree wide collaboration with Knee Deep festival, where they were able to merchandise stalls and create art installations across the festival site.

Depending on which specialist direction you choose, by the end of the course you will have developed the skills that you’ll need for roles in software houses or design agencies, or to work freelance.

As well as the ongoing advice, guidance and support you’ll receive from your course team, the college has a specialist careers service that will help you make the right decisions for your future.

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.

A high proportion of our students choose to continue their studies to degree level: BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) IllustrationBA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern, BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Game Arts, BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programmes are all available at Plymouth College of Art.

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + IBCP — Entry Requirements

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + IBCP — Resources

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) + IBCP — Interview

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