UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design + IBCP — Overview
The UAL Extended Diploma: Art & Design + IBCP is an exploratory two-year equivalent to A-levels that we’re offering as part of the new International Baccalaureate Career related Programme (IBCP).
Providing a fast-paced introduction to materials, techniques and processes, your practical work for the Level 3 Extended Diploma will be supported by contextual studies covering a wide range of art, design and media practices – ensuring that your thinking and making intersect.
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.
With a contemporary ethos and a commitment to developing your independent voice, the Extended Diploma element of this framework of study will help you begin to forge your individual creative identity alongside sharpening your written and communication skills for interviews and presentations, 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.
Throughout the programme, 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 creative industries.
“If you want a creative career, I don’t think a traditional sixth form will get you where you want to be. Study at Palace Court – there are incredible resources, fantastic spaces and knowledgeable minds here. Use them.”
- Jordan Mortlock, UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design (Photography) student and Origins 2017 award winner
Creating your own unique response to themes like culture, entrepreneurship, diversity, and the environment, you’ll learn about a range of audiences and potential applications for your work across the creative sector.
And through projects like our annual, student-led pop-up shop, Design to Sell, you’ll learn how to promote yourself as a creative professional.
What will I get out of it?
You will be guided by a team of lecturers who are professional artists, designers and media practitioners, and you’ll be supported by technicians who are highly skilled in a wide range of 2D, 3D and 4D (time-based) techniques.
Our students have plenty of opportunities to take part in external activities.
We encourage involvement in higher education and employment progression events as well as numeracy and literacy rich creative competitions, such as ARTiculation – a national public speaking competition – and the Creative Conscience awards, which focus on social interaction and positive change.
Study trips give you some great cultural experiences nationally and internationally – previous exhibition and gallery visits have included London, Berlin and New York.
You’ll also benefit from regular contact from visiting artists, designers, media practitioners and thinkers to provide insight into working life.
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.
What will I be doing?
From the outset, you will be supported in developing your individual creative voice. Working in a dynamic, professionally equipped art college, you’ll be supported by expert makers as part of a vibrant student community.
The first year of the Extended Diploma gives you a broad introduction to the creative industries, and you’ll experiment across a range of media and materials to shape, test and develop your ideas, expanding your creative and critical thinking.
Working towards the same brief, you will experience a series of industry-relevant and conceptual projects, collaborating with students from other specialist subject areas to create unique and exciting work.
The second year of the Extended Diploma has a professional focus, with an emphasis on preparation for degree level study or working in the creative industries.
Developing your creative autonomy and independence, you will write your own briefs guided by experienced staff who will also help you navigate professional spaces – reducing the gap between school and the studio.
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.
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.