UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography) + IBCP — Overview
The UAL Extended Diploma: Art & Design(Photography) + 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 Extended Diploma route provides a dynamic environment for aspiring photographers to develop technical and creative skills, supported by a team of professional photographers with nearly 50 years teaching experience between them.
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 have access to some of the best photographic resources in the region, including industry standard digital and lighting equipment, professional studios and darkrooms, and will even have the opportunity to try underwater photography.
You’ll also benefit from regular visiting speakers on photography, such as Tom Oldham and Nicholas White, 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.
With a balance of theory and practical work, this course is a collaborative platform for you to explore a range of topics and themes – and you will be encouraged to bring your outside interests into your photographic projects and assignments.
You will study traditional film and darkroom techniques alongside Adobe Photoshop and other software, gaining core and specialist skills in studio lighting for portraiture, fashion, still life and product photography.
You will also benefit from practical workshops in studio and location photography, experimental techniques and digital media.
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.
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: photographer, art director, picture editor, photojournalist, or digital retoucher.
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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.