Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Art and Design - Level 3 (UAL Diploma and Extended Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0030-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: UAL Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 / UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL UCAS Tariff: Pass 36, Merit 60, Distinction 84

Why this course?

In year 1, you will explore creative approaches and technical skills by developing an understanding of critical and contextual thinking.

You will be given a wide variety of project briefs across art and design, including fine art, graphics, illustration, fashion, textiles or 3D design.

There is also a focus on developing an understanding of the creative industries and your employability skills.

This diploma leads directly onto the second year, where you will gain specialist skills, creative understanding and the experience needed to progress to university, employment, or an apprenticeship.

If you wish to further your skills and have already completed A-Levels or another Level 3 qualification, this one year course can be used to build a portfolio to support your progression.

Brighton is renowned for its creativity and our creative industry facilities live up to that reputation. Our extensive range of specialist art studios and workshops are spacious and well-equipped. Our digital arts facilities are top-of-the-range and include a graphic design suite, 3D multimedia suite with motion capture, video studio and equipment, plus traditional dark rooms for photography. We also have Brighton’s cheapest art shop right here on campus.

Entry requirements

To start at Level 3, you will need at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above and a portfolio of your creative work.

Entry requirements

Course Units

  • Exploring and extending visual language in art and design
  • Developing contextual research methods
  • 2D, 3D and time-based problem-solving
  • Refining technical skills
  • Critical analysis and evaluation
  • In year two (the Extended Diploma), you will specialise in a chosen creative pathway

Assessment

The course is divided into three stages of which students are required to pass stage one and stage two. Stage three is graded at either pass, merit or distinction grades. Assessment will take the form of portfolio and sketchbook submissions at each stage. This will include practical art/design/photography work and written summary statements.


Facilities

  • Extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and art studios
  • 3D printer, laser cutting machine, large scale ink jet printer, Canon EOS DSLR cameras, Mac animation suite, photographic suite
  • Printmaking workshop (screen, lino, metal and dry point etching)
  • Plaster, ceramics and glass workshops
  • 3D wood, metal and plastics workshop including a forge, a pattern cutting room and fashion studio

Why the MET?

Work on real projects commissioned by internal and external clients and have chance to participate in contemporary fine art competitions and exhibitions.

You will be invited to participate in the prestigious ARTiculation Prize and have the opportunity to be nominated for the annual UAL Origins Exhibition.

The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in Brighton’s buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.

You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our Central Campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Work experience

The completion of work based experience can take a variety of forms with an external company or live projects, such as commissioned work from an internal or external client. Some past examples include: 

Working with RNIB to run community workshops

Placements at Design, Photographic and Architecture studios

Behind the scenes as stage hands at Brighton Dome and Glyndebourne

Working with a local fashion designer to help with their social media presence

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas. This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long-term benefits for the business and for students.


What's next?

The majority of year 1 Level 3 students progress on to the year 2 Extended Diploma in Art & Design course, which enables students to study their chosen area of specialism in greater depth. Students build a portfolio that can facilitate progression into university, Higher Education, employment or apprenticeships.  

Careers can include: 

  • Graphic designer 
  • Illustrator
  • Fashion designer or maker
  • Textile designer or maker (printed, woven, embroidered fashion, furnishing fabrics)
  • 3D designer, maker, jewellery designer or product designer
  • Interior designer
  • Spatial designer
  • Educator
  • Freelance practising artist
  • Art therapist

To help you think about careers within the creative industry have a look at these websites for jobs and schemes:

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase art materials and will be provided with an art materials list upon being offered a place on the course. 

You will also require a portable hard drive (500GB minimum) to support your learning.

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur extra costs.

You may want to purchase resources appropriate to the presentation of your work especially for the final major project final show e.g. presentation materials, structures, props etc.


Additional information

If you do not have GCSE grade 3 (C) or above in English or maths you will study for a relevant English and/or maths qualification.  

Project work for assessment will take the form of sketchbooks, design sheets and planners, and include your reflections and final outcomes. 

Entry to the course includes a portfolio review with the course leader. 

In your portfolio review you will be expected to demonstrate your interest, enthusiasm and commitment to undertaking an art and design course at this level by presenting a portfolio of current/recent art and design work, including sketchbooks, developmental work and some final pieces.  

Your work needs to demonstrate your creative abilities, including your ability to draw from direct observation, handle a range of different materials, and make three dimensional work. Please also bring sketchbooks with evidence of research and annotations of different artists/designers/photographers you have looked at in connection with your current work.

  • alumni Views Neve Pearce UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design Level 3

    “I wanted to learn different processes and experiment before specialising in prop making and the UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design course provided this perfectly”

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Careers

Potential Careers

Archivist or curator

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines, appraises and advises on the acquisition of exhibits, historic records, government papers and other material.
  • Classifies material and arranges for its safe keeping and preservation.
  • Maintains indexes, bibliographies and descriptive details of archive material and arranges for reproductions of items where necessary.
  • Examines objects to identify any damage and carries out necessary restoration whilst preserving original characteristics.
  • Makes sure that storage and display conditions protect objects from deterioration and damage.
  • Allows access to original material or material not on display for researchers.
  • Develops and promotes ideas for exhibitions and displays.
  • Negotiates loans of material for specialist displays.
  • Liaises with school and other groups or individuals, publicises exhibits and arranges special displays for general, specialised or educational interest.
  • Answers verbal or written enquiries and gives advice on exhibits or other material.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,567

AVERAGE £23,946

POTENTIAL £37,889

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Artist

Typical Tasks:

  • Conceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.
  • Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
  • Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc.
  • Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
  • Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
  • Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
  • Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
  • Produces works on commission basis for clients.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -1.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,706

AVERAGE £26,735

POTENTIAL £48,282

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Monitoring
  • Science

Graphic designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 3.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £18,077

AVERAGE £24,648

POTENTIAL £39,039

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Product, clothing or related designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
  • Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
  • Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
  • Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
  • Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,004

AVERAGE £23,790

POTENTIAL £38,415

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Science
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