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Art & Design | UAL Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0030-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication 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, the Extended Diploma, 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, the one year Extended Diploma 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.

Start dates

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Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.


19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!


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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.

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.  

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.

Extended Diploma

This is a two year course with one year per diploma. You will achieve the UAL Level 3 Diploma in the first year and the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the second year. 

Entry onto the extended diploma is dependent on completion of year one or an equivalent qualification. 

If you have already completed A-Levels or another Level 3 qualification, you can join the one year extended diploma course and build a portfolio to support your progression onto Higher Education or employment.



Course Units

Diploma - Year 1:

  • 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


Extended Diploma - Year 2:

  • Developing you chosen specialist pathway 
  • Independent work
  • Portfolio building
  • Final project
  • End of year exhibition

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

The Creative Industries department at Brighton MET has an extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and art studios.

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

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying.

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.


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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