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

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Course Code: FE0030-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who have already achieved at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. See the Entry Requirements tab above for other requirements Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication

Why this course?

Fashion design

Based within the exciting and vibrant Creative Industries department, our art & design courses provide you with the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of subjects including drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics, illustration and digital skills. 

  • Opportunities to gain valuable work experience with external clients
  • Highly experienced teaching team
  • Strong track record of progression to prestigious universities
  • Fantastic facilities and your own studio space

The Diploma is awarded on completion of Year 1 and the Extended Diploma on completion of Year 2.

The creative economy employed 3.12 million people in the UK in 2017—1 in 11 of all UK jobs.


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Start dates

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Qualifications required

To start at this level, you need at least four GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and a creative subject.

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.  

Additional requirements

A portfolio of your creative work.

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.

About this course

You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and processes in order to find your area of specialism. Industry based projects and work experience are a key feature of the art & design course, enabling you to to develop employability skills with the confidence to progress in the creative industries. 

You will 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.

Topics include:

  • Exploring visual language and creative practice
  • Experimenting with 2D, 3D and 4D media
  • Developing skills across pathways: fine art, graphics, illustration, fashion, textiles, 3D, digital
  • Support with your progression
  • Final project and summer exhibition

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

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
  • 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

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. 

After this course

Further study

The majority of Year 1 Level 3 students progress on to the Year 2 Extended Diploma course, which enables students to study their chosen area of specialism in greater depth. On successful completion of the
Extended Diploma, you could progress to university degree courses (including the MET's degree courses), or start an apprenticeship or seek employment.

Future careers 

  • Fashion/textile designer
  • Graphic designer or illustrator
  • Product/interior/furniture/jewellery designer
  • Architect
  • Teacher/museum curator
  • Freelance artist/craftsperson

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.

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.

Open events

Register for our virtual open events to find out more about studying at the MET and hear from our teaching staff.


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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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