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

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Course Code: FE0321-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

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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 areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics and illustration.

  • Northbrook MET is renowned for its creative industries courses
  • State-of-the-art studios and workshops
  • Facilities for a wide range of art and design disciplines
  • Industry-experienced teachers
  • The creative economy employed 3.12 million people in the UK in 2017—1 in 11 of all UK jobs

This course can be studied over two years; the UAL Diploma is completed in the first year and the UAL Extended Diploma in the second year.

In the second year, you will be able to specialise in areas of interest and develop a specific style often working with a preferred medium.

Start dates

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Entry requirements

To start at this level you need at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths, or a Level 2 qualification. You will also need a portfolio of your creative work.

A portfolio review with the course leader is required.

Your portfolio of work must demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You are required to bring sketch books, evidence of research and observational drawings, examples of developmental work as well as some final pieces. We are also interested in looking at work you have completed in your own time. There are a number of parental consultation evenings scheduled throughout the year which provide parents with the opportunity to gain feedback on your progress made at college.

If you do not have the above grades start on the Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design.


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.

About this course

You will have the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics and illustration. With projects across all these different areas, you will discover your strengths and define your future path. If you are looking for a career in the creative industries but are unsure what area that will be, these are the courses for you. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to a career in the creative industries with the energy and confidence to thrive.

Topics include
  • Drawing and painting
  • 3D, ceramics and sculpture
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Graphic design and illustration

Course units

  • Analytical drawing and transferable skills
  • Cultural and historical lectures
  • Studio practice
  • Introduction to visual language 
  • Research skills in art and design
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • 2D problem solving
  • 3D problem solving
  • Time-based problem solving
  • Opportunities for progression in art and design

In year 2 of this Level 3 course, you will choose a specialist area to study (fine art/graphics/3D design/textiles/digital art/printmaking).

Why the MET?

You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients and be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition.  

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

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.  

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 Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the art & design courses running alongside theatre arts and music courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

After this course

Further study

On successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma, you can progress to the second year Extended Diploma.

On successful completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma, you can progress to university-level course, either at the MET or at other universities throughout the UK.

Degrees at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Fashion Design,Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

Future careers

  • Artist/educator
  • Designer: fashion/textile/graphic/interior
  • 3D designer: jewellery/ceramics/craft/product design
  • Retail designer/curator
  • Creative director/entrepreneur

Course costs

You do not have to pay fees if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status, or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

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

Advanced Learner Loan for learners age 19+:

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Additional costs

The majority of the equipment and materials are provided by the college to enable you to complete each project. However, you will be required to purchase an art kit from the college at the start of the course.

We also recommend you budget for £10 per week for any other consumable materials you may need appropriate to the development of your work. 

There will be one trip in the year which will cost approximately £20.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND 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.

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