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

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Course Code: FE0321-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: West Durrington Campus 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?

This course allows you to experience a broad range of disciplines using workshops and studios equipped for creative practices, including painting, 3D design, textiles and graphics. The course is delivered through practical studio-based activity, together with research into contemporary and historical design practice. 

You will express yourself through the use of different materials, develop the discipline of location drawing in museums and galleries, and learn practical skills such as working in sketchbooks, presenting work and building a portfolio.

As well as developing the skills to research different artists and designers, the course has core elements of academic study skills such as meeting deadlines, working in a team, writing about your work, researching, analysing, presentation and discussion. The course delivery team will support you with guidance, helping you to identify your strengths, interests and action areas for further study.

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

September 2020 Apply

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

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths, and evidence of your art/design work or a relevant Level 2 qualification.

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.

Course Units

Course topics include:

  • 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.


On successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma 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, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

Future Careers

Careers in art and design 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

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

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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