Course Name: UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma in Art & Design

Course Assessment Method

Assessment is throughout the year and includes coursework, portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations/assignments and presentations. At the end of each year learners will complete an externally assessed unit

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs with 4 points or C grade and above, including 4 points or C grade in English or maths. Candidates are encouraged to gain points in all subjects taken. Alternatively, you will need an appropriate Level 2 qualification at merit grade and a satisfactory school report. We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

A good level of ICT knowledge is required.

What does it Cost?

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies. If you are 19+ years of age fees may apply, however help may be available.

To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What's Involved

The UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into an apprenticeship or employment.

The one-year Diploma is worth up to 84 UCAS points.

The two-year Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A* Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Distinction*).

The course provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity in a stimulating environment. Learners will continue into the second year of study, into an Extended Diploma, if they are successful in achieving their Diploma.

We believe that ideas development flourishes with a curious and experimental approach that allows for mistakes to influence the creative process without compromising final grades. You will develop these skills through exploring materials, methods and processes, build a portfolio and make informed decisions about your practice and progression.

Throughout the course we also deliver core skills in drawing, contextual studies and personal professional development in a range of learning experiences including practical and technical workshops which include Graphic Design, Printmaking, Fine Art & Mixed Media, 2D/3D and Time-based Media, and Photography.

We are extremely proud of all our learners and celebrate their achievements in a Summer Exhibition where they showcase their independent Final Major Project work.

What's Next

Learners who have completed this course have the opportunity to progress to university onto an Honours Degree, Foundation Degree or a HND course. Other progression options include employment and apprenticeships.

Learners have progressed to a range of degree programmes including Graphic Design UAL Central St Martins, Fine Art at Loughborough, Interior Design at Teesside University, Illustration at Leeds University, Photography at Leeds Arts University and Comics and Graphic Novels at Teesside.

Career options following higher education include Graphic Design, Interior Designer, Comic Art, Accessory Designer, Illustration, Marketing, Photography, Community Arts, Product Design, Web Design, Arts Curator, Teaching, Art Therapy and other creative pathways – the list is endless.

All learners are advised and supported in their UCAS application/employment application with help on appropriate routes and portfolio preparation. All learners who have completed a Level 3 Art and Design course at this college have been successful when applying to their chosen degree courses.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Diploma in Art and Design
Level: Level 3
Awarding Body:
Academic Year: 20/21
Start Date: September 2020

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