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Art and Design UAL Diploma Level 3 - 2020:21

Location: Guildford College
Course Code: OD11LF1A015P
Year: 2020:21
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  University of the Arts London
07/09/2020Places Available
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Content / Overview 


The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Fine Art is designed for students who want to study art and design full time. You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree level study in art and design, or into employment.

You will learn to...

  • Have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work
  • Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions
  • Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production
  • Solve complex problems through the application of art, design or related practical, theoretical and technical understanding
  • Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results
  • Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision making
  • Take responsibility for the research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities.
  • Effectively present yourself and your work to appropriate audiences.

Course Modules 

You will study 9 units, covering processes and technical skills, drawing skills, communication skills, contextual research, problem solving (2D and 3D), time-based creative problems and producing personal art and design projects.

Units include:

  • Visual language in art and design
  • Research skills in art and design
  • Materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
  • Integrated approach to 2D and 3D problem solving in art and design
  • An integrated approach to time-based problem solving in art and design
  • Final Major Project

Why Study Here

  • Small classes in a friendly, dynamic working environment with individually tailored tuition.
  • Recently refurbished, light, well equipped studio with access to photographic studios.
  • Close to London galleries and museums.
  • Links with top London universities.
  • Large, modern Learning Resource Centre.
  • Expert tutors with industry experience.
  • WiFi enabled campus.
  • Comprehensive student support.
  • Progression opportunities available.
  • Good transport links.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for those with an interest in Art and Design and wish to progress on to study an art and design subject at university.

Application Method

Application followed by interview and project/assignment/portfolio presentation

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths, English Language and Art. As part of your interview you will be asked to present a portfolio of your work.

Delivery Method

The qualification is made up of nine Art & Design units, delivered through a combination of theory and practical learning. You will be taught creative processes using specialist resources, while developing group and independent skills.


You will be expected to complete 8-10 hours of independent study per week.


You will be assessed throughout the year with key coursework submission, and a Final Major Project which takes place at the end of the course. This large project will allow you to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place throughout the year. This unit will be graded as 'Pass', 'Merit' or 'Distinction' and determines the overall qualification grade. You will be assessed on your practical and analytical skills. There are no exam elements on this course.

Further Study

You could progress onto a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, and then onto a degree level programme.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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