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This course is accredited by University of the Arts London (UAL). The Pre-University Extended Diploma course will enable you to experience the four main areas of Art and Design: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Sculpture/3D Design and Fashion/Textiles. This will provide you with a broad range of experience to assist your progression.

This is a 2 year programme delivered as follows: 1st year Diploma (A072) 2nd year Extended Diploma (A075) Achievement of the 1st year (Diploma) can enable you to progress onto the 2nd year (Extended Diploma).

Course details

The Pre-University Extended Diploma is a practical Art and Design course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic situations, activities and demands.

As well as learning about the progression opportunities within your chosen art direction. You will develop the skills and portfolio needed to progress. It is broadly equivalent to three A levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to apply for a job straight away or go into higher education.

The course comprises of thirteen units - nine mandatory units, which are completed during year one. During year two a further three mandatory units are completed and students must complete one of two optional units. Year two enables you to study particular areas in depth.

During the first year you are encouraged to explore your creative potential and the emphasis is on media and process development. The second year of the course is essentially a year in which you move towards your specialist chosen areas within art and design. Students will also experience drawing development and art and design history studies as part of the programme. External visits play a vital part on the programme.

Entry guidelines
  • Five GCSEs at grades A* - C - one must be a GCSE in an art related subject at Grade C or above or a First Certificate or Diploma in a related subject-with merit profile.
  • A recent portfolio of art work demonstrating a range of techniques.
  • Satisfactory interview, school report and/or satisfactory reference.
  • If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.
  • Assessment Method

    All units are assessed and graded through project and assignment briefs and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded with the Final Major Project.

    Additional Information

    The course is delivered in a pathway system and students progress through two programmes beginning with the Diploma and ending with the Extended Diploma. This may include further assistance from the Advice and Guidance team based in the college.

    Are you aged 16-18?
    Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

    • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
    • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
    • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C or Grade 4 or above in English and maths
    • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips
    Where can I progress to?

    UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education (universities and colleges). If you want to get a job straight away you could work in a range of careers including:

    • Interior design
    • Fashion production / Retail
    • Fabric and textile design
    • Graphic design
    • Freelance photography
    • Gallery work

    This course prepares you for employment and provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course such as:

    • Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design
    • Foundation Degree - 3D Design/Fashion and Textiles/Fine Art/Graphic Design/Multimedia/Photography
    • BA Hons - Art related subjects

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    When does this course run?

    • Starts 06th Sep 2017 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref A064J001

      If you are aged 16-18:

      This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

      If you are aged 19 or over:

      Fee : £7000.00

      Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you if you are aged 19-23 and you do not already have a level 3 qualification. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

      If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

      The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    • Starts 05th Sep 2018 - Ends 26th Jun 2020 Ref A064K001

      If you are aged 16-18:

      This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

      If you are aged 19 or over:

      Fee : £7000.00

      The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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