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Art and Design

Art & Design (Digital) - Level 3


This course gives you the opportunity to combine the use of digital technology with traditional art techniques. You will develop skills that enable you to produce exciting, creative and imaginative work in such areas as graphic design, illustration, interactive media, video work, animation, and traditional art and design.

The course provides an introduction to digital graphic design, interactive media technologies and traditional art-related industries, and requires learners to produce a portfolio of practical work along with supporting theoretical studies. You will complete three themed projects per year.

Your Study Programme will include the main course, a weekly tutorial, work experience placement/employability skills development, and English and Maths as required (see below).

Units studied in the first year of the programme are: Unit 1 - The Creative Process Unit 2 - Developing Creative Practise Unit 3 - Responding to a Set Brief

Learners progressing to the second year will study: Unit 4 - Researching a Specialist Industry Practice Unit 5 - Specialist Technical Skills Development Unit 6 - Specialist Creative Outcome

Areas of study may include:

  • Traditional art (drawing, painting and sculpture)
  • Computers in Art & Design
  • Image Manipulation using Computer Applications
  • Design Principles in Graphic Design
  • Graphic Image Making
  • Typefaces & Letterforms
  • Typographic & Layout Design
  • Product Design
  • Mixed Media Image Making
  • Design for Advertising
  • Narrative Image making
  • Animation (2D, Stop Motion etc)
  • Web design
  • Photography
  • Digital Storytelling

Students also develop core skills in Communication, Numeracy and Information Technology.

Opportunity is provided to study for a qualification in English and Maths.

We also offer a full programme of enrichment activities that include visits to relevant exhibitions and galleries.


You will need: Four GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English Language and a subject relevant to your chosen area of study.

Students with full Level 2 vocational qualifications with an overall Merit/Distinction in Art and Design will be considered alongside 2 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including GCSE English Language and a good reference.

NB - In certain circumstances (e.g. overseas applicants) applicant may be accepted without this if they demonstrate the necessary level of literacy in diagnostic testing completed during enrolment. In such cases, students will be required to study GCSE English as part of their Study Programme.

You will also need to attend a college interview and present a portfolio of work demonstrating your drawing, painting, line and tone observation skills from life (NB - not computer generated imagery, copied work or manga-style characters). If you do not have an art portfolio, drawing tasks will be provided to you for completion during the interview/enrolment process.


Course work, both practical and written, will be assessed at regular intervals throughout each year of the course, and you will receive written and verbal feedback from your teachers about how you can improve in future assignments.

Your work is assessed by the teaching team, and externally moderated by UAL.


Year 1
You will complete the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Practice: Art , Design & Communication Edexcel (equivalent to 1.5 A levels), requiring you to complete 3 core units.

Year 2
You will complete the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art , Design & Communication Edexcel (equivalent to 3 full A levels), requiring you to complete a further 3 core units.

NB - You are required to achieve the Diploma before progression into Year 2 to complete the full Extended Diploma.

Usually our learners continue with their education and progress to degree level qualifications at university.

After this course you can also apply for a wide range of creative university courses. Previous students have progressed to courses in photography, illustration, interactive media, games design and film.

Alternatively, students can apply and progress into entry level jobs. This too can be in a wide range of different creative industries.

The course will open up a wide range of creative career opportunities including games designer, animator, web designer, graphic designer, photographer, film/TV special effects designer etc.


You will have 13 hours of timetabled classes each week including a group tutorial with your personal tutor, who will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.

You will learn in dedicated computer labs, equipped with industry standard software packages, including Flash, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut and Maya 3D. There is also a broadcast quality TV studio, and two traditional art studios.

You will also be required to attend FS/GCSE Maths classes if you have yet to achieve a GCSE Grade 4 in the subject.


If you will be aged 16 to 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your studies and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, your course will be free.

You may be eligible for financial help to support with books, travel, course materials and childcare costs – please click here for more information.

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