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UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design (3D Applied Design)

Bedford college 3D Design


3D Applied Design Advanced (Level 3)

This UAL Awarding Body program will introduce the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or employment. Based in a dedicated building equipped with the latest industry relevant resources and taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field.

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Course information

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Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades 9- 4 OR similar qualification at Level 2.

What qualification will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

How will I be assessed?

This qualification is assessed through:

Year 1:

  • one external assessment taken at the end of the course, which is set and marked by UAL Awarding Body.

Year 2:

  • one internally assessed project taken at the end of the second unit, which is marked by the centre and moderated by UAL Awarding Body.

Throughout you will be given critical, holistic feedback supporting your progress.

Course content

What will I study?

Year 1: Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation in Art and Design

Year 2: Unit 2: Specialist Practice in Art and Design

This study programme includes delivery of a range of techniques and processes using materials such as; wood, ceramics, glass, metal, resin and upcycled materials.

Students will develop practical ideas and making skills, to gain an understanding of how to experiment and manipulate them, within focused projects. These include; interior design, furniture, lighting and architecture, product design and decorative applied design.

You will learn about design principles, functionality, sustainability, and how to embed this into the design cycle, use illustrative presentation skills to present your work to an audience.

You will be encouraged to bring your own interests, ideas into the projects you create, as well as exploring the work of other practitioners within the field.

The course offers a range of different opportunities to work with organizations within the area 3D Applied Design area, events and live briefs, collaborating with local businesses including Foxy Wings, restaurant and Nikkita Palmer’s, furniture design. You will have the opportunity to showcase your work throughout the year in a rolling gallery space and to present at the end of year show.

Next steps

Course progression:
  • 3D Design BTEC HNC / D (Full-time)  Bedford College
  • FAD at Bedford College
  • BA (Hons) at university in 3D Design

Additional information

You will need:

  • £60 trip and visits
  • Sketch book, mobile phone to photograph work
  • General Art kit – including black fine liners, ruler, masking tape, pritt-stick, sketching pencils, water colour pencils, scissors, eraser, sharpener, protractor, compass, set square, pro-markers

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Bedford College 3D Design Level 3
Art & Design


I moved to Bedford from around four hours away to study at the College because the course offered exactly what I wanted. Applied 3D Design is a good balance between a construction course and a design course. We cover both the designing process and building of the physical product, so we always have an end result and learn to adapt things as we go along.

I’ve had an interest in films and props since a young age. While I’ve designed and built things from home, this course is now teaching me how to do it properly.

The tutors are very helpful. Faye has her own wealth of knowledge coming from a jewellery background and working on a smaller scale to our other tutor, Amanda, who specialises in metal and wood work.

We’ve also had a technical speaker come in from Nikita Palmer Designs who helped us to build some items of upcycled furniture and introduced us to Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge; an upcycling art gallery in the city.

I want to get into the prop industry and have a few options open to me. I’m looking at the course at RADA in London, which has work placements in a studio. I’m also in contact with a prop master who offers trainee programmes as an advanced apprenticeship. The HNC course here at the College would also be a good way to expand my skills.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


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