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

Art & Design Fine Art Advanced (Level 3), students in classroom.


Art & Design Fine Art 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.

This is a general art and design course where you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of specialist practice in year 1 in order to focus your specialism in year 2

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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
  • You will be formatively assessed on a regular basis. In year one the final project is externally assessed by the awarding body and in year 2 it is internally assessed.

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.

In the first year you will be introduced to the basics of the creative structure.

Year 1 is an introduction to the elements that underpin development and understanding of your subject (practical, research, contextual) through a diverse range of activities within painting, drawing, print, collage, 3D, experimental photography etc.

Term 3 gives you the chance to work on a set graded project that will utilise the knowledge from the first two terms. Your overall grade for the year will be taken from this final unit. This final grading is also repeated in second year.

Year 2  allows you to expand on your knowledge, developing skills and creating a unique style for your portfolio. This will include exhibitions, vocational assignments and student devised projects expanding on tasks of your choosing. Most themes are based around personal or social themes.

Within the program you will also attend tutorial sessions and undertake a minimum of 20 hours work experience.

In Bedford, in previous years, this has included working with artists at Tate Modern, and designing record covers. You will also have opportunity to exhibit (such as with the Brooklyn Library Sketchbook Project) and enter competitions (where we have had continuous success at Royal Academy Young Artists and UAL Origin).

Next steps

Course progression:

On successful completion you could progress on to our HE programs or go on to an Art & Design related degree at a university. Past students have studied at illustrious institutes such as Goldsmiths, Camberwell, Wimbledon etc.

Students from this course have gone on to study at higher education in a wide range of specialisms from fashion, illustration, interior design, car design to fine art to name but a few.

Career progression:

Due to the diverse nature of the course past students have gone on to have varied careers in the Art and Design field, as artists, illustrators, photographers, documentary film makers, restorers, teachers, prosthetics, tattooists  etc.

Additional information

You will need a number of sketchbooks over the 2 years (A4 or A3 are recommended). Resources are available for you, but you should have basic materials at home. Students are expected to provide their own essential materials for which a kit list will be provided at induction.

Bedford Campus:

Trip fees are likely to be around £60 per year. This usually covers at least three trips to locations such as Tate (Britain/ Modern) RA, dependent on current exhibitions and a variety of degree shows.

Bursaries are available for materials and trips on application.

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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.

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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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Bedford College Fine Art Level 3
Art & Design


I enjoyed studying lots of art-based subjects at GCSE, including Art, Drama, Textiles and Film Studies. When I came to visit the College to look at my options post-GCSE I saw lots of variety within the art department and felt the tutors were very supportive.

It’s been the best decision I’ve made. College offers a completely different environment to school. I love learning and being in education, so I am considering going on to university after College.

My creative juices are certainly flowing here at College because I have the freedom to explore my own ideas with the support of my tutors. The deadlines are realistic, so the pressure is not too high, but you’re still motivated to work hard. I am inspired by other people’s art and I particularly enjoy Renaissance art.

I’m planning to do my work experience in the art department of the middle school I currently work at. I enjoy helping others with their work, so I’m considering a career in teaching or within a museum.

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Any questions?

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