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Art & Design UAL Level 3 Diploma (3D Applied Design Pathway)

Bedford college 3D Design


Art & Design UAL Level 3 Diploma (3D Applied Design Pathway)

This Level 3 UAL (University of the Arts London) Extended Diploma in Art & Design program has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree level study in art and design, or into employment. You will study in a dedicated building fully equipped with the latest industry relevant resources, and taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field. There will also be the opportunity to visit galleries, museums, exhibitions and festivals during the course, as well as the chance to get involved with community projects and competitions. Within year 2 (subject to age) there is also the opportunity to go on a cultural trip to a major European City. The study programme provides an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in preparation for a future within the creative industry. The structure allows you to focus on one of six pathways but encourages you to be broad and experimental in your approach. The six pathways are: 3D Applied Design, Animation & Games Design, Fashion & Textiles, Fine Art, Graphics and Photography

You will study in a dedicated building fully equipped with the latest industry relevant resources, and taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field. There will also be the opportunity to visit galleries, museums, exhibitions and festivals during the course, as well as the chance to get involved with community projects and competitions.

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 05/09/2022
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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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 are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. 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 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.

Course Information

Course Content

The study programme covers a range of disciplines that include: interior and product design through:

  • furniture, ceramics and glass, jewelry, lighting, set design, architectural form and model making. You are also encouraged to work with and across the other pathways In the first year you will explore the basics of the creative structure.

Term one is an introduction to the elements that underpin development and understanding of your subject (practical, research, contextual).

Term two allows you to develop and employ this knowledge within a range of projects focused around two, three and time based dimensions

Term three gives you the chance to work on an Awarding Body set project that will utilise the knowledge from the first two terms. Your overall grade for the year will be taken from this final unit. The second year allows you to expand on your knowledge, developing work and creating a unique style for your portfolio. This will include exhibitions, vocational assignments and student devised projects expanding on tasks of your choosing.

Within each year there is a mandatory tutorial and work experience programme alongside a number of short additional qualifications devised to support and enhance your journey through college and beyond.

English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications:
Assessment methods

A range of teaching methods are used, including lectures, visits, field courses and studio-based teaching. You will be assessed throughout the course, with assessment feedback at each stage of the programme and at the final stage grade.


Art and Design UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications if required
  • Short course in Art & Design practice if required

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On successful completion you could progress on to one of our 3d Design HNC higher education courses in a range of art and design disciplines or go on to an art and design related degree at university.

Additional information

You will be able to participate in field trips and visits to museums and exhibitions in this country and abroad (for an additional cost), and you will have the opportunity to showcase your work to the public at the College’s end of year Art Exhibition. We are also fortunate enough to have renowned artists coming into the College to give talks.

If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses. For example, you may be required to purchase specialist uniforms, equipment or books. There is also an additional cost of £50 to cover a minimum of 2 trips to relevant exhibitions e.g. Tate, V&A.

Within the 3D Applied Design pathway you will have opportunity to enter relevant competitions and apply your skills to professional work experience opportunities including running workshops such as the Craft Councils Hey Clay!

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.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.