OverviewArt & Design UAL Level 3 Diploma (Animation, Illustration & Games 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.
To begin this study programme you will need…
4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 ideally including English and maths
- Art & Design at Level 2
Entry is also subject to a successful interview, where you will need to show a portfolio of your existing work. This can be anything you have created over the last few years of your artistic journey, ideally from an Art, Design, or Graphics GCSE.
Work can be presented physically in a sketchbook, or can be brought in on a USB/viewed on a portfolio site.
This course will cover a range of disciplines primarily split into Animation and Illustration.
Under Animation you will cover:
- 2D Digital Animation
- 3D Digital Animation
Under Illustration you will cover:
- 2D Digital Illustration
- 3D Digital Illustration
- Comic Arts
- Observational Drawing
- Environmental Art
- Character Designing
In the first year, you will engage in a range of workshops, which develop into projects that guide you through the developmental journey. The year is capped off with an independent final project, which utilises all the developmental skills covered throughout the year.
In the second year, you will engage in more projects that add onto the initial base of knowledge covered in the first year, with a focus being brought to the additional marking criteria added into this year of the course. The academic year will end in a similarly independent project, with the intention of being shown within an end of year exhibition.
Throughout both years of the course, a range of enhancement activities will be engaged in, ranging from trips to competitions entered. Work experience will also be covered on the course, providing an insight into how the wider industry works.
A set of tutorials are programmed into the course, providing chances to learn life and study skills as a group as well as opportunities for pastoral and academic 1-1s.
English and Maths
If you do not already have an English and/or Maths qualification at the grade of 4 and above, then there will be sessions for you to engage in the relevant ones of these to achieve the desired qualification.
UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma/Extended Diploma in Art and Design
- English and maths qualifications if required
- Short course in Art & Design practice if required
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.
This course is assessed in one place at the end of each academic year. These are longer-form projects that show an independent grasp over the marking criteria.
Within these projects are exam-style elements, wherein you will have a set time, under invigilated conditions, to write a proposal and to summatively compile your project.
Throughout the rest of the year, you will be formatively assessed to see your progress and guide you in achieving the marking criteria.
On successful completion you could progress on to Digital Design (Games, Art and Animation) HNC or go on to an art and design related degree at university.
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.
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