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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.


My passion for ceramics was inspired by a teacher at school. After my GCSEs I knew I wanted to focus on a future in 3D art. This study programme at College was equivalent to three A-Levels, meaning I could still go on to university afterwards.

I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different materials, as well as ceramics at College, and using the specialist equipment that was not available to us at school. The tutors are so helpful and if I need advice, or am struggling with something, I know I can go to them.

I go to lots of art exhibitions outside of College and have enjoyed our trips to the Design Museum and V&A Museum as part of the study programme. I’ve also helped out on the Hey Clay event at the College for the last two years, which is open to the public and has really helped to develop my leadership skills and confidence to speak in front of a crowd.

I’m looking forward to going to Cardiff University to study Ceramics. After that I hope to be able to go freelance. The College has been a great help with planning my UCAS application early and getting my personal statement up to scratch.

Rebekah - Art & Design (3D Design) Level 3


Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need...

Duration: 2 Years 

  • 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 include anything from GCSE art/design work to drawings you do at home. Any photographed work would be good to see which can be brought on a USB stick or viewed on YouTube.

Course content

The study programme covers a range of disciplines that include: interior and product design through furniture, ceramics and glass, jewellery, 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: 
    • You will also be given the opportunity to go on a range of trips to galleries and exhibitions. 

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.


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.

Further study and career options

On successful completion you could progress on to one of our higher education courses in a range of art and design disciplines or go on to an art and design related degree at university. You may also wish to explore options via our UAL Awarding Body Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3).

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!

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

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. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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