This University of the Arts London Level 3 Diploma course will give you an understanding of the employment and further educational opportunities available in the art and design sector. It`s designed to support you to progress into a specific area of work or specialist study working within fully-equipped art and design studios.
The Diploma will give you the opportunity to build a portfolio that demonstrates the independent capacity to self-initiate research analyse organise reflect and evaluate commensurate with study in higher education. The essential elements of the course give you a strong understanding of the fundamentals of art and design - techniques and materials concepts and influences visual recording and communication. The specific focus is up to you allowing you to specialise in the area that you are most talented and interested in such as drawing and painting sculpture and 2D or 3D design. Read our blog post Why Invest in an Art and Design course at Edinburgh College.
The course structure can allow the qualification to be flexible to meet your interests abilities and aspirations. You`ll also gain essential vocational skills for future employment and study by responding to challenging assignments and meeting deadlines. You`ll have regular opportunities to visit galleries museums university and college open days in order to contextualise your studies in a vocational setting. There`s also the exciting opportunity to widen your understanding of contemporary and historical art and design during study trips including London.
The course will allow you to build a portfolio which will include practical projects and contextual studies in the form of sketch and notebook work. You`ll also work on essays drawing material and media experiments and 2D 3D and digital art and design work. An end of year show provides you with the rewarding opportunity to exhibit your work.
- Develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art design or related subjects of study or work
- Learn how to research analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions
- Be able to understand adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production
- Solve complex problems through the application of art design or related practical theoretical and technical understanding
- Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods actions and results
- Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning development and decision making
- Take responsibility for the research planning time management and actions to access progression opportunities
- Effectively present your ideas and artwork to appropriate audiences
- London Study trip
- Present personal project work in the end of year Diploma Exhibition
How Course Is Assessed:
- This a practical studio based course where your work will be assessed by portfolio submission
- Student can gain an overall final grade of Pass Merit or Distinction
- A minimum of four National 5`s or UAL Level 2 or equivalent
- Successful portfolio submission
- A good general understanding of the creative process from either school college or previous study and experience
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
- All applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sound drawing skills and an understanding of the creative process in sketchbooks and larger scale imagery
- Potential applicants should take note that the selection decision and emphasis is based on the portfolio assessment and interview rather than only on specific qualification grades
- You’ll need to consider that we may ask you questions at interview about your knowledge of artists and designers work and what areas of art and design you are interested in and why
- Essentially we want to know more about you and what makes you ‘tick’ creatively
- In order to fully gauge your creativity we will not only offer you an interview but will ask you to make a portfolio submission of your recent practical and contextual art and design work
- Portfolios could include loose drawings prints paintings design work or photographs drop mounted on A1 white cartridge paper. 3D or larger scale work can either be photographed and drop mounted on A1 white cartridge or if a suitable scale brought to interview
- Try to include a variety of work that shows your creative potential and imagination as well as sound drawing skills. Strong portfolios usually include sketchbooks showing visual research and development using a wide variety of media and approaches
- We encourage candidates to include historical and contextual references in the form of notebooks and formal essays. Please ensure all bookwork and essays are clearly labelled with your name and contact details
- Potential candidates studying school qualifications in art and design (such as Intermediate 2 Highers A-Level) are strongly advised to either scan or photograph your course work before it is submitted for external examination as we can only offer places after seeing your practical artwork at interview.
- Candidates who have applied through UCAS are also advised to include your UCAS personal statement to enhance your folio submission. This can be handed in with the portfolio at interview or within the information in support of your application section online
- Digital based work can be shown via disc, memory stick or online at interview. Candidates should present your work in a suitable A1 portfolio case clearly labelled with your name and address on the outside. Simple A1 folios can be made out of card - please do not submit work rolled up.
If you do not have a portfolio of work from either school or personal study for application to the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design you should undertake the tasks below and bring the drawings to interview. Drawing Project Research and Investigation:
- Consider a variety of different objects natural form e.g. shells, plants (botanic gardens) fruits/vegetables
- Man-made e.g. kitchen utensils, musical instruments, shoes/boots, clothing
- Your research should be a record of primary source material (drawing from the actual object(s))
- The aim is to make a variety of drawings on the same theme using different kinds of drawing materials. pencil, pen, charcoal, crayon/pastel
- You will try to recreate in as realistic a way as possible the same form structure texture colour of the object(s) using line tone and colour (where relevant)
- Candidates without a portfolio applying for an introductory course should complete a minimum of six drawings as above and bring them on the interview date.
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- You`ll gain between 100-210 UCAS points for university applications allowing you to apply for entry to Year 1 at Scottish art colleges
- Your portfolio will support applications to the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and specialist HND in Art and Design
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