What do I learn?
You study units of work over the two years:
• introduction to visual language in art and design
• introduction to research skills in art and design
• introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
• introduction to materials, processes and technical skills
• an integrated approach to 2D problem solving
• an integrated approach to 3D problem solving
• an integrated approach to time-based problem solving
• developing an art and design project
• art and design characteristics and context
• preparation for progression in art and design
• engaging with an audience in art and design
• art and design proposal and realisation
In addition you will progress in English and maths and develop entrepreneurial skills through live projects and enterprise activities.
What do I gain?
The qualification awarded is the UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design (graphics pathway).
This course enables you to build a portfolio within a personally selected specialist area of study. Over the two years you will work on a variety of different projects, delivered through a combination of practical project work, specialist workshops and lectures. Students should also take responsibility for a significant amount of self directed study. This will allow you to build a portfolio of work suitable for progression to higher education or employment. You will also develop professional skills in presentation techniques.
What do I need?
All Level 3 students must have 5 GCSEs including a Level 2 qualification in English (either GCSE grade C minimum or a Functional Skills qualification).
Students who do not have a Level 2 qualification in English but have achieved a pass in their BTEC Level 2 and a Level 1 qualification in English could progress to the 90 credit one year Level 3 programme. (This allows the students to improve their English before progressing to the full extended diploma in year 2).
All students should have examples of art or design work and a satisfactory reference from a school or employer.
All students will be interviewed.
What can I do next?
The course leads to higher education or directly into employment. Students who have studied graphic design can gain employment in a variety of work situations including advertising agencies and design companies. Employment opportunities are also available in illustration, computer animation and multimedia work.
What else do I need to know?
The units are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles.
Practical work includes individual practical project work, simulated and live briefs, course related visits, drawing from life, sketchbooks, design and presentation and problem solving exercises.
You need to be able to work independently and you are required to carry out approximately 15 hours homework a week.
The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £6,300 per year.