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Art & Design — Level 3 Applied General Diploma

Fashion, Art and Design

Course ID: 163694

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • Advanced learning loan eligible.
  • UAL Level 3 qualification.
  • Develop the skills you gained at Level 2 and broaden your knowledge.
  • 1 year course.
  • You can progress on to Higher Education or employment on course completion.
  • Access the College's fantastic resources and facilities.
  • Gain guidance and support from our passionate and dedicated teaching team.
  • Learn in a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

The UAL Level 3 is an exciting programme which provides you with the opportunity to develop skills achieved at Level 2 and GCSE with a view to progression on to University or employment in the Creative industries.

Year One: The Diploma consists of one unit called 'Diagnostic Investigation in Art & Design' which develop your practical skills base, whilst underpinning their creativity with professional qualities required. These include exploration of the design process, a knowledge of art history, critical thinking and work experience. You'll demonstrate the culmination of your learning by responding to a creative brief, which is set and marked by UAL Awarding Body.

Specialist disciplines covered in the first year include fine art painting and sculpture, graphic illustration, photography, textiles, printmaking, and 3D design. The Diploma is designed to help you to be experimental and to support you in choosing a direction on which to focus in the second year Extended Diploma.

Year Two: Extended Diploma is where you'll develop a more individual portfolio based on your chosen progression route. Application to university and work placements are supported through website building, producing a freelance portfolio, visits to universities and by developing networks in local industries.

This course provides you with an understanding of a range of art and design disciplines making use of a variety of specialist workshops. You will have the opportunity to work on live project briefs and exhibit your work at external venues as part of our end of year shows. You will explore the context of photography in all specialisms in the setting up an exhibition, engaging with audience participation and developing individual to develop their own style of work. You are expected to take part in contemporary practice to enable you to explore and develop your own visual language.

Students have progressed to Higher Education, Apprenticeships and employment in specialisms such as Fine Art, Ceramics, 3D Design, Architecture, Fashion, Interior Design, Textiles, Graphics and Illustration.
On the successful completion of Year One you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma in Art & Design.
On the successful completion of both Year One and Year Two you will will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Applied General Diploma in Art & Design.

This course is Advanced Learning Loan eligible.


Qualification available:

UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma in Art & Design
UAL Level 3 Applied General Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Why study with us?

The majority of students progress to their first choice at Higher Education or directly to employment. Live briefs and work placements are an integral part of the programme.
Students participate in educational visits and live project briefs throughout the academic year. They develop a professional portfolio preparing them for progression to a higher level of study. All students exhibit their work at an end of year show within the city centre attended by family, friends the awarding body and employers.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Higher Education

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications at grade 4/C or a full level 2 Qualification at Merit grade or above. Please note that you must have achieved English and/or Maths at Grade 4/C or above in order to be accepted on this course.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 5421.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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