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Art & Design — Level 3 Applied General Diploma

Course information

The UAL Level 3 is an exciting programme which provides students 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 the individual's 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. Students will demonstrate the culmination of their 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 students be experimental and to support them in choosing a direction on which to focus in the second year Extended Diploma.

Year Two: Extended Diploma is where learners will develop a more individual portfolio based on their 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 students with an understanding of a range of art and design disciplines making use of a variety of specialist workshops. Students have the opportunity to work on live project briefs and exhibit their work at external venues as part of our end of year shows. Students work to 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.
Students are encouraged to experience both traditional areas of art through observation and more issue based contemporary practice to enable them to explore and develop their won 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

This course leads to...

What the course can lead to:

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Higher Education

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.

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.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163694

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


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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