The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design are new Level 3 qualifications designed for students who want to study art and design full time.

They have been developed specifically to support students who wish to go on to study an art and design subject at university.

What are these qualifications?

The qualification seeks to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required to work independently and to direct their own learning.

 It has been developed over a period of two years, in collaboration with colleges and higher education institutions across England.

The qualification seeks to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required to work independently and to direct their own learning.

 It has been developed over a period of two years, in collaboration with colleges and higher education institutions across England.

"This new qualification will provide an excellent bridge to Higher Education. The programme will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the many and varied art and design courses nationwide. At UCA we would see this qualification as an essential entry point to our courses, so very much welcome its development."

- 
Professor Mark Hunt FRSA, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University for the Creative Arts‌

Please read the UAL Awarding Body statements of purpose for these qualifications:

Both the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design have been supported by the following Higher Education Institutions:‌

How does it work?

Study for these qualifications is not time constrained but will normally be over a period of two years.

The structure of the qualification, with units linked to provide coherence, will allow learners to synthesise newly acquired practical skills with theoretical knowledge and understanding as they explore their aptitude and ambition and the particular characteristics of a broad range of art and design disciplines. Learners will be encouraged to recognise, not only the unique characteristics of different disciplines, but also the dynamic and potentially innovative relationships between those disciplines, particularly in a technologically driven environment.

The qualifications will require learners to develop a coherent and effective working methodology, through immersion, reiteration and reinforcement, which will enable them to react positively and creati‌vely across a diverse range of assignments and creative activities.

The final Unit, available at Level 3 and 4, will require the learner, particularly at Level 4, to demonstrate the independent capacity to self initiate, research, analyse, organise, reflect and evaluate commensurate with study in higher education.

Qualification Aim Numbers or QANs are as follows:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design - 600/2827/0
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design - 600/2826/9

Specification and handbook

Qualification aims

To enable the candidate to: 

  • Have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work
  • Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions
  • 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 opportunitiesEffectively present themselves and their work to appropriate audiences.

Resources

The following templates, grade descriptors, guidance and models can all support you in delivering this qualification: 

The following sheets have been developed by Carlisle College and successfully used with both Level 2 and Level 3 students.

Sheet 1: See the Analysis of Single Image document - this is about analysing a single piece of work in any media. The learner ticks only the formal elements they recognise in a work and then they discuss that element in detail on the next line.

Sheet 2: See the Comparison Sheet this is about comparing and contrasting two pieces. It is important to allow learners who can write well to use their own methods or not use the sheets at all if they don’t want to – as long as their analysis is critical and engaged with the subject.

These sheets can be used regularly at level 2 – probably starting with visual analysis and then as learners become more confident with the language to use the writing boxes.  

Useful information

Our Chief Examiner has written some support materials that staff delivering the Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design may find useful: