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Art and Design

UAL Awarding Body's Art and Design qualifications enable students to experiment and develop. Students completing these qualifications will explore materials, methods and processes as they build a portfolio of work. These qualifications prepare students for further study or employment in industries including visual communication, fashion, fine art and 3D design.

We offer Art and Design qualifications at Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. As a current or prospective UAL Awarding Body tutor or centre, you can explore our range below or look at our resources to learn more about delivering them.

  • Tapestry with multicoloured paintings
    Artwork by Suzanna Rusak, Barnsley College Artwork by Suzanna Rusak, Barnsley College
    UAL Level 1 Award and Diploma in Art, Design and Media

    This qualification provides students who are intrigued and motivated by art and design with opportunities to explore, develop and test their creativity.

  • Brightly coloured painting of a man with long hair surrounded by flowers
    Artwork by Ella Rooney from Milton Keynes College Artwork by Ella Rooney from Milton Keynes College
    UAL Level 2 Award and Diploma in Art and Design

    Students have the opportunity to explore the materials, methods and processes that support art and design activities.

  • Multicoloured cubes with different numberings
    'Index of Matter' by Maya Edwards, Leeds Arts University 'Index of Matter' by Maya Edwards, Leeds Arts University
    UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design

    Teach your students how to develop and test their creativity as they complete this stimulating and supportive qualification.

  • Hanging colourful embroidered fabrics
    'Urban Landscapes' by Mandy Bevington, Southport College 'Urban Landscapes' by Mandy Bevington, Southport College
    UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design

    Read more about how this 'Applied General' qualification provides post-16 students with the skills necessary to progress academically or professionally.

  • Pink, yellow and green abstract pattern on white fabric
    Artwork by Louise Taylor, Leeds Arts University Artwork by Louise Taylor, Leeds Arts University
    UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts

    Discover how this new smaller sized qualification in visual arts could suit your learners.

  • Hanging patterned fabrics
    Artwork by Alison Christina Hearld, Leeds Arts University Artwork by Alison Christina Hearld, Leeds Arts University
    UAL Level 3 and 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

    Learn about how this new qualification enables students to transition from a general education to specialist creative education.

  • Drawings of yellow and black jackets on male models
    Artwork by Daniele Tonatti Artwork by Daniele Tonatti
    UAL Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies

    Read more about how this qualification extends the learners’ critical independence by encouraging exploration and risk-taking.

  • Student writing in a journal
    Reading College of Art student writing in a journal Student writing in a journal at Reading College of Art. Copyright Liz Carrington.
    Art and Design resources

    We've provided important resources and guidance to help centres deliver our Art and Design qualifications.