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UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts

The UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts is a qualification for post-16 students studying within the sixth form environment who have an interest in the visual arts and who would like to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in this area.

Students are introduced to the breadth and diversity of specialisms within visual arts (e.g. fine art, graphics, fashion and textiles, photography and craft) on this qualification, providing them with the opportunity to experiment and discover areas of interest for further investigation and development. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake a specialist investigation in response to an externally set brief, focussing on one particular specialism within the visual arts.

This qualification is designed to provide students with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into further and higher education courses and/or into training or employment within the creative sector.

The UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts has been designed to be delivered over 2 academic years, with the intention for it to be delivered alongside 2 other similarly sized level 3 qualifications.

Please read the UAL Awarding Body statement of purpose for this qualification:

Statement of purpose - UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts (PDF 221KB)

Pink, yellow and green abstract pattern on white fabric
Artwork by Louise Taylor, Leeds Arts University

Funding and delivery information

This qualification has now received UCAS points. Evidence for these can be accessed via UCAS tariff tables. Details about funding for this qualification can be found in our Funding Summary Document (PDF 114KB). If you have any further questions regarding funding please email To apply for approval to deliver this qualification please email


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Qualification at a glance


  • Level - 3
  • Units - 2
  • TQT (hours) - 480
  • GLH - 360
  • Typical course duration - 2 years
  • UCAS points - Pass 24 / High Pass 32 / Merit 40 / High Merit 48 / Distinction 56
  • QN - 603/5871/3
  • Typical progression - employment, traineeships, apprenticeships, higher education.


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