Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design (pilot)

Art and design at Reading College
Reading College. Photo by Liz Carrington.

From September 2017, UAL Awarding Body will be running a new Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design. The qualifications are designed to be ‘Applied General’ qualifications that provide post-16 students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further, higher education and training or employment.

The Diploma is for students seeking to undertake a broad or specialist programme of study in art and design. It focuses on developing students understanding and application of the creative process to enable them to develop creative ideas and produce outcomes. While students may take this qualification in a specialist subject, this qualification is ideal for those who have not decided what discipline and subject area within art and design they wish to develop their practice.

The Diploma is a precursor of the Extended Diploma. Therefore, those choosing to do the Extended Diploma will cover the same knowledge as those doing the Diploma, but in more complex tasks and will also learn to apply their knowledge of the creative process to a personal creative practice, for example, textile, graphics, photography. Students will show an increased amount of autonomy and critical thinking to develop creative ideas and produce outcomes.

For more information on these qualifications, please read the statements of purpose for these qualifications:

Purpose statement - Applied General Diploma in Art and Design (PDF 180KB)

Purpose statement - Applied General Extended Diploma in Art and Design (PDF 176KB)

Qualifications at a glance

  Diploma Extended Diploma
Level 3 3
Units 1 2
TQT (Hours) 780 1620 
GLH 600 1160 
Typical course duration  1 year 2 years
UCAS points TBC TBC
QAN 603/1457/6 603/1459/X
Typical progression Further education, higher education, vocational courses, employment, apprenticeships

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These qualifications have been recently developed and a small selection of centres will be delivering them during their first year of operation. For further information or to register your interest in order to be notified when the qualifications are ready to be offered to all centres, please contact Ioanna Saltiferidi i.saltaferidi@arts.ac.uk

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