Extended Diploma in Art & Design


2018 entry

Do you have a passion for art, but feel restricted by how it’s taught at school? Our Extended Diploma in Art & Design offers you a unique opportunity to study on a practical art and design course within a university environment at the age of 16.

At UCA, you’ll have access to the same facilities, studios and workshops as all our undergraduate and postgraduate students. And, as you’ll be studying at the second largest specialist arts university in Europe, you’ll be working with some of the best equipment available.

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Length of study:

Two years full-time


September 2018


UCA Epsom

Also available at UCA Canterbury, UCA Rochester

Course overview:

Equivalent to three A-Levels, the Extended Diploma is a two-year course which allows you to try out a wide range of art and design subjects or specialise directly before choosing a degree subject.

As part of the course you may take part in a live project, giving you an insight into the creative industries and the chance to work with studios or galleries.

Don’t worry if you still need to get your English or mathematics GCSE – we’re committed to getting you ready for an undergraduate degree and your future career, so we hold classes in both subjects.

On completion of this course, you will be awarded the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design.

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Course content - 2018 entry

You’ll spend the first year developing essential visual language skills, exploring a range of practical media, techniques and processes in an experimental manner. You’ll then combine this with research methods and critical enquiry in the context of creative practices such as Fine Art, Fashion Textiles, 3D Design, Lens-based Media (Photography and Film) and Visual Communication.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • You'll study the five key specialisms of:

    - Fine art
    - Fashion textiles
    - 3D design
    - Lens-based media
    - Visual communication.

    This will enable you to build a fundamental skill set for a future in art, including drawing, photography, construction and making, typography, animation, interactive design and moving imagery with sound.

    By exploring each area in detail, you'll be able to make an informed choice for specialist study.

As you enter the second year, you’ll work alongside students from the Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies and Access to Higher Education Diploma – Art & Design courses, and continue one of the specialisms as a pathway to focus on for the rest of the course.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Year Two

    Once you’ve picked a pathway from the five specialisms, you’ll develop specific skills in this area of study and prepare a portfolio to support an application to an undergraduate degree or, in some cases, direct employment. Towards the end of the course, you’ll undertake a final major project and prepare for your diploma exhibition. The second year of the Extended Diploma is fully integrated into the Foundation Diploma and the Access to Higher Education Diploma, so students share studios and lectures.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

We run a supportive Diploma 2 Degree scheme which helps streamline the process of progressing from a pre-degree to an undergraduate course with us at UCA. The scheme guarantees your place on a degree course at UCA, providing you get the support of your tutor and course leader, and successfully pass your course. More details about the scheme can be found on the Diploma 2 Degree pages.



How to apply - 2018 entry

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When should I apply?

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March 2018. We guarantee that we'll consider all applications received by this date. If places are still available after this date, we'll consider late applications.

Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

Minimum of five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 9-4 preferably including: art, design, media, or related a creative subject, English and mathematics.

OR Higher Diploma (Level 2) in a related subject area.

OR Access Diploma (in an appropriate subject).

OR BTEC National Award.

Your portfolio

Include creative work in a variety of media that shows your interest in art and design - this could include paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics or design work. You can include film or video work but make sure it's no more than three minutes in duration. Also you could bring sketchbooks, notebooks, worksheets and ideas sheets as well as finished work. We also like to see examples of written work, such as an essay, case study, evaluation or exhibition review.

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