Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (Art and Design) UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Develops the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.

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  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

This programme has been designed to create conditions where an interest in the visual arts can be explored and developed and creativity tested. The programme is characterised by experimental and experiential learning, relying on the application of manual skills while valuing the accidental and disruptive results that can occur.

The qualification is accredited by the highly regarded University of the Arts London (UAL).


The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication gives students an in-depth introduction to the creative industries, along with a broad foundation of related knowledge, skills, and attributes associated to the creative process.

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design, and Communication further develops a student’s knowledge of the creative industries, allowing them to explore and select a specialist practice focus, and develop skills and knowledge central to supporting and sustaining an individualised specialist creative career.
The qualifications are suitable for students who have an interest in creative arts or a related subject who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time or part-time, immersive learning experience.

The objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  1. Develop the knowledge, skills and attributes associated with the creative process and creative practice.
  2. Gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of 2D, 3D and 4D materials, methods, techniques and processes.
  3. Gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of a specialist practice and the materials and processes associated to it.
  4. Generate ideas, solve problems, and produce creative outcomes that explore and communicate clear and individualised intentions and purpose.
  5. Effectively use a reflective practice to take responsibility for their own learning, development, decision making and progression.
  6. Take responsibility for the research, planning, time and actions required to access vocational and educational progression opportunities.
  7. Professionally present themselves and their work.
  8. Gather a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the creative industries and their aspirational career path within it.

In the first year of this course, you will study for the Diploma. Once that Diploma is successfully achieved, you will be invited to continue on to complete the full Extended Diploma in the second year of the course.

Please note: Fees will apply if you are 19+ at the beginning of your studies and have previously completed a Level 3 qualification or are 24 and above. All fees are charged on a yearly basis. Please see our Fees Policy for further details or get in touch to discuss your options!

Students will also have the opportunity to develop transferrable skills, making them versatile and employable individuals whilst learning the importance and application of ethical and sustainable design principles, as well as developing a rich contextual knowledge and understanding of their specialist vocational area and individualised visual language.

The full two-year qualification contains the following units:

Unit 01:

The Creative Process In this unit, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the creative process as a creative tool used and adapted by professionals across a full spectrum of creative practices. Students will explore the stages of the creative process through a practical learning journey where they will apply their knowledge of the creative process to generate ideas for creative pursuit.

Unit 02:

Developing Creative Practice This unit requires students to gain knowledge of a range of 2D, 3D and 4D creative practices and explore and use materials, methods, techniques and processes in a safe and professional manner. Students will then apply this learning to their own developing creative practice and enable them to refine their vocational ambitions.

Unit 03:

Responding to a set Brief This synoptic unit requires students to draw on learning acquired during Units 1 and 2 in the resolution of a creative problem outlined by a set brief. Students will learn how to manage and fulfil the expectations of an exciting and industry relevant project brief. They will be required to propose, plan, experiment, explore, develop, produce and present an original solution in response to the brief.

Unit 04:

Researching a Specialist Industry Practice In this unit students are required to dive into the creative industries, identifying the sectors and specific roles that ignite their vocational ambitions. Students are required to explore how the creative process is adapted and used by existing practitioners within their chosen field, cementing their learning through the application of specialist practice theory to practical activities. This unit offers students the chance to clarify and define their creative career intentions and focus their future development and progression routes.

Unit 05:

Specialist Technical skills Development This unit allows students the opportunity to fully interrogate the materials, processes, safety measures and technical skills associated with a specialist practice. Students are expected to use these skills to investigate and identify creative solutions to problems and produce specialist outcomes that reference personal and contextual influences. Students will also gain a developed understanding of ethical design principles – principles essential for progression into their chosen specialist industry.

Unit 06:

Specialist Creative Outcome This synoptic unit requires students to draw on learning from across the entire qualification to propose, plan and fully realise a self-directed, individualised, specialist practice project. Students will be required to identify and propose a thematic enquiry, evidencing a clear grounding in a selected specialist practice and knowledge of a specified audience or consumer. Students will apply the materials, methods, techniques and processes associated to their specialist practice and develop industry relevant outcomes that support progression towards a career in the creative industries.

The majority of students completing this qualification may progress into:

Employment or training

The qualification will support students to develop a portfolio of work enabling them to make applications to appropriate entry level roles, training programmes, apprenticeships or self-employment.

The qualification will prepare students for a wide range of careers in the creative industries and related subjects depending on the chosen specialism, but could include employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • Interactive arts
  • Graphic communication
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Fashion / textile design
  • Three-dimensional design
  • Photography / lens-based media
  • Media
  • Curation and exhibition management
  • Fine art

Minimum of four or more GCSEs grade 4 or above ( A*-C ), preferably including English language and usually maths, or a national award in art and design, a first diploma in art and design at merit or above, plus GCSE grade 4/C or above.
Your will need to share a portfolio of art, design or craft work and may need to complete an internal assessment. You will have the opportunity to discuss with us: Portfolio containing artwork from school (sketchbooks), Drawings and paintings from observation (including both black and white and colour), 3D work (photos of these are acceptable), Digital work (printed or saved on a memory stick) Work completed outside of school/ college e.g. photographs, drawings, paintings. Artwork fully analysed and/ or a written study of a piece of artwork. All students have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

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