Extended Diploma in Art & Design (UAL Level 3)

What is the Course About?

Faculty: Creative and Leisure Industries

Department: Art, Design, Media and Music

The course includes a stimulating range of art and design-based subjects and projects, some of which are ‘live’ for gallery exhibitions or design briefs for clients.

From the outset, we aim to improve your existing creative skills and introduce you to many new and innovative approaches to creating art. You will experiment with lots of new materials and processes and this will allow you to build your technical skills whilst developing research skills and growing your awareness of critical and contextual issues.

The course has been designed to provide you with a strong foundation for progressing to a broad range of creative subjects at university or employment. It provides you with a vital bridge between school and university, helping you to become more independent thinker and practitioner.

During the second year you will be given the opportunity to take a week-long educational trip to London. The trip gives you the chance to visit/explore galleries, museums, media studios, and current major exhibitions. There will also be an opportunity to research university options in and around the London area and to visit the UCAS Fair.

What will I study?

This course is made up of 1 Unit in the first year and 1 Unit in the second year.

Year 1 – You will be introduced to the principles of Art, Design and Media Theory, plus technical and practical skills. You will explore and experiment in relation to design briefs, to help you choose a specialism. Areas covered are:

  • 2D (drawing, painting, illustration, graphic design, photography and printmaking)

  • 3D (ceramics, 3D design, fashion, textiles and sculpture)

  • 4D time based (animation).

You will finish the year with a final major project set by UAL but run by you based on your interests and strengths and supported by your tutors. The result of which will determine your final grade for the year.

Year 2 – You will be stretched and challenged as you extend your knowledge and experience of the disciplines within which you are working. You will prepare for degree level study or employment by becoming increasingly independent. You will be fully supported by your tutors when preparing for application interviews to higher education or employment, whilst producing a portfolio or work. You will be working with subject specialist briefs through the year and will produce a self-identified final major project which you will exhibit in an end-of-year-exhibition.

Days and hours of attendance (ideally a timetable, if not approx.)

Level 3 Art & Design Example

9.10-10.40 (break 10.40-11)


1-2.30 (break 2.30-3)




Fine Art



Visual Communication



Tutorial 1-3



Directed Study


Directed Study

Digital Media

Specialist uniform and/or kit required

Starter pack information

It is important that you have the basic Art & Design equipment and materials at the beginning of your course to make an immediate start to your work. Suggestion is to clearly mark/label your own equipment with sharpies or nail polishso you don’t lose your kit.

Listed below are the essential requirements for the course in Art & Design. All the items are available in a variety of shops in Douglas or you can buy them on-line.

Suggested local stores are:

WH Smiths (Strand Street), Creative Shop (Strand Street), The Artist (Nelson Street),

Dealz (Strand Street), Bridge Bookshop (Ramsey and Port Erin), Joan’s Wool & Crafts (Onchan), The Stationery Shop (Ramsey).

Online suppliers: www.seawhites.co.ukwww.specialistscrafts.co.ukwww.artistsuppliesdirect.co.ukand www.atlantisart.co.uk

The specialist photography equipment supplier we suggest is ‘Morrison Photos’ located in 3 Tynwald Street, Douglas.

Electronic supplies: Isle of Gadgets (Douglas), Gadget Man (Douglas), PC World.

Basic Art and Design equipment

Essential Equipment

1 A1 art portfolio carry case/poly folio

2 Pritt Sticks

1 Pencil sharpener

1 Rubber

2 Masking tapes 25mm

1 packet of Blue Tack

2 rolls of Sellotape

1 Set of pencils HB-6B

2 Black fineliner pens

2 permanent black markers (Sharpie)

1 30cm Ruler

1 large pair of scissors - marked or labelled with your name

1 A4 logbook /sketchbook (available from College reception)

1 graphite stick 6B

1 set of chalk pastels

1 mixed pack of different size bristle brushes

1 tube of ‘uhu’ glue

2 tubes of superglue

1 charcoal pencil

1 craft knife with blades

1 box of good quality watercolours

1 box of dressmakers pins

4 Ilford HP5 135-24 Film

1 Ilford 5” x 7” Multigrade Pearl or Glossy Photographic Paper -100 sheets-DO NOT OPEN IN DAYLIGHT!

1 External Drive of at least 500mb

4 GB SD digital memory card – for use with College Digital DSLR cameras

1 quality USB card reader (Sandisk imagemate all-in-one is very good)

You will also need to bring with you a small box to store your equipment in – preferably with a lock. A small digital camera or camera phone is also very useful for recording.

Wear casual clothes, an old shirt or overalls for messy activities.

What Happens Next

1. Once you apply online, we will send you an email so you know we have received your application.

2. If you are new to UCM, you will be asked to attend an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you find out more about UCM and the course you've applied for, and we find out more about you.

After your ISA, we will either:

* make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

* make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

* place you on a waiting list, if the course is already full (if this is the case, we will also advise you to apply for another course, just in case);

* suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you.

Once you have a place, you will be asked in to enrol in person.

Information Sharing Appointment (ISA)

Which Campus

University College Isle of Man, Homefield Road

Timetable and what to expect


What to wear

Casual Clothing

What to bring

Prior to your ISA (Information Sharing Appointment) please upload to the learner portal 6 images of completed work (drawing, painting, 3D, textiles, fashion, design or photography) and 6 images from your preparatory work (sketchbooks pages or worksheets). If you have digital work please attach a link to where we can view and ensure you change the settings to public. Please note each upload must be under 10MB in size or they will not upload. In addition to this please bring your portfolio and any sketchbooks to your appointment.

Useful links

Course Fee PolicyStudent Awards (Grants)Free School MealsBusesInternational ApplicationsChildcare SupportStudent Emergency Fund


What are my progression and career options?

You could progress to university, after which there are many career options, which include becoming: a graphic designer, photographer, fashion designer, interior designer, exhibition designer, ceramicist, jewellery maker, illustrator, fine art artist, animator, visual merchandiser or a web designer.

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts tariff points for each final grade: Pass 72, High Pass 96, Merit 120, High Merit 144 and Distinction 168. You should be advised that some university degree courses require students to have gained GCSEs at C or above in Maths and English, and you may be advised to complete these qualifications to ensure that you have the best possible chance to progress to higher education.

How will I be assessed?

The course is based on continual assessment, approximately every six weeks, which can be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, and/or an exhibition of the work completed during this period. At the end of each year, you will produce a final project which demonstrates your skills and creativity in your chosen specialist discipline. This body of work is displayed in the end-of-year-exhibition.

Assessment takes the form of one external assessment taken at the end of the first year/unit, which is set and marked by the UAL Awarding Body and one internally assessed project taken at the end of the second year/unit, which is marked by the centre and moderated by UAL Awarding Body. Both units of the Extended Diploma are graded as Fail, Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Unit 1 and Unit 2 are aggregated to provide the final overall grade for the Extended Diploma qualification of: Fail, Pass, High Pass, Merit, High Merit and Distinction.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs, at grade C or above (or grades 9-4), at least one of which should be in an Art and Design subject or the equivalent Level 2 qualification in an appropriate subject e.g. Art & Design (BTEC or UAL) with a Level 2 profile at merit and distinction grades.

  • Suitable evidence of your learning and achievement, ideally in the form of a portfolio of Digital Media, Art and Design, or Design Technology work, to be presented during your interview.