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Art & Design: Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma

OUR STUDENTS HAVE progressed to FE and HE courses including London College of Fashion, UCA, University of Hertfordshire, CSM, De Montfort University and many more.

Course information

Course Summary

This full time level 3 course runs for 2 years and will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to succeed at a professional level. You will explore and express your ideas using a range of different 2D, 3D, fashion, textiles and new media techniques. Assignments will encourage you to discuss your own work and that of other artists and designers. There will also be visits to galleries and museums at regular intervals to support your studies.

Course Code:N5583
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Awarded by:UAL (University of the Arts London)
Course Length

Two years

UCAS Course Code0
Course Detail

The main course aims to develop both your practical and critical thinking skills through a range of projects together with a separate art & design history/theory and traditional life drawing programmes. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of themes and ideas through studying the work of diverse artists and designers as well as develop their own personal interests.

The course is delivered through workshops, 1-2-1 tutorials with lecturers and group critiques sessions which allow for open and honest discussion of themes and ideas within work in order to enable students to develop their own individual creative practice as well as confidence in communication skills. Each project explores a different aspect of art & design practice, with students compiling sketchbooks that evidence the development of their practical work and ideas along with supporting written work.

Each student is assigned a personal space in which to work in large, well lit studios and taught by a number of different lecturers with different specialist professional practices. The course covers a wide range of art & design skills which allows students to progress onto different specialisms at art school.

The first year is designed to give students a taster in different areas of art & design whilst building up the key practical and creative thinking skills required of all creative practitioners.

The second year is focused towards progression to HE, with students working on increasingly self directed projects within a chosen specialist field such as fine art, fashion & textiles, graphics or illustration to produce a portfolio of work for university or art school application. At the end of the year students undertake a self initiated final major project which culminates in a public exhibition.

Programme of Study:

Your main course will form part of your individual study programme which will include tutorial sessions and dedicated sessions where you will take part in commissions, live briefs, competitions and work experience. It will also include English and Maths if you have not yet achieved a Level 2. This programme of study will enable you to develop the skills and experience to gain the competitive edge in both job and higher education applications.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £4,190

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

You will also incur the following costs each year of the course, estimated below for 2022/23:

  • A sketchbook and materials - about £70
  • Project materials - about £30
  • Admission to two art galleries per term - about £60 for admission, plus travel
Entry Requirements

New Students

4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above - including English and Art and Design or an Art and Design related subject (Textiles / Graphics / Photography).

Progressing Students

Merit grade at Level 2 in an art and design subject plus a satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Following your interview you will also be required to submit a Digital Portfolio:

  • 10-15 examples of work sent as a PowerPoint or PDF – examples of work should include photographs of sketchbook pages / finished pieces of work / artwork completed in own time.
Your Next Steps

You may want to progress to higher education in an art foundation course or you can progress directly to a specialist art/design BA (Hons) or Higher National Diploma programme at University or Art School.

Potential career routes in the Art and Design industry:

  • Animator
  • Architect
  • Art therapist
  • Fine artist
  • Designer
    • Ceramics
    • Costume
    • Fashion
    • Footwear
    • Graphics
    • Interior
    • Jewellery
    • Product
    • Textile
    • Web design
  • Illustrator
  • Model maker
  • Museum/gallery assistant or curator
  • Picture framer
  • Visual merchandiser
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021