Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Pre-degree

2017 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 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 the UK, you’ll be working with some of the best, industry-standard equipment available.

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Length of study:

Two years full-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Also available at UCA Rochester

Course overview:

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

You’ll spend the first year exploring five different specialisms – Fine Art, Fashion Textiles, 3D Design, Lens-based Media and Visual Communication – and you’ll also take part in a live project, giving you an insight into the creative industries and the chance to work with galleries such as the Turner Contemporary in Margate or The Beaney Art Gallery in Canterbury.

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 choose one of the specialisms as a pathway to focus on for the rest of the course.

Course content - 2017 entry

Studying the five key specialisms of fine art, fashion textiles, 3D design, lens-based media and visual communication, you’ll build a fundamental skill set for a future in the creative arts, 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.

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 courses. You'll choose 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.

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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.

 

  

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).

How to apply - 2017 entry

I am a UK or EU citizen ...

When should I apply?

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March 2017. 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 - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

Normally five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2)

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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