UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma in Art & Design

Course Code



1 Year

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths and English or a level 2 qualification in a relevant subject area passed with merit or distinction with maths and English at grade 9-4 (or Functional Skills level 2 or above).

You will also need to produce a strong portfolio of work which you will need to discuss at your interview.

Future Study and Careers

Progression to higher level courses, which includes the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

You can also apply to a degree course, an apprenticeship or paid employment.

What you need to know


This two-year course is for you if you are creative and enthusiastic for art and design and want to gain the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to build your future as an artist or designer.

This stimulating and demanding course will allow you to explore different areas of art and design on the first year and then enhance your skills and knowledge within a chosen specialist practice in the second year.

It will support you to progress to higher education, training or apprenticeships in the creative sector.


On this course you will study on the UAL Level 3 Diploma in your first year. On successful completion of the Diploma you can then progress to UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in your second year.

This is a focused and practical course that enables you to access vibrant hands-on teaching sessions and to work on a range of experimental and industry-related project briefs.

You will develop and test your creativity by developing a wide range of skills and techniques such as drawing, painting, 3D, mixed-media, printmaking, photography and digital skills on our Apple Macs.

You will gain an understanding of visual language, research, contextual approaches and the creative process, therefore enabling you to develop creative ideas and produce creative outcomes for a portfolio of work.

This course will also enable you to develop and utilise transferable skills that will benefit you in other areas of your personal and professional life, such as initiative, problem solving, reflective learning, environmental awareness, time-management and communication.

In year 2, you will enter the Royal Opera House Design Challenge competition. The college is a flagship centre for the Design Challenge and previous winners have had their work exhibited at the V&A and gained work experience at the Royal Opera House.

As our courses are awarded by University of Arts London, you will have the opportunity to apply for their Insight Programme in London over the holiday periods.

This course consists of one unit which is assessed externally by UAL Awarding Body at the end of year 1 and unit 2 which is assessed and graded internally and externally moderated at the end of year 2. Students must successfully complete unit 1 in the first year in order to progress to year 2.


Hitchin Campus