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Progress to Creative & Digital Arts – Level 1

UAL Levels 2 and 3 Awards and Diplomas in Art, Design & Media

Progress to Creative & Digital Arts – Level 1

Units covered will be:

  • Developing self
  • Preparation for work
  • Environmental awareness
  • Working as part of a group

Plus a selection of creative units. Please click HERE for more details or out Progress to… curriculum.

What is UAL?

We are proud to offer qualifications accredited by University Arts London, known as UAL. University of the Arts London is a top ranked university in the world for art and design. They offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide. UAL is made up of six colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

Each has a long established, global reputation for producing outstanding work.

The UAL Level 2 Award in Art & Design

The UAL Level 2 Award in Art & Design has been developed to provide students with an interest in art and design with the opportunity to explore the materials, methods and processes that support art and design activities, and to begin to develop some related technical skills. The qualification structure provides a linked introduction to the broad context within which art and design activity sits. This initial experience of art and design activity is intended to provide students with an early test of their commitment and interest in the subject. It also provides an opportunity for them to explore and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for progression within art and design education. The Award in Art & Design can be used as a precursor to the Level 2 Diploma.

The Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design

The Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design is designed to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through the Award and to provide an opportunity to explore, develop and test creativity. The qualification structure will provide a sound base of skills and knowledge, will enhance self-confidence, and impart an understanding of the career demands and opportunities within art and design.

Study for the combined qualifications will normally be over a period of one year and is likely to appeal to those
seeking to complete a period of practical study as an alternative to a more academic route. The structure of the Diploma, with units linked to provide coherence, allows students to develop their practical skills and theoretical understanding through a process of reiteration and reinforcement. It also enables them to develop an effective working practice that will support creativity across a range of stimulating and demanding art and design activities. To facilitate the transition
between levels of study, the qualification incorporates units at both Levels 2 and 3. The final unit, which can be achieved at either Level 2 or 3, requires students to demonstrate the ability to use their knowledge, skills and understanding to successfully
complete an assignment that involves greater self-direction in preparation for study

  • This course is ideal for any aspiring artist, filmmaker or designer.
  • Opportunities will exist for students to successfully complete their GCSEs or functional skills in mathematics and English if needed.
  • There are no exams on this course. Assessment is through assignments, practical project work and portfolios.

The UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma Art & Design

The UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

It is delivered over two years and will allow students to apply for a range of higher education courses or access employment in the local creative industries.

The purpose of the qualification is further defined by its aims, which are to enable the candidate to:

  • Have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work
  • Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions
  • Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production
  • Solve complex problems through the application of art, design or related practical, theoretical and technical understanding
  • Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results
  • Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision-making
  • Take responsibility for the research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities.
  • Effectively present themselves and their work to appropriate audiences.

We offer

  • A high level of individual attention and training.
  • The opportunity to receive personalised and expert tuition to ensure your skills are developed to the highest possible standard.
  • A GCSE equivalent accredited qualification.

How do I get in?

Entry onto the UAL Level 1 course requires a standard of literacy and numeracy equivalent to Entry Level 3 plus an interview and good reference. Learners will be expected to continue their work towards English and Maths GCSEs or functional skills.

Entry onto the UAL Level 2 course requires four GCSEs grade D/3 or above across a range of subjects including English Language, or other related Level 1 qualifications.

Entry onto the UAL Level 3 course requires candidates to have achieved five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above across a range of subjects including English language, an interview and a good reference.

What can I do afterwards?

On successful completion of the Level 1 course you will hold a Level 1 qualifications that will allow you to progress to a Level 2 course.

Successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma allows you to progress to any Level 2 course provided at Guernsey College of Further Education.

On successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma course you will hold Level 2 qualifications that are equivalent to four GCSEs at Grade A* to C with the possibility of Unit 9 providing the equivalent to one GCSE at A Level grade A-C

Studying a UAL Level 2 in Art & Design will give you the skills and experience you need to progress on to a Level 3 qualification. You will be able to apply for the UAL Level 3 Diplomas in Art & Design, Performing Arts or any other Level 3 qualification.

On successful completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design course you will hold a Level 3 qualification which is equivalent to three A levels at Grade A*- C, allowing graduates to progress to universities or art colleges or to access employment within the local creative industries.

You can also:
Use the core skills you have learned like team work, communication, creative thinking and problem solving to support your entry into any area of employment you would like to pursue.

For more details or how to apply, please contact Gillian McCartney

Additional learning support

As part of your learning programme, if you have not yet attained a grade C/4 or equivalent in Mathematics and English language, you will be required to study a Functional Skill or GCSE in these

Students may require additional support for a number of reasons. At the start of your course you will be asked to complete an initial assessment in order for us to identify any additional needs that you may have. During your course, your personal tutor will be able to guide you on how best to access support.

We can offer the following:

  • Progress Coaches
  • Learner Support assistance (1:1)
  • Learner Support assistance (group)
  • Learner Support assistance (drop-ins)
  • Specialist ESOL teaching
  • Study lab sessions
  • In-class support
  • Special arrangements for exams