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Art, Design & Digital Media UAL Diploma Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    This programme has been designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree level study in art and design, or into employment.
    It gives you an opportunity to explore, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.
    It will enable you to develop a portfolio of work that could support progression into a range of higher education courses, usually in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications. Most learners progress to the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design.
  • What you'll learn

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    Students can expect to learn the following on the course:
    • Critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches.
    • Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas to develop creative solutions.
    • Practical methods and skills for creative production.
    • Solve complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding.
    • Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.
    • Research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities.
    The programme will offer two pathways:
    • Art & Design with drawing, mixed media, printmaking, painting and three dimensional design.
    • Art & Design with drawing, mixed media, animation, graphic design and photography.
    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
  • Entry requirements

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    You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above
    (including Art, Maths and English) or a First Diploma (at Merit Level), plus a portfolio of work. We will then invite you for an interview.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    The qualification is made up of nine units. All units are delivered through vocational learning and relate to the art and design sector. The units focus on the underpinning skills, knowledge and understanding that support all art and design activity.
    The units have been designed to allow our college to deliver them in a way that meets the specific needs of our students, taking into account college resources, relationships with local creative employers and responding to the fast-paced nature of the creative industries.
    Students are assessed via a ‘Final Major Project’ which takes place at the end of the course when they are at their best. This large project allows students to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place through completion of the other units. This unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and determines the overall qualification grade.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED programme.
    This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes masterclasses; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your university application, perfect for that next step into Higher Education.
    After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).
    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting
    Following further study you could work as:
    • An Artist, earning up to £28,000 a year, depending on experience
    • A Graphic Designer, earning between £15,000 and£26,000 a year
    • Professional Photographer, earning £30,000 on average
  • Enrichment

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    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities including:
    • Visits to art galleries and artists’ studios
    • Masterclasses and specialist workshops delivered by professionals from the art world
    • Opportunity to work to live briefs
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.
    You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.
    You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you’re a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.
    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.
    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant
    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Submit an application online by visiting our application form or by clicking on the Apply Now button.
  • Open Events

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    Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
    • Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm

    • Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm

    • Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm

    Click here to learn more or to register your attendance for one of our Open Events.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    12.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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