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Art, Design & Digital Media UAL Extended Diploma Level 3 (Second Year)

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
    This course has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree level study in art and design, into further education and training, 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 generally delivered over two years and will allow students to apply for a range of higher education courses.
  • What you'll learn

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    This course offers 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.

    You will also learn:
    • Different perspectives & approaches
    • Understanding & adapting practical methods and skills for creative production
    • Critically reviewing the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions & results
    • Using evaluative & reflective skills
    • Research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities
    • Presenting yourself and your work to appropriate audiences
  • Entry requirements

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    A grade 4 or above in Art/Design or Graphics, plus four additional grade 4 GCSEs, including Maths and English.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Assessment is via a ‘Final Major Project’ which takes place at the end of the course when you are at your best. This large project allows you to demonstrate the learning that has taken place through completion of 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.
    Following further study you could work as:
    • An Arts Therapist, earning between £30,000 and £43,000 per year.
    • Advertising Art Director, earning between £18,000 and £100,000 per year.
    • An Art Gallery Curator, earning between £18,000 and£40,000 per year.
  • 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
  • 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 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:

    09:00 - 17:00
    12.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    72 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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