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DUAL (University of the Arts London)
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Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (Art & Design)

This highly progressive and dynamic course allows you to explore and develop your skills in art and design. You will experiment with a variety of exciting techniques and processes, and gain a range of contemporary and traditional skills through studio and workshop practice.

You will build your knowledge of artists, designers and makers, whilst visits to cultural venues such as Bristol, Oxford, Manchester and London will give you an exciting overview of contemporary international art and design practice.

Studying an Extended Diploma in Art and Design at HCA provides you with the space, understanding, and opportunities you need to develop.

The first year is an immersive experience, developing your confidence across a range of specialisms with an extensive programme of workshops in:

  • Textiles & Fashion
  • Photography & Film
  • Print-making
  • Small Metals
  • 3D Fabrication
  • Ceramics
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Graphic Design & Illustration

The second year allows you to focus on your chosen specialism and refine your ideas and outcomes.  You can work in any of the following pathways:

  • Graphic & Media Design
  • Illustration & Animation
  • Fine Art
  • Contemporary Design Crafts (wood, metal, jewellery design, ceramics & mixed-media)
  • Photography & Moving image
  • Fashion and Textiles

Your choice of specialism often underpins your future direction. Students on this course have a great track record of moving on to their first choice university. If you chose to pursue higher education at HCA, you will have the added advantage of specialising in an area that dovetails with our degree-level courses. Tutors will guide you through your UCAS application for higher education, and support you to produce a professional portfolio of work ready for university interviews or securing direct employment.

Rather than finish with an exam, both the first and second year culminates in an extended project, leading to a dynamic curated exhibition that showcases your work to the public.

In 2018, 36% of students on this course achieved UCAS points equivalent to A*A*A* at A-level.

UAL Awarding Body believes in transformative education. They design and award creative qualifications that empower and inspire educators to help students reach their potential.

UAL Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation and currently offers qualifications in Art and Design, Fashion Business and Retail, Creative Media Production and Technology,

Music Performance and Production and Performing and Production Arts. They are also the UK’s leading provider of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Their qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university, comprising six renowned 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.

  • Working with a range of external companies on live projects such as: Hereford Skate park, Sidney Nolan Trust and The National Trust.
  • Young Enterprise successes – HCA teams have been regional award winners for the last three years.  
  • Workshops and lectures that included a day working with a senior model-maker from Aardman Animations.
  • HCA Affordable Arts Fair held annually in Hereford city centre.
  • Collaborative exhibition at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Overnight visit to UCAS ‘Create your Future’ university fair.

You can achieve a maximum of 168 UCAS points equivalent to 3 A-Levels at A* grade.  Students successfully completing this course can apply to degree courses at HCA and other universities and colleges throughout the UK.

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 9 – 4 (A*- C) or a Merit at Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design.  To ensure that you qualify, it is highly desirable that you achieve at least a Grade 4 / C or above in English and Maths.
  • Interview & portfolio.
  • Minimum age: 16 years

See student work

on our first year Instagram account

WatchVideos on project work from our students

"Tutors understand your work and what your specialisms are, so they can help you grow in the area that you want to pursue." HCA Student Survey