Fashion and Textiles Extended Diploma Level 3
During this two-year course, students study the UAL Level 3 Applied General Extended Diploma in Art and Design. The course is designed to provide post-16 students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further, higher education and training or employment. The Extended Diploma are graded at Pass, High Pass, Merit, High Merit or Distinction, with the Distinction grade being worth 168 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 full A Levels at A* grade).
Our Fashion Textiles pathway is hands-on and creative. It is designed for highly motivated students who enjoy working in a demanding and highly aspirational studio environment. You will learn the fundamentals of fashion design, print, pattern cutting, knit wear, women's and men's wear. You will have access to industry standard studio, sewing machines and our fantastic Print/Dye Room; all housed within our award winning Creative Arts Building.
A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C/4 (including English Language and an art or design subject) and/or a relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit or Distinction. At your interview, we expect to see a recent varied portfolio of schoolwork, personal work, and the pre-interview task.
The UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design are designed to be ‘Applied General’ qualifications that provide post-16 students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further or higher education and training. The skills developed throughout these qualifications may also support students to progress into appropriate entry level roles, training programmes or apprenticeships in the creative sector.
Both qualifications provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within qualification structures that are stimulating and demanding. The Diploma and Extended Diploma aim to develop students’ understanding and application of visual language and the creative process, enabling them to develop creative ideas and produce creative outcomes.
The objectives of the Applied General qualifications are to enable students to:
1 Develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work.
2 Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions.
3 Understand, adapt and use appropriate practical skills.
4 Solve complex problems through the application of art, design or related practical, theoretical and technical understanding.
5 Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.
6 Use evaluative and reflective skills to take responsibility for their own learning, development and decision making.
7 Take responsibility for the research, planning, time and actions required to access progression opportunities.
8 Present themselves and their work.
Assessment is the process of measuring students’ skills, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification.
The assessment for the first year consists of one type of assessment:
external assessment – tasks are set, assessed and graded by UAL Awarding Body and taken under controlled conditions. This first year assessment is worth 50% of overall grade for the two year course.
The assessment for the UAL Level 3 Applied General Extended Diploma in Art & Design consists of:
internal assessment – students produce a portfolio of evidence which is assessed and graded by centre staff and externally moderated by UAL Awarding Body at the end of your second year of study
These qualifications carry UCAS points and are recognised by higher education providers as meeting the admission requirements for many relevant courses, such as:
BA (Hons) Product Design
BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Fashion Design
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Photography
BA (Hons) Games Design.
Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.
We also run our Foundation Diplomas in Art & Design and our Media Learning Company for students wanting an extra year at college to prepare for the demands of university level study or support their career into the creative industries: https://www.ccn.ac.uk/16-18/course-types/art-foundation-and-pre-degrees/?query=foundation
The skills developed throughout these qualifications may support students to progress into appropriate entry level roles, training programmes or Level 3 or higher apprenticeships in the creative sector
City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as NUA and UAL colleges to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with local, national and international artists and creative agencies to provide fantastic experience of work for our students and also to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries, the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers.
All students will need to provide their own basic equipment, with a list provided during induction. Students pay for enrichment trips and educational visits during the academic year. International trips are optional and are at additional cost payable by the student.