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Digital Arts, Animation and Games Design Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2020, Full Time


Students choose from several pathways for their Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma; deciding to study either: 3D Spatial Design, Fine Art, Photography, Digital Art, Animation and Games Design, Fashion Textiles, Graphics and Illustration or Art & Design.

All students on the listed pathways work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design in their first year of study; progressing onto their University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design in their second year. The Extended Diploma at Distinction level is allocated 168 UCAS points, which is equivalent to 3 full A Levels at grade A*.

The course is particularly appropriate for school leavers who have an interest in using their traditional art skills to create interactive products. You will develop your creativity through a range of media, starting with drawing and mixed media experimental work combining digital and traditional art techniques. You will then progress through a range of project based practical units that cover digital painting, concept art, image manipulation, animation, 3D modelling, games development, web and app design. The innovation and responsive curriculum encourages your individual creativity and interests, giving you the skillset to progress to further study at higher education level. You will be taught in our digital PC studio with access to Wacom tablets, scanners, video/audio recorders, animation suites and a wide range of industry standard software.

The course covers 8 units:

Introduction to visual language in art & design
Introduction to research skills in art & design
Introduction to materials
Processes and technical skills
Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art & design
An integrated approach to 2D problem solving
An integrated approach to 3D problem solving
An integrated approach to time-based problem solving
Developing an art & design project

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Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A - C; 9 - 4 in GCSE English. A - C in GCSE Art, Graphics, Media or other related creative discipline. Relevant Level 2 Diploma in related subject at minimum Merit, plus GCSE English 9 - 4. A portfolio of creative work or sketchbook will be required for interview.


Students will continue to their Maths, English and ICT alongside employability skills. Students who do not have a grade C/4 in maths, but are accepted on to the course because of the quality of their portfolio and other qualifications, will undertake a maths GCSE qualification alongside their main programme of study.


The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden your skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require you to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders.

A final end point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides your overall grade for the year which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION. The first year (Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (36), MERIT (60), DISTINCTION (84). The second year (Extended Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (72), MERIT (120), DISTINCTION (168). Student work is externally assessed and scrutinised by External Verifiers from the University of the Arts London to ensure that academic standards are adhered maintained.


Successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design in the second year. The design and structure of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design will allow you to further extend your learning by choosing an alternative Creative Arts pathway in your second year. For example, provided that you meet the entry requirements, you could follow the Digital Art, Animation and Games Design pathway in your first year and then choose to follow the 3D Spatial Design, Photography, Digital Art, Fashion Textiles, Art & Design or Graphics and Illustration pathway in your second year. This multi-disciplinary route is becoming increasingly popular with our students who recognise that they need a broad portfolio of skills to thrive in the creative sector.

Career Progression

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, London College of Communication and Central St Martins 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, this course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.

There is an £80 levy fee attached to the course which covers course materials and enrichment activities, museum and gallery visits, which is payable at enrolment.

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