Entry Requirements

A Level Grade C in an Art and Design / Technology subject or UAL Extended Diploma Merit or equivalent.

Exam Board Specification

What you will study

• Experiment within art, design and media • Develop interdisciplinary and research skills
• Workshops including life drawing
• Trips, live briefs and opportunities to work with artists and designers.

DEVELOPING SPECIALIST PRACTICE (Unit 2 for Level 3/ Unit 3 for Level 4)
• Specialise in an area of study
• Develop a portfolio working with a specialist tutor
• Specialisms include Graphic Design, UX, Illustration and Animation, Fine Art, Fashion/ Textiles, Fashion Communication, Photography, 3D Design, Costume and Set Design, Architecture and Interior Design. (Specialisms are reactive to student ambitions)

• Initiate, research, complete and evaluate a project within your chosen professional area
• Showcase your work in a public exhibition



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Assessments and course support

You must pass all three mandatory units to be awarded the qualification. Your final grade will be determined by the level of achievement awarded in Unit 4; Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • Support and Challenge from day one
  • Be treated as an artist or designer with high expectations
  • Assessments and tutorials
  • Supportive peer network and group critiques
  • Tailored careers advice and specialist portfolio preparation sessions
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Enrichment Activities & Progression

  • Organise charity events such as fashion shows & pop up shops
  • Competitions, live briefs and external exhibitions
  • Workshops from UAL colleges
  • Work experience opportunities with our alumni and industry partners

Progress to further study or a career in the creative industries. Former Carmel students are now working at Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Liverpool FC, Factory Create, In The Style, Ann Demeulemeester, Fromental, Wonderland Magazine and Solomen Cordwell Buenz.

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Applications for 2024 Entry

You will need to ask someone (eg a teacher) to write a character reference for you to support your application for this course. The reference should include information regarding your attendance, punctuality and work submission. Please ask your referee to email their reference, before the closing date, to Kate Roberts, Head of UAL Art Foundation, kater@carmel.ac.uk.

The application deadline has now passed, however, if you are interested in making an application, please contact the Head of Department Kate Roberts for more information – kater@carmel.ac.uk

Your Interview

All applicants who apply before the closing date will be interviewed in the Spring Term. You will be informed of your interview by email.

Please bring the following to your interview:

  1. Exam result slips for AS and A2 Levels, BTECs or UAL Art Diploma you have already achieved.
  2. A portfolio of your recent work (produced in the last year).

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Entry Requirements

A Level Grade C in an Art and Design / Technology subject or UAL Extended Diploma Merit or equivalent.

Exam Board Specification