The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Communication and Design is a two-year, full time Art and Design course equivalent to 3 A Levels.

The course gives students an in-depth introduction to the creative industries, along with a broad foundation of related knowledge, skills and attributes associated to the creative process.

It focuses on developing students’ understanding whilst gaining a wide range of Art, Design and Communication related skills. Students will develop creative ideas, solutions and outcomes with a real industry focus.

There are opportunities to engage with employers and companies through live briefs and work experience placements. Students have the opportunity to build skills and specialise in Year 1 and Year 2. Specialisms include Fine Art, Fashion, Textiles & Costume, 3D Design (Including Architecture, Set and Interior Design), Photography and Film, Fashion Image Making/Media, Graphic Design, Animation and Illustration and Curation and Exhibition Management.

Course Entry Requirements for the UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice

Any Art & Design GCSE Grade 4 or a Technology GCSE Grade 4 including Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphics Products, Textiles or equivalent. However, if you haven’t studied Art, no problem, just come and speak to one of the tutors.

UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification

What our students say about the UAL Extended Diploma – Shannon Cathcart

What our students say about the UAL Extended Diploma – Yve Johnson

Click the link below to view the Course Introduction video

Click here to take a 360 tour of the UAL Extended Diploma classroom

View the ‘ISSUE’ Exhibition created by our UAL Extended Diploma Students –


UAL Extended Diploma Issue Exhibition Jan 2022

Art students inspired by NHS Heroes Project

Design students inspired by Liverpool’s Architecture

Art students inspired by prestigious art college

Students visit British Textile Biennial

Fantastic Results for UAL Art Diploma Students

Students exhibit work at Cloud Land

KICK19: UAL Art Foundation Exhibition

What Our Students Say

When looking for an FE course I wanted the option to pursue art without knowing the direct path I wanted to take. The UAL Diploma gave me that opportunity as it allowed me to spend two years learning new skills in a wide variety of subjects whilst also specialising in a subject I felt passionate about. This course really gives you the freedom to express yourself in any way that you want to and to experiment with different artistic styles.

In the first year you focus on learning new skills in all of the subjects, allowing you to decide which subject you feel best suits you, or that you enjoy the most, when moving onto the final project. The second year then allows you to either further develop skills in your specialism or explore a new one, the choice is really yours.

The course also offers a wide variety of facilities ranging from a photography studio to a print room and screen printing facilities which makes a huge difference to the range of techniques that are available to learn and also the quality of your work. After completing the Extended Diploma I will be progressing onto London College Of Fashion to study BA Hons Contour Fashion. I am really looking forward to this opportunity and feel that it wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing help and support on offer from all the tutors and staff at Carmel.

Bethany Eddleston