The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication 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.


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

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

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

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View the Unite Exhibition here.


Creative Practice students receives offer from Royal School of Needlework

Careers Talk from successful illustrator Maxine Lee-Mackie

Our Future Exhibition

Former Art & Design student presents award winning animation

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

Alumni profiles

Georgia Madden – Self employed Animator

Molly Glenn – Freelance Photographer specialising in Fashion

What Our Students Say

The Extended Diploma really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities within Art & Design. Before attending Carmel, I thought art was simply drawing and painting. Studying on the Extended Diploma has allowed me to venture into various specialisms such as graphics, fashion media, 3D design, textiles, photography, animation and fine art.

We've also been on trips to places such as Manchester, to gain a better understanding of what to create for our practical work.

Erin Gerrard

UAL Cretaive Practice student Erin Gerrard