The UAL Art & Design Diploma/Extended Diploma is a qualification for students who wish to study Art and Design full time.

Students will develop a wide range of Art and Design skills, understanding and knowledge. Successful completion of this course may lead to an Art Foundation Diploma, university or the creative industries.

As part of the course, students will participate in a series of projects. These projects will include painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, graphics, photography, fashion and textiles. Students will gain practical expertise and independent learning skills. Therefore, students will have a clear understanding of career directions within the Art and Design field.

  • Successful completion of year 1 UAL Art & Design leads to a Diploma.
  • In year 2 the course will lead to an Extended Diploma which is equivalent to 3 x GCE A levels.
  • Design Technology students will be considered and must consult Art staff at interview.
  • Students not studying Art and Design at GCSE level may bring a portfolio of artwork to interview and will also be considered.

Course Entry Requirements for UAL Art & Design

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 Art & Design Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification


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