SCQF Level 6
Art and Design

Course Overview
The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma is designed to develop your knowledge of fashion and textiles in order to progress onto further study or a job within the arts industry. This a practical and studio-based course that will teach you specialist skills which can lead to further study of Textiles HND taught at Edinburgh College. 

This course will encourage you to build a personal portfolio which can be used to apply for further study or a job in the arts sector. You will learn essential skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as a designer, artist or craftsperson. This course can also lead to opportunities in marketing, PR, retail or manufacturing. You will learn subjects in; Techniques and Materials, Concepts and Influences, Visual Recording and Communication. You will complete challenging assignments within deadlines and attend weekly Critical and Contextual Studies. These skills will be vital for your future career or higher-level of study. 

Regular visits to galleries, museums and university and college open days will be available. As well as this there will be a trip to historical and contemporary fashion textile exhibitions in London. This course will finish with your final major project which can be displayed at our end of year show. 
What You Will Learn
  • Develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within Fashion and Textile design or related subjects of study or work
  • Learn how to research analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions
  • Be able to understand adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production
  • Solve complex problems through the application of art design or related practical theoretical and technical understanding
  • Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods actions and results
  • Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning development and decision making
  • Take responsibility for the research planning time management and actions to access progression opportunities
  • Effectively present your ideas and artwork to appropriate audiences
  • London Study trip
  • Present personal project work at the end of year Diploma Exhibition
Entry Requirements
  • Four National 5’s or above including Art and Design and English (or equivalent) 
  • UAL Level 2 Diploma or NC SCQF Level 5 in a related subject
  • You must submit a portfolio of practical artwork that demonstrates creative potential 
  • A good general understanding of the creative process from either school college or previous study and experience 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Continual assessment of Fashion and Textile work 
  • You will gain an overall final grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
Acceptance into this course is based mainly on interview and portfolio submission 
You will be invited to attend an interview where you will be asked about your knowledge and interest in Art and Design Information on portfolio submission: 

  • You should include a variety of work that shows creative potential and imagination as well as sound drawing skills  
  • Strong portfolios usually include sketchbooks showing visual research and development using a wide variety of media and approaches 
  • Portfolios could include loose drawings, prints, paintings, design work or photographs, drop mounted on A1 white cartridge paper 
  • 3D or larger scale work can either be photographed and drop mounted on A1 white cartridge or, if a suitable scale, brought to interview 
  • We encourage candidates to include historical and contextual references in the form of notebooks and formal essays 
  • Please ensure all bookwork and essays are clearly labelled with your name and contact details 
  • Candidates should present their work in a suitable A1 portfolio case clearly labelled with their name and address on the outside 
  • Please do not submit work rolled up 

Candidates without a portfolio should undertake the tasks below and bring the drawings to your interview.  

Drawing Project Research and Investigation: Consider a variety of different objects. 

  • Natural form e.g. shells, plants (botanic gardens) fruits and vegetables  
  • Man-made e.g. kitchen utensils, musical instruments, shoes/boots, clothing.   

Please pick one of the themes above. Your research should be a record of primary source material (drawing from the actual object(s)). The aim is to make a variety of drawings on the same theme using different kinds of drawing materials. 

  • Pencil  
  • Pen  
  • Charcoal  
  • Crayon/pastel 

You will try to recreate in as realistic a way as possible the same form, structure, texture and colour of the object(s) using line tone and colour (where relevant). You should complete a minimum of six drawings.
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Year one at Scottish art colleges
  • UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • HND Textiles
  • Various HND’s in Art and Design 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Various positions in the fashion and textile industry at junior level 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Niamh Curran has been named Star Creative Student at the Marketing Society Star Awards. 

Twenty-year-old Niamh beat off stiff competition from other college and university students across Scotland to be crowned the winner. After wowing the panel with her design work, Niamh headed along to the awards ceremony with Edinburgh College lecturers Helena Good and Chris Hughes, where she was announced as the winner and presented with the award by sponsor The Union marketing agency. 

As a result of the award, Niamh will do a paid work placement with The Union marketing agency in the summer. Niamh said:  

“I couldn’t believe it when I was shortlisted for this award. The project is unique because you have to initially do a written submission and, after being told I was horrendous at English in school and getting an F in my English exam, it was such a surprise that my written submission was shortlisted.” 
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Pre Degree Courses

The Pre Degree Courses Book showcases the work of students from our UAL Level 1, 2, 3, and Foundation Diploma students. 

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