SCQF Level 6
Art and Design

Course Overview
This University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design course will give you an understanding of the employment and further education opportunities available in the art and design sector. The course is designed for progression onto HND or first-year university courses or a job in the industry. 

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. During this course you will study a range of Art and Design techniques. This course is suited to school-leavers or mature students looking to develop skills in drawing using sketchbooks and to gain a better understanding of the creative process. You will research famous designers and take inspiration from their work. This course will finish with your final major project which can be displayed at our end of year show.  

You will complete challenging assignments within deadlines and attend weekly Critical and Contextual Studies. This experimental way of thinking is essential for you to succeed in this exciting creative industry. You will be encouraged to focus on a specialised subject such as drawing, painting, sculpture, 2D or 3D design. This is a flexible course made to meet your interests, abilities and aspirations.  
What You Will Learn
  • Develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art 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 in 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
  • Course work will be assessed by portfolio submission 
  • 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
  • You will gain UCAS (Pass 36 Merit 60 Distinction 84) for university applications allowing you to apply for entry to Year 1 at Scottish art colleges. 
  • Your portfolio will support applications to the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and specialist HND in Art and Design as well as first-year degree level study through UCAS 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Employment at a junior level within the creative industries 
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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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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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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