Art, Design & Communication (Vocational)

Art, Design & Communication (Vocational)

The Art, Design and Communicational (Vocational) course is a UAL awarded programme where you can explore your passion, being able to delve across a variety of disciplines such as painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, 3D design and more.

The Creative Arts Department

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The creative arts are at the forefront of British economic growth. The understanding engendered through studying art, design and photography at QMC equips young people with a visual literacy which enriches their lives and their cognition, whilst the skills they learn prepare them for higher level study or employment. We have access to a wealth of industry standard equipment and resources and benefit from excellent relationships with universities, artists and designers who support our students progressing into successful careers within the arts

Art & Design L3

Course Summary

This vocational full-time art course is designed for students who are committed to a creative education and are interested in exploring a wide variety of disciplines from across the department including: Fine Art, Textiles, Photography, 3D design and Graphics. In the first year, students will achieve the Subsidiary Diploma (9 units) and will progress to the Extended Diploma in the second (9 further units).

The course provides the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for learners wishing to pursue higher level study on a broad range of degree programmes and for preparing learners for employment in the creative industries. This qualification offers an engaging programme for students who are clear that they wish to pursue an art & design education and will enable them to build a diverse portfolio. Achievement of the qualification will enable students to directly enter degree programmes, without the necessity to study an Art Foundation course.

Specific Entry Requirements

The Extended Diploma requires grade 4 or above at Art GCSE. Being open to experimentation and trying new things, as well as having a creative outlook and a willingness to work hard, is highly valued.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

We have students who are now architects, costume designers, photographers, designers, book illustrators, interior designers, graphic designers, fashion assistants, teachers and practicing artists.

Students have gone on to study degrees at institutions including Central St Martins, Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion, Royal School of Needlework, UCA (Farnham, Epsom), UAL (Kingston, Camberwell), Manchester Metropolitan, Bournemouth, Falmouth, Brighton, Winchester and UWE (Bristol).

How is the course assessed?

Throughout the two year course, you will engage with 6 units (3 in each year), providing a comprehensive and well-rounded artistic education. All units are internally assessed (with external moderation by UAL Awarding Body), ensuring that you receive personalised feedback and guidance. The units are awarded a pass, merit, or distinction, recognising your dedication and proficiency.

Upon completion of the two-year program, you will be awarded a grade at Pass, Merit or Distinction level, reflecting your achievements across the units. The UAL Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels,  and will open doors to a multitude of exciting opportunities in the art and design realm.

What topics will I be studying?

-Painting and Drawing







-3D Design (inc. Ceramics)

-Contemporary Fine Art

-Digital Art


Will I need specialist materials or equipment?

The studio fee of £80 per year covers most of the materials that students will require. Students may wish to purchase additional craft materials to develop additional skills within their area of interest. There will be the opportunity to take part in a residential trip.



Explore the trips!

During your time on the full-time Art course, you will be given the opportunity to go on trips to galleries and locations to enhance your experience through looking at the work others and engaging in practical activities away from the classroom. We believe that these experiences are vital to your development as a photographer and would urge you to take these opportunities whenever you can. To see more photos from our trips please look on our Instagram page.

One of the key experiences we offer is our annual trip to Venice at the start of the second year. The students who come with us get an amazing experience and come back having developed their practice and understanding and with a body of work which really pushes them forward as photographers and artists. Below is a sample of just some of the work produced during or as a result of this trip.

As well as the work you produce for your A level, you will be given opportunities to enter local and national competitions and engage in projects outside of your normal studies. We regularly have talks from universities, artists and companies to give you a broader understanding of future options and if you decide to pursue art past A level, we will work with you to put together your portfolio and prepare for interviews.

We also offer enrichments within the art department, such as Professional Art Practice, to help develop your skills and give you a broader experience which will benefit your future ambitions. To learn more, please have a look at our enrichments guide.

Any Questions?

Our Head of Department, Tom Cops will be happy to help.

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