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

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

Start date

Sep 2021

Study what you want, how you want. We help you create your own study programme so that you can try a wide variety of different disciplines before specialising in a subject area.

Art and Design at Banbury and Bicester College is exciting, practical, and industry focused.

We offer a bespoke creative pathway tailored to your preferred specialism.

You'll be taught by industry trained, expert practitioners in specialist buildings housing a variety of professional facilities, including:

  • an HD TV studio
  • a cinema room
  • multiple Mac suites
  • expansive dark room
  • dedicated art workshops

The qualification is accredited by the highly regarded University of the Arts London (UAL). Among the benefits, students have the opportunity to have their work shortlisted to appear at the annual UAL awarding body exhibition at Chelsea College of Art.

Each year, our students have the opportunity to take part in our End of Year Festival to showcase their work. Take a look at our video of the 2019 show, "Arrival". 


What I'll learn

Art and Design at Banbury and Bicester College is focussed on developing personalised pathway, allowing you to undertake a broad and multi-disciplined programme of study.

Whilst learners may take this qualification in a specialist subject, it is also ideal for those who have not decided which discipline or subject area within art and design they wish to specialise in.

The creative industries need people with a mix of technical and creative skills. It relies on people that  know how to work as part of a team, but still have that  independent mindset, which you’ll grow through setting your own challenges. 

If you’re ready to specialise in an area, we’ve got you covered too! Our specialist subjects include:

  • Fine Art
  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Textiles
  • Illustration
  • Advertising
  • Printmaking
  • 3D Design
  • Ceramics 

Whatever your area of interest, you’ll be taught by industry-experienced practitioners in professional-level facilities.


How I'll learn

Art and Design at Banbury and Bicester College provides an opportunity to explore, develop and test creativity through stimulating and demanding practical exploration.

It focuses on developing understanding and application of the creative process to enable the development of creative ideas and outcomes.


How I'll be assessed

A mix of internal and external practical assessment.

There will be one external assessment taken at the end of the first unit, which is set and marked by UAL Awarding Body.

There's also one internally-assessed project (coursework), marked by the centre and moderated by UAL Awarding.

The two-year Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A Levels.

Throughout the course, you will be required to complete additional tasks, including research, on your home study days.


Entry Requirements

It is recommended that you have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. At least one GCSE should be in an art-related subject.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. You will be contacted personally to confirm any materials you may need to bring for your interview.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.