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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts

From drawing to digital modelling, find your unique voice as a visual communicator and gain the specialist skills needed by future employers and courses in the realm of graphic design, illustration and game art.

The full title of this award qualification is UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication. University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body supports innovative approaches to programme design and specialist delivery models within broader contexts. Therefore Pre-Degree students at Arts University Plymouth are offered the opportunity to pick from five creative pathways including; Art & Design, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Animation & Media Production, Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts, and Photography.


The UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication provides students with a high degree of professional flexibility that can be mapped across various progression routes including freelance careers, creative and industrial employment, business development opportunities, university and higher-level apprenticeships.

No matter whether you are a filmmaker, photographer, designer, illustrator, artist, or something else entirely, this qualification provides an in-depth introduction to the creative industries, along with a broad foundation of related knowledge, skills and attributes that are part of the creative process. This provides you with an opportunity to develop your creative practice in a professional and agile manner, and work across different subject areas. It allows opportunities to collaborate, understand the wider aspects of creative practice and gives you the opportunity to explore, test and experiment in your chosen specialism, as you start to develop the employable and industry skills that will help you build a career.

This Level 3 Extended Diploma course is a two-year equivalent to A-levels, this flexible route offers an in-depth understanding of the techniques and applications used in graphic design, illustration and game arts.

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You’ll be taught by a dedicated course team including professional designers, illustrators and interactive specialists who will guide the development of your drawing and design skills, encouraging you to experiment with materials and techniques while teaching you how to communicate ideas in powerful and memorable ways – giving you the confidence to present and discuss your work with employers or universities.

Among the more specialist digital skills that you’ll develop are technical and creative image manipulation and 3D computer modelling, working with digital technologies such as Unity, Maya, 3D Studio Max and Adobe creative software.

You’ll develop an understanding of the context of interactivity and games design, including the evolution of mobile technology for handheld devices and apps.

“I really like the individuality of the course and that you’re given the freedom to work independently. You learn about a variety of different subjects in a relaxed environment – and there are great resources available too."
Gregory Trewartha-Jones
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We normally offer places to students who have at least four GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and preferably with one in a creative subject (or 9-4 in the new grading scheme), and who show commitment and enthusiasm for art and design through examples of creative work.

Many of our students choose to continue their studies with us on degree programmes across art, design, craft and digital media. We guarantee our Extended Diploma students a place on one of our BA (Hons) programmes if they achieve a Merit or higher in their final assessment and meet any additional entry criteria.