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In Pictures: Design To Sell 2023

Kicking off the Festive Season with flair, our Extended Diploma courses joined forces to craft and showcase their creations, offering a diverse range of items for sale. From vibrant prints to meticulously crafted handmade garments, there was something to delight everyone.
<p>In a captivating transformation, Arts University Plymouth's Pre-Degree campus morphed into a festive craft market as students aged 16-19 showcased and sold their creations at the much-anticipated Design To Sell event. This annual affair, held at the end of November, marked the festive season's commencement. Bringing together a diverse range of students from various Pre-Degree courses, the event gives creative students a vibrant marketplace to display and sell their unique wares to the general public.</p>
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Photos by Luke Frost, UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Photography Graduate

<p dir="ltr">With a vintage and dark academia theme this year, antique decorations, moody lighting, and accessories created the perfect space for local emerging creatives to showcase their one-of-a-kind creations.</p> <p dir="ltr">The yearly event, featured on BBC Spotlight last year, provides an opportunity for students on our range of Extended Diploma courses to collaborate in creating a public exhibition and pop-up shop, enabling them to sell their work and gain valuable market exposure. Each year's offerings include a diverse range of items for sale, from handmade garments and jewellery to printed t-shirts and prints.<br /></p>
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Photos by Luke Frost, UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Photography Graduate

Building skills for success in the creative industries or any chosen career path is a crucial aspect of our commitment at Arts University Plymouth. Our Pre-Degree and Sixth Form centre offers dedicated full-time creative study options for students post-GCSEs, providing them with the next step in their education. Our further education students cultivate exceptional technical knowledge and industry skills, essential for their journey toward becoming successful creative professionals. Design to Sell, an annual celebration of their work, offers students the chance to design, craft, and sell products and experiences to our community. This project not only hones their entrepreneurial skills but also instils confidence in their work. It remains one of the standout events of the year!
Maddy Blyth, Assistant Head of Pre-Degree at Arts University Plymouth
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Photo by Luke Frost, UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Photography Graduate

<p dir="ltr">For parents guiding students through the post-GCSE decision-making process for September 2024, Design To Sell at <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/courses/pre-degree" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Arts University Plymouth's Pre-Degree &amp; Sixth Form centre</a> provides a unique opportunity to explore the facilities, engage with students and faculty, and gain insights into the skills cultivated through the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice programs. </p> <p dir="ltr">In 2023, 33% of Extended Diploma students at Arts University Plymouth achieved a Distinction, exceeding the national benchmark for this qualification. Initial feedback from first-year students in September revealed an impressive overall satisfaction rate of 97%, up from 95% in 2022, spanning across all Pre-Degree courses. Particularly noteworthy is the unanimous satisfaction among UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice students specialising in Photography, Fashion &amp; Textiles, and Graphics, Illustration &amp; Game Arts, with 100% expressing contentment with their courses at Arts University Plymouth.</p> <p dir="ltr">Interested? Why not book an Open Day <a href="https://www.aup.ac.uk/events/open-day-pre-degree-jan24" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">here</a>?<br /></p>