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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Studying Art at BSIX

The University of the Arts London (UAL) Extended Diploma in Art and Design is a two year Level 3 course that provides a good mix of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and visual communication. You will be gaining valuable practical skills, getting relevant qualifications and preparing yourself for working in industry or progressing on to university. There are a variety of progression routes you can expect to take on completion of this course ranging from: Advertising, Marketing, Graphic Design, Fabric/Textile Design, Fashion, Photography, Fine Art, Interior Design and Architecture.

On the course you will learn how to work independently within the creative industries, using your creativity to interpret briefs, tailoring them towards your own personal specialism and interests. You will also be taught the diverse skills required by creative professionals from tutors with industry experience. These skills will include using a range of technical equipment and digital software taught in our dedicated art studios – an open-plan space that encourages ideas sharing between students.

In order to enhance your experience you can also expect to take various art related trips and speak to industry professionals, either through guest speakers or as part of our mentor scheme: Arts Emergency. This initiative provides the opportunity to be mentored for a year by current arts professionals. The course will culminate in a final year show at the end of each academic year to prepare you for exhibiting your work publically.

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design qualification is recognised as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of higher education courses by institutions such as Arts University Bournemouth, Ravensbourne, University for the Creative Arts and Leeds College of Art. The qualification attracts 120, 240 and 360 UCAS tariff points for Pass, Merit and Distinction grades respectively.

Recent Events
  • Workshop Series, including Life-Drawing with Courtauld Institute
  • Case study project on Barbican Arts Centre
  • Portfolio Advice session at Tate Britain
  • Presentation from freelance web designer Michael Grime
  • Hertfordshire University Art Department Visit

Recommended Reading
Berger, John, 'Ways of Seeing'
Ginger, E.M and Spiekermann, Erik, 'Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works'
Harrison, Charles and Woods, Paul, 'Art in Theory'
Hughes, Roberts, 'The Shock of the New'
Wolfe, Tom, 'From Bauhaus to Our House'


Current students have received offers of places at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, Middlesex University, the University of Greenwich, Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, Southampton Solent University, the University of Roehampton and Kingston University.

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry

Fiona O'Connor
Fiona O'Connor - Teacher of Art & Design
Fiona studied Art at The Rochdale College of Art and was awarded a BA in Fashion Design from the University of Northumbria. She spent 10 years as a Costumier in the UK and USA working with a host of international theatre companies including The Royal Shakespeare Company and San Francisco Opera, before focussing solely on designing for film. Fiona ran her own Fashion Label before gaining her PGCE and continues to design freelance. She is also preparing to research the use of mobile technologies within Art and Design for a Masters at the IoE.

Bryan Parsons

Bryan Parsons - Teacher of Art & Design
Bryan studied painting at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education (BA) and Slade School of Fine Art London (MA). Bryan's art practice has changed to encompass collaborative work, video, animation, printmaking and performance. He has been teaching for four years and is continually working on collaborative artistic and educational projects. He is currently carrying out research at the Institute of Education, investigating art practice as a basis of learning.

Sarah McLinn - Teacher of Art & Design
Sarah studied Fine Art (BA) and Art & Design (MA) at Leeds Metropolitan University. Sarah's practice covers a broad area within drawing, painting, mixed media, moving image and Photoshop. She has worked as a community artist in Laos and Ecuador whilst travelling; creating murals to be displayed in the local town hall and schools. She has been teaching for four years and continues her practice in her own time.

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