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UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma


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Do you have an interest in Photography but want to combine this with other subjects? Are you looking at developing your creative skillset in photography? Do you want to have access to outstanding art facilities and expert specialists? If the answer to these questions is yes, then the UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts – Photography maybe for you!

The University of the Arts London awarding body is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England and builds on the well-known reputation of UAL as one of the leading universities for Art and Design. The UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts Photography is equivalent to an A Level and carries the same amount of UCAS points. You will take this alongside two other A Level choices.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths.

A grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and a portfolio of previous artwork

During this qualification you will have the opportunity to experiment with the traditional and digital technical aspects of image making. You will develop an understanding of the creative process and explore the context of your work. In addition you will expand your creative problem solving for a range of visual communication applications.

Your programme will end with a self-directed project, giving you a chance to show off your skills. You will be able to demonstrate your creative confidence by working independently. We will celebrate your work with an end of year exhibition alongside other students of Bristol School of Art!

The course is taught at our nearby campus at WISE and allows learners access to our high-quality facilities. This includes a darkroom, print workshop and Mac suite led by expert tutors, whilst also being part of the Sixth Form.

Once you complete the full two-year programme you will be ready to explore Higher Education opportunities or our Foundation Diploma. Universities offer a range of creative degrees and this subject is ideal for those looking at undertaking one in Photography, Art of Media especially when combined with other subjects.

Taking the UAL L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Photography you will have access to our well-resourced Art facilities at our WISE Campus where the Bristol School of Art is based. The Art department organise trips to Art galleries and also live projects with external bodies. Previous examples of this has been working with Filton Community Gardens to create public art. You can also join our range of academies to further the skills you have developed in the subject. For example, you could join our Social Academy which organises cultural celebrations throughout the year, or our Craft Academy which designs and makes items to sell the charity throughout the year. You may like to join our Psychology Academy if you are thinking of using Art for Art therapy or our Sociology Academy to further your understanding of issues in the world and combining your art skills with this. Lastly, you may choose to join our Media Academy to further develop skills with software such as photoshop.

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