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UAL Art & Design (Art/Graphics/Photography/Textiles) Diploma Level 1

This is a multi-disciplinary course that builds upon the basics of drawing to develop and refine your visual ideas. This qualification is designed to provide you with increasingly sophisticated skills to express your ideas and you will undertake projects in Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design, and Textiles. This course is for anyone that knows they wish to progress towards a career in the creative industries.

You will spend a lot of time in specialist studios and workshops. You will learn about the creative industries and possible job roles. You will learn how to research and develop design ideas and produce finished designs and models. There will be opportunities to take part in research trips locally and to other cities. The creative industries cover a wide range of art and design skills and you will begin to develop these skills along with developing more general skills in English, Maths and Social Development.

UAL Awarding Body is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England. They support the creative industries across the UK by helping to develop the workforce of the future. They pride themselves on their knowledge of the sector and the quality and integrity of the qualifications they design and award.

Course Info

Level 1 - Introductory
Subject Area
Art & Design
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Matthew Boulton College,
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Entry will be by interview with an art and design portfolio.

Delivery and Assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework with regular verbal and written feedback. You will produce practical work, evidence folders, sketchbooks and a final art portfolio.


After completion you can progress on to level 2 course in Art & Design. You will have the opportunity to improve English, maths and employability skills to prepare for work or apprenticeship opportunities.

Career Opportunities

  • Animators
  • Exhibition Designers
  • Fine Artists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Illustrators
  • Printmakers
  • Production Designers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Textile Designers