Art and Design Diploma Level 3 (UAL)

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus


The UAL Level 3 Diploma course is equivalent to 1.5 Advanced Highers and is a broad-based practical course suited to school-leavers or adult returners looking to expand their existing skills and portfolio before moving on to study a Foundation Diploma, HND or Degree in Art and Design.

A range of stimulating briefs gives you exciting opportunities through the year to create personal responses whilst exploring a range of traditional and non-traditional materials, techniques and approaches. You will be introduced to a wide range of historical and contemporary Artists and Designers work and encouraged to contextualise and critically evaluate your own work. Reflecting on your own and other Artist and Designers work allows you to identify your personal strengths and which areas of Art and Design interest you for further exploration.

You will be supported by experienced lecturers to produce a suitable portfolio for more advanced level study and to present a personal project of your choice at end of year assessment.

Our UAL level 3 Diploma students are very successful and receive offers on to both our UAL Foundation Diploma and HNDs with some students progressing directly onto Degree-level programmes across the UK.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5 including English and Art and Design; or Art and Design Diploma Level 2 (UAL); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. Interview and portfolio of work required.

Progression Routes

You'll gain UCAS (Pass 36 Merit 60 Distinction 84) for university applications allowing you to apply for entry to Year 1 at Scottish art colleges. Your portfolio will support applications to the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and specialist HND in Art and Design as well as first-year degree level study through UCAS.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Art and Design

SCQF Level