Art & Design Student Painting
Cardonald Campus
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Other non-advanced qual
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (formally known as Portfolio Prep) is a general Art & Design course designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to the next level. This might be HNC/D Art & Design or Degree course.

If you have an interest in the visual arts it provides an opportunity for you to explore, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

What will I learn?

This course is ideal if you wish to gain entry into 1st year at Art School or progress onto HNC/D Art-based courses within the college.

The course content is delivered by a team of established and practising artists and designers. It covers all general Art driplines within fine art and design such as drawing, painting, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, illustrative sculpture, and observational drawing. This will allow you find the subject best suits your skills and will allow for a more focused progression.

Throughout this general art and design course, you will work on your own portfolio. Tutor support is provided on a one-to-one basis throughout this process providing invaluable advice about which direction to head with projects; ensuring the preparation of a portfolio that is well-rounded with a diversity of media and project types. In each project you will work on source drawing, design development and creative solutions.

Life drawing is an important additional element and this is offered by the College at a reduced cost.

You will be invited to attend open days and exhibitions, given assistance with the UCAS process, and helped prepare for your art school interview and the submission of your portfolio.

Employer and industry links

We have well established links with professional Artist and Designers who deliver live briefs.

Jobs and further study

Students have progressed to universities and art school, including Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Queen Margaret University, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Grays Art School, Edinburgh Napier University, Central St. Martins, Camberwell College of Art and Design, University of Creative Arts, Heriot-Watt University, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, as well as a variety of HND programmes. 

  • HNC Fine Art: Painting and Print Making
  • HNC Fine Art Portfolio
  • HND Fashion Design 
  • HND Fashion Textiles
  • HND Jewellery
  • HND Graphic Design for Print and New Media: Visual Communication
  • HND Fine Art: Contemporary Art Practice
  • HND Computer Arts and Animation

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • 2 Highers including Art and Design, and English, are preferable but not essential OR
  • Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design.
  • A strong portfolio of art and design work
  • A suitable reference is required
  • A personal statement is key to supporting a successful application.
  • Foundation/Modern Apprenticeship Award.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • You will be invited to attend an interview. Please bring along your portfolio, qualifications and references.
  • Proof of qualifications must be supplied before an offer can be made.
  • You will be interviewed within one month after the application.
  • You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email within 10 working days of the interview. 

Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be invited to a further session in June where you will be given additional information about your course. It is essential that you attend this.

Offer of a place - definitions

  • An unconditional place - you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.
  • A conditional place - your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements.
  • Waiting list - you have met all entry requirements however the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around the course start date.
  • Unsuccessful - you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College's Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
    Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer you will be invited to a further session in June where you will be given additional information about your course. It is essential that you attend on this day.

When I started the course I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the future, but the tutors all supported me in making a decision. I am really happy that I have been offered, and have accepted, a place at Glasgow School of Art to study Textiles next year
All the hard work was worth it and I would really recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about studying a Portfolio Preparation course

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291