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UAL Diploma in Art & Design

Gain a unique creative qualification to make your university application stand out

At CATS Academy, you will have the unique opportunity to study the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. This 1-year course is fundamental if you want to progress to university or college to study an art or design-based course. Through this program, you will be given the opportunity to explore a wide range of creative disciplines, unlocking a world of opportunity. You will have the freedom to experiment, providing a highly inspirational method of learning that nurtures, educates and encourages you.  Students will be guided through the course to learn all the techniques needed to produce a unique, high-quality portfolio to achieve success in art school or with university applications.

Quick facts:

  • Ages: 17+
  • Eligibility: Must have taken part in the Arts Academy in Grade 11.
  • Join in Grades: 12
  • Course Length: 1 year
  • Start Dates: September


  • Study a course accredited by UAL, one of the world's leading creative universities

  • Explore a wide range of creative disciplines

  • Undertake personal project work, as well as collaborate with fellow students

  • Learn all the techniques required to curate a personal portfolio

  • Develop the ability to discuss and present your work

  • Be taught by UAL trained instructors

  • Grow your confidence as a creative

Course Structure

The University of Arts London (UAL) is one of the world's leading specialist creative universities and we, at CATS Academy, are proud to be an approved UAL center in the United States. UAL is ranked second in the world for Art and Design courses* with a focus on arts, design, fashion and media.

Accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, you can take this 1-year Diploma program while you are studying Grade 12 at CATS Academy Boston. The UAL Diploma in Art & Design is designed to prepare you for progressing onto most visual art and design related courses at college or university.

Students will learn through Art & Design workshops and practical sessions, as well as enjoy sessions focused on Contextual & Thematic Studies, Reflective Studies, Experimental Studies and Portfolio Skills.

This exciting program is delivered and assessed by instructors trained and following the guidance of UAL’s evaluators. Through the program, you will undertake three units of work which include some collaborative projects, as well as individual projects.

Unit 1

The first unit of work is designed to broaden your skills and develop versatility. You will build confidence in discussing and presenting your work to you tutor and to others and document your creative process.

Unit 2

In the second unit of work, you will apply the skills gained in your first term to several projects and live briefs from within your specialism discipline. You will choose to focus on either Illustration, Painting & Printmaking or Fashion Design.

Unit 3

In the third unit of work, you will consolidate your practice through an agreed proposal and self-directed project. All learning takes place in person in dedicated and equipped specialist studios.


Taking this course prepares you for future study in


  • Menswear
  • Womenswear
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Fashion Product Design
  • Fashion Styling
  • Fashion Atelier & Tailoring

Visual Arts

  • Fine Arts
  • Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • History of Art
  • Visual Arts
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • 3D Arts

Graphics & Illustration

  • Publishing & Editorial Design
  • Book Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Comic Book Illustration & Design

* According to the 2023 QS World University Rankings

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