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Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Leeds Arts University

24 months
11700 GBP/year
5421 GBP/year
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The Extended Diploma in Art and Design programme at the Leeds Arts University an attractive alternative to A-levels, and provides a vital bridge between school and university. It offers students who have an interest in the visual arts the chance to explore and develop their creativity within a specialist, stimulating and supportive environment, with access to specialist staff and workshops.


The Extended Diploma in Art and Design course at the Leeds Arts University has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to help you to discover your talents and strengths in a wide range of visual disciplines, allowing you to specialise in one of four specialist pathways: Fashion & Textiles, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, and 3D Design.

There are different disciplines within each pathway: 

  •  Fashion & Textiles, you could focus on fashion design, costume design, fashion styling promotion, textile design, design craft or surface-pattern design.
  •  Fine Art can include painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography and film. 
  • Graphic Communication can be graphic design, typography, concept art, illustration, animation, advertising, editorial design, photography and film. 
  • 3D Design includes product design, spatial design, interior design, architecture, design craft and theatre design.

You will also develop important employability and communication skills, and be guided as to the career opportunities within the creative industries. Upon successful completion of all units at the end of the course a final grade will be awarded which is the equivalent of three A Levels.

Programme Structure

Year One 

You’ll be introduced to the principles of art and design theory and practice, plus practical skills. You’ll explore and experiment as we help you choose a specialism in fashion, graphic design, textiles/surface pattern design, 3D design, or fine art, and you’ll finish the year with a major project in this area.

Year Two 

You’ll be stretched and challenged as you deepen your knowledge and experience of the discipline you’re working in. You’ll prepare for degree-level study by becoming increasingly independent, and you’ll develop your portfolio for higher-education applications and interviews. You’ll work through a range of briefs, including real-life projects with external organisations, plus a final major project and your contribution to the End of Year Show.


Students have normally completed their GCSEs or an equivalent qualification and are interested in a career in art and design. Our ideal students are open minded, passionate about art and design, self-motivated, and keen to experience a diverse range of materials, techniques and processes. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We look for at least four GCSEs at grade 4/grade C or above, which must include both English and Maths.
  • You will be required to send three examples of your work which shows your interest and ability in art, design and/or technology.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11700 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 11700 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5421 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5421 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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