Extended Diploma at Leeds College of Art receives the Creative Skillset Tick

10 November 2015

Leeds College of Art’s Extended Diploma in Art & Design course has been awarded a quality mark of accreditation from Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the creative industries. 

The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. We have been recognised for the quality of the course and its relevance to employers for our UAL Extended Diploma Art and Design.

Tick status had previously only been awarded to undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the creative industries, and has now been extended to a select group of further education (FE) courses across England for the first time.

We are just one of five courses from across the creative industries that has received the coveted status following a successful and rigorous assessment of each course by a panel of industry assessors.

Courses that achieve Tick status have demonstrated to a team of industry professionals that their curriculum, teaching and assessment provide students with the very best preparation for a career in the Creative Industries.

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Skillset - Andy receiving awarfAndy Grayston, Course Leader Extended Diploma Art and Design receiving the award from Betty Jackson CBE

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Andy Grayston, Course Leader Extended Diploma Art and Design at the College said:

“As a course team we found the FE Tick pilot application to be a rewarding experience which has generated a large volume of evidence that will be useful for both our self-assessment purposes and Ofsted. We were incredibly well supported by Creative Skillset.

We are looking forward to the kudos this will bring for both our students and the course. In addition, accreditation will offer our programme enviable links with the creative sector which will help inform curriculum delivery in the future”. 

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Betty Jackson CBE, world renowned fashion designer and a Board member of Creative Skillset said:

“Tick accreditation represents excellence. Further and Higher Education is expensive and we want to provide students embarking on a career in the Creative Industries and their parents, with a powerful tool to navigate the complex education environment, and enable employers to identify the best equipped students ready for employment and further study.”

Details of courses that have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick can be found at their website here