Level 3 in Art and Design
This two year course aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification and equips students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further or higher education, or training and apprenticeships in the creative sector. It is a stimulating and demanding course designed for those who have an interest in the visual arts, giving you the opportunity to explore and develop your creativity.
- Course Information
Do you want a career in the creative industry? Do you want to progress onto university to study an art and design related course? Do you want to develop your own art practice through exploration of a wide range of processes and independent study? If you have answered yes to all questions, then this course is for you!
The course encourages learning across diverse disciplines and it is anticipated that in year one, students will develop practical skills in specialist areas such as fine art, textiles, three dimensional design and photography / lens based media. A single assessment of Unit 1 is set by UAL Awarding Body and externally assessed and graded at the end of the first year. In year two, students become more specialist and create a more in-depth portfolio to support the choices they make regarding future progression. It is intended that through bespoke areas of study, our students develop their own style and artistic personality. Students produce a personal Final Major Project for Unit 2 which is internally assessed and externally moderated at the end of year two.
- Equipment Required
You will be provided with some art materials to use in lessons, but you will also be expected to provide some of your own art equipment, which can be purchased at college.
- Entry Requirements
The majority of students have a strong desire to go on to university. You should be aware that you will need to manage a heavy workload and should be fully committed to the course. A minimum of 5 x Grade 4s, including English and Art or Graphic Products/Textiles Technology.
- How will I be assessed?
As well as developing students’ professional practice in the visual arts, the Extended Diploma also advances a range of transferable skills that may be beneficial in other subject areas. By the end of the course, our students demonstrate initiative, team working, problem solving, literacy, numeracy and presentation skills, amongst others. To enhance studies at college and to inform ideas, students have the opportunity to undertake primary research at inspirational locations and visit museum and art gallery collections.
- Progression Pathway
Our students are extremely successful with their progression from the course, including high profile universities such as London College of Fashion, Glasgow School of Art, Falmouth University and Manchester Metropolitan University. To further enhance studies at the college, our students must source and participate in an external work placement in a relevant industry.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.