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Art and Design Extended Diploma Level 3 (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title BTEC National Extended Diploma in Art and Design
Code ARTHY20
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Art and Design course is a highly creative and practical course. It's taught in spacious light studios which include a Mac suite and photographic darkroom. The course allows you to explore a range of creative specialisms including photography, graphic illustration, printmaking, fine art drawing and painting, and three-dimensional work.

This course is great fun, and you'll be introduced to a range of exciting and creative skills including digital drawing, textile techniques, printmaking along with darkroom and digital photography and digital image-making. You'll be given the opportunity to enjoy our popular research trips which include local trips to Cambridge museums and galleries, trips to a number of exciting locations in London and an international trip to Paris.

You will also be able to work on live briefs with real clients from a range of industries. And you'll be encouraged to enter competitions and exhibit your work in professional settings. This course will enable to progress to art and design-related courses within higher education and will provide a creative breadth to your subject range. You will also be supported to identify creative intern opportunities and apprenticeship applications.

This course is the equivalent of studying 3 A Levels.


This is an ideal qualification if you want to learn a broad range of art and design skills. The course covers a wide range of areas, providing new, stimulating practical challenges, whilst placing your learning within a professional context.

The Extended Diploma is an exciting exploratory two-year equivalent to three A Levels. Providing a fast-paced introduction to a range of materials, techniques and processes. Specialisms include digital, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles and three-dimensional work. Contextual and critical studies cover a range of art and design practices and support your own learning.

The course will give you a broad introduction to the creative industries working in a range of specialisms. You will explore processes which develop your creative thinking.  

How will it be delivered?

You will be assessed by a combination of internally assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments  

Entry requirements

At least 5 grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including GCSE English. In addition you need at least a grade 4 or Merit in art at GCSE level.

Your next steps...

This qualification can lead directly on to degrees and employment in the creative industries. We also offer an exciting Level 4 Art Foundation course which is designed to enable you to further explore your creativity.

Students who recently completed their course are taking Product Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, Architecture at University of East London (Scholarship Gained), Animation at Pearson College London (Scholarship Gained) and Photography at Norwich University of the Arts. 



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