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Art and Design - Level 3 (Extended Diploma)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code 4914
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time


The course is designed for students who wish to explore and extend their experience in working in 2D and 3D art & design.


In the first year students will explore and create a range of art & design work in a range of disciplines.

These include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Print making
  • Textiles
  • Sculpture
  • 3D
  • Collage
  • Photography
  • Computer generated imagery

Students will be able to try out different materials and processes and explore the many ways artists and designers communicate visual ideas.

In the second year, you have the opportunity to extend skills and knowledge with a more specialist focus, leading towards a final major project. The emphasis will be on development, ideas and the creation of exciting and ambitious artwork in order to build an extensive and exciting portfolio. The course includes observation drawing, contextual studies, short projects, group project work and specialist workshops. You will be required to continue with projects independently and it is expected that there will be 10-12 hours independent study undertaken at home each week.

How will it be delivered?

The work on the course is project/assignment based and assessment is continuous throughout the course. The units in the first two terms are assessed at Pass grade only. The final unit is awarded a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. This unit is achieved through a personal project proposal, ensuing body of work and exhibition and decides the overall grade for the qualification.

Entry requirements

You will need: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or higher, including English, Maths and a creative subjectOr: A Merit grade in a relevant Level 2 diploma Either English or Maths at Grade 4 (C) or higherYou will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you.


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