Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design

This course introduces a range of art and design disciplines, which enables you to make a choice of a specialist pathway to progress in the Creative Industries. You are able to gain in skills and confidence within a supportive environment created by well-qualified and committed staff, as well as having access to excellent facilities and resources.

The course offers you an opportunity to develop skills and visual awareness through a structured programme of drawing; painting and 3D work, with the emphasis on experimentation and exploration. The practical work is supported by a programme of Contextual Studies, enabling you to understand the place of art, craft and design in history and contemporary society. Regular visits to museums and galleries are undertaken. This course is equivalent to three AS levels.

What Will I Learn?

The course builds a portfolio of drawing & painting skills and working in an experimental way with a range of media and techniques in both 2 & 3 dimensions. You will gain an excellent grounding in traditional techniques as well as computer technology. You will be encouraged to explore and develop art and design ideas and produce effective outcomes. You will work through set briefs to complete units of general Art and Design culminating in a project to lead on to 3 pathways offered within the progression of this 1 year course

Graphic Arts: This covers graphic design, photography, illustration, painting and printmaking. Fashion & Textiles: which covers pattern cutting and garment construction techniques for fashion and costume, surface pattern, fabric manipulation, paper & printmaking in textiles; illustration and design. 3D Design: this includes furniture, product, spatial & theatre design, graphic presentation techniques and design craft techniques

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*- C including English/Welsh, Maths/Numeracy and Art or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma/OCR Level 2 Diploma at merit grade or above in a creative related subject.

You will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of your art/ design work. You will also be required to undertake an initial assessment in literacy and numeracy to establish any support required.


There is continuous assessment throughout the course for practical and written assignments. All units are internally assessed and externally moderated. On successful completion of this qualification you will receive an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction, converting into UCAS points ready for your pathway application to Higher Education.

Career Progression

On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress onto the extended Level 3 in Art and Design.

Further Notes

Purchase of Materials and/or Kit is required for this course (Studio Fees - £105, Kit Fees - £73.51). Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied.

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Course Details
Level:Level 3
Mode:Full Time
Start Date:02/09/2024
Course Code:9BF301NA
FT Registration Fee: £15
Studio Fee: £110

Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study.

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