Level 3 Art and Design
About this course

Initially the course is broad and exploratory, giving you the opportunity over the first two terms to experiment and discover strengths and confirm your abilities. After this phase you will focus on developing a high level of specialist expertise in a chosen art area either Fine art, visual communication, textiles with fashion or 3 dimensional design. 

The course concentrates on the process of art and design from research through to media exploration, ideas generation and resolving final design solutions.  It aims to challenge you creatively this though exciting project themes and live project opportunities. It is mainly practical, with written theory in the form of research, presentations and reports on artists and designers that inspire your work. You will build up evidence that will reflect your individual strengths. Sketchbooks, drawing, specialist making skills and study of the work of artists and designers are key areas.

You will have a personal tutor throughout the course and will be taught by an experienced and dedicated team of staff. You will normally make an application for higher education during the second year of the course.

What will I learn?

The Level 3 Diploma is an 18-unit qualification which covers the core skills and opens up to more specialised study.  Key areas covered in year 1 are:

  • Drawing
  • Design ideas and project development
  • Media exploration
  • Digital manipulation
  • Photography
  • Contextual studies
  • Printmaking
  • Resistant and non- resistant materials

Studies are extended in year 2 and focus upon specialist development and progression from the course. 

Key areas are:

  • Portfolio building
  • Specialist design projects
  • Specialist contextual studies
  • A Final Major project and end of year exhibition
  • Promotion in Art and Design
Entry requirements
  • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and maths or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
  • A recent portfolio of work
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview
Study, assessment and qualifications
You will need to allocate time to continue and complete your coursework.
You will be mainly assessed through coursework. Functional skills in Maths and English are assessed by exam.
The final qualification will be a Level 3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Art and Design.
Additional costs and information

The studio fee is £150 per year and is payable at the start of the year.  This with provide access to materials in the design and construction workshops, sketchbooks and group trips to London to see specialist exhibitions.   For year 2 students the essentials for presenting work for a portfolio are provided.

Students with financial difficulties are supported via the bursary’ system and are means tested. 

What could I do next?
The qualification will give you the opportunity to progress directly into Higher Education. The course has an excellent record of progression and past students have successfully gained places on a wide variety of prestigious degree course programmes and then gained employment in areas such as graphics, illustration, multimedia design, textiles, 3D design and fine art.

Progression on to the Foundation Diploma and apprenticeships in the local job market have also proved popular choices if University is not for you.