Art and Design Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2019


The Level 3 Art and Design Extended Diploma is a two year course. During your first year you will study the Level 3 Art and Design Subsidiary Diploma. This can be a standalone one year qualification, which is equivalent to three AS levels. Upon successful completion of the first year, you will then progress on to the second year to study the Level 3 Art and Design Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A levels.

If you are passionate about art and design, this is the course for you.

You will learn and be assessed by completing practical assignments. This will allow you to develop your practical skills in many areas of art and design including: fine art, painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, print, plaster, photography, 3D design, graphic design and 4D time-based media.

Your lecturers all have a working knowledge of the art and design industry and are still actively involved in the business outside of the College, resulting in accurate, up to date knowledge being shared in lectures.

What will I do?

You will study a variety of units covering the different art practices such as fine art, painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, print, plaster, photography, 3D design, graphic design and 4D time-based media.

You will learn about how other artists made their work, how to research in order to generate ideas and how to analyse artwork. You will develop your visual awareness and drawing ability.

As an Art and Design student, you will have access to all of our art, design and media facilities, which include two art studios, ceramics and pottery studio, (including kiln), photography studio and darkroom, two iMac editing suites, and a television studio. You will also be using industry standard software.

Work experience will be sourced with local employers to give you real world experiences that relate to the creative sector. You will be supported in identifying organisations for your placements, or you can generate these from your own contacts.

You will regularly visit museums and galleries in London and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as getting to meet numerous guest speakers including local artists, businesses and creative practitioners.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Art and Design Extended Diploma are five GCSEs at C or above (New GCSE grade 4 and above) or equivalent and a portfolio of work, or a Level 2 qualification to a Merit standard.

If you do not have a portfolio of work to bring to the interview, you may be set a task to complete within 2 weeks as a condition to enrolment.

If you are concerned about the above entry requirements an alternative course available is the Art and Design Diploma Level 2.

The Art and Design Extended Diploma will take you up to two years to complete. You will study at College for three-four days a week, 9:00am-4:30pm, plus eight-ten hours a week of independent study.

The Art and Design Extended Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost:
Year 1, Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 - £5421
Year 2, Extended Diploma Level 3 - £3162

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will be assessed through practical tasks (70%) such as group work, work based evidence, coursework and presentations, which will be underpinned with theory (30%) to give you a broad grounding in art and design.

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress to the Extended Diploma in Art and Design for the second year, and then on to higher education to study any aspect of art and design.

Additional costs include contribution towards educational visits and/or workshops approx. £30 per year. You will also be expected to provide your own art and design materials e.g. paints, sketchbooks, printing costs, etc. approx. £150 per year.

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested bursary and ‘Be Brilliant Foundation’; this can be used against any of the additional costs.

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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