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Art and Design Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Courses

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.

This is an Extended Diploma (180 credits) equivalent to three A levels.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

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 within the art and design field.

Specialisms include digital, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, graphics, illustration 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.


  • 30% exam
  • 70% coursework

Special Features

Throughout the course it is also expected that you will attend lectures given by external practitioners. You will also be able to take part in art and design- related trips, here and abroad.

These include trips to; Paris, London museums and galleries, Knitting and Stitching Show, New Designers, visit by the Raptor Foundation, visits to university art degree shows. The course also includes a series of life drawing sessions.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including GCSE English.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE Art.
  • Students with a distinction grade in a Level 2 Certificate in a related area may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.
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