Art and Design Level 3 Diploma
Level 3 Applied Diploma
The Art and Design Level 3 Applied Diploma is an ideal qualification if you are fully committed to a career in some aspect of the visual arts. The eighteen units of this course cover a wide range of areas, providing new, stimulating challenges in practical and theoretical experiences, across many different aspects of art and design, whilst placing your learning within a professional context.
This course will enable you to extend your drawing skills, learning how to use drawing as an exploratory tool across many of the six specialist units.
You can take this course as an Extended Diploma equivalent to 3 A levels or an Extended Certificate course equivalent to one A level.
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- Course content - Extended Diploma
- Course content - Extended Certificate
- Is it for me?
- Special features
- Entry requirements
Course content - Extended Diploma
There are six specialist units:
Photography: You will develop an understanding of a range of media and techniques associated with digital and traditional black and white photography.
Textiles: This unit explores the possibilities of printed, constructed and embroidered textiles and 3D textiles whilst experimenting with a range of methods and materials.
3D Design: You will develop skills and knowledge exploring sculptural processes in depth. Working from specialist briefs, you will research and develop ideas, exploring traditional and non-traditional materials towards the production of 3D sculptural pieces.
Graphic Illustration: You will develop skills and understanding of how computers are used in art and design through the use of 2D software, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Painting: You will explore the physical properties of different painting media and materials, towards completing a finished piece or pieces of work.
Printmaking: Using techniques including, mono, lino, etching and collograph, you will explore printmaking processes, and how they are used in the production of consistent multiples of the same image.
Alongside the specialist units, there are seven mandatory units. These are:
Visual Recording and Communication: You will be given a theme and a task to prepare and respond to in an assessed three hour period.
Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design: You will be given a research brief and task before the five hour assessment period. This will be a visual and written submission.
The Creative Process: In this unit you will explore and experiment with ideas generating techniques and contextual research activities. You will develop your ideas through using a range of materials, techniques and processes.
Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design: In this unit you will investigate and experiment with different art and design materials, selecting specific techniques to investigate in greater depth.
Developing an Art and Design Portfolio: You will plan and select work and produce your own portfolio to support your progression aims.
Managing a Client Brief: The skills and knowledge you develop within this unit will improve your professional practice and help you improve your presentation skills. You will be given a client brief before a five hour assessment period.
Developing and Realising Creative Intentions: You will be given a theme and task to develop and realise a self–directed art and design piece.
You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.
Course content - Extended Certificate
There is one specialist unit:
Fine Art , Materials, Techniques and Processes
You will learn a range of media and techniques working in the following specialisms: painting, printmaking, digital and traditional black and white photography, graphics, 3D and textiles.
Alongside the specialist unit, there are three mandatory units. These are:
Visual Recording and Communication
You will develop your visual recording and communication skills through exploration and experimentation with materials and methods, gaining confidence in your ability to create work and express and communicate ideas. You will be given a theme and a task to prepare and respond to in an assessment period.
Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
You will develop contextual research and critical analysis skills. You will investigate the contextual influences on practitioners that drive and underpin their work. You will be given a research brief and task before the five hour assessment period. This will be a visual and written submission.
The Creative Process
You will explore and experiment with ideas generating techniques and contextual research activities. You will develop your ideas through using a range of materials, techniques and processes, refining your ideas and reviewing your working practices. The work produced in this unit can form part of a portfolio for progression to higher education or the workplace.
Is it for me?
You will enjoy and benefit from the Art and Design Level 3Diploma if you are certain that you would like to explore a wide range of art and design subjects with no examinations; and possibly follow a career in art and design.
Throughout the course it is also expected that you will both attend lectures held by and work alongside external practitioners from various fields of the creative industries. You will also be able to take part in art and design-related trips, here and abroad. These include to museums both locally and in London.
At least five Grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including GCSE English.
A Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in a related area (6-credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a distinction grade in a related area (6-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.
In addition you need at least a Grade 4 or equivalent in Art at GCSE level.