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Art and Design Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Diploma

This course is great fun, and you’ll be introduced to a range of exciting and creative skills including digital drawing, textile techniques, printmaking along with darkroom and digital photography and digital image-making. You’ll be given the opportunity to enjoy our popular research trips which include local trips to Cambridge museums and galleries, trips to a number of exciting locations in London and an international trip to Paris.

You will also be able to work on live briefs with real clients from a range of industries. And you’ll be encouraged to enter competitions and exhibit your work in professional settings. This course will enable to progress to art and design-related courses within higher education and will provide a creative breadth to your subject range. You will also be supported to identify creative intern opportunities and apprenticeship applications.

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


Course Content

The Art and Design course is a highly creative and practical course. It’s taught in spacious light studios which include a Mac suite and photographic darkroom. The course allows you to explore a range of creative specialisms including photography, graphic illustration, printmaking, fine art drawing and painting, and three-dimensional work.

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.

Providing a fast-paced introduction to a range of materials, techniques and processes. Specialisms include digital, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles 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. You will explore processes which develop your creative thinking.


You will be assessed by a combination of internally assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments

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.

Is it for me?

You will enjoy and benefit from the Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma 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.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including GCSE English.

In addition you need at least a grade 4 or Merit in Art at GCSE level.

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