Art & Design Level 3

Course Overview

The course is fast-paced, exciting and enables students to gain experience in varying techniques, alongside focusing on specialist areas that provides portfolio evidence for their next progression pathway. Our students produce stunning and varied portfolios which demonstrate their commitment and passion for the creative world. The course is delivered in small class sizes in specialist studios by experienced tutors.

This course is available to study as an Extended Diploma (180-credit course equivalent to 3 A Levels).

You will enjoy this course if you relish all aspects of the creative art and design world. The units allow for students to respond to assignment briefs gaining skills in a wide range of processes and techniques.  You will work alongside your peers completing final work for your portfolio along with sketchbooks containing your research, ideas and proposals. The delivery of units will be enhanced with a varied range of exciting trips and destinations both locally and nationally. These trips support the students knowledge and understanding into artists and designers along with gaining primary research.

Year 1 Modules

  • Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Graphic Illustration
  • Photography Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Visual Recording and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • The Creative Process

Year 2 Modules

  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art
  • Printmaking
  • Surface Pattern
  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
  • Contemporary Fine Art
  • Developing and Realizing Creative Intentions
  • Working to a Client Brief

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English.
  • Grade 4, or equivalent, in GCSE Art.


  • 30% Exam
  • 70% Coursework
  • Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Exam Results 2022: 76% D*D*D* - DDD


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Why choose this course? 

We enrich all the delivered units with visiting speakers and organisations. For example ‘The Raptor Foundation’ visit us in college with a selection of live birds including owls, falcons, and hawks. The students work from direct observation using a range of different materials along with photography techniques to record the experience.

We visit both the excellent range of local museums and galleries in and around Cambridge along with regular visits to London to enable students to complete first-hand research. These visits have included trips to the National Portrait Gallery, the Courtauld Institute, White Cube Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and Tate Modern.

Skills you'll gain

You will gain a wide expanse of skills from successful completion of this course, including knowledge and understanding in digital, photography, printmaking, surface pattern, fashion and textiles, three-dimensional, graphic design and illustration. You will become competent in both presenting and explaining your work alongside how to project manage and respond to a brief creatively.  

After Long Road

Students who successfully complete the Extended Diploma in Art course mainly progress to direct entry at university on a degree course.

Students have recently gone on to study a range of various creative degree courses including: graphic design, architecture, product design, photography, illustration, fashion design, textiles, jewellery design, surface pattern, games design and fine art. Destinations have included Edinburgh School of Art, Central St Martins, Leeds School of Art, Brighton, Norwich University of the Arts, Nottingham Trent and Falmouth.

This course has been really good at giving me personal freedom in art. I feel fully supported by the teachers and have really enjoyed the working environment in lessons. Being part of this course allow you to become really close to your peers and I have made strong friendships, alongside gaining valuable creative experiences. I like the fact that everyday we are introduced to something new, and it is never the same.