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Diploma in Art and Design - Level 3

Overview

The Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design is designed for those who are looking to study art and design related subjects at Higher Education and for those who want to explore progression opportunities in an art and design related sector.

At interview, we will discuss with you your entry qualifications, experience and career goals. This, along with your portfolio will form the basis of your starting point on the Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design programme.

The diploma is a one-year programme. However, following successful completion of the diploma and appropriate achievement of other elements of the study programme, you may then be able to progress to a second year of study on the extended diploma.

The Level 3 diploma enables you to explore and experiment with a wide range of art and design materials and processes; contextual studies is included throughout the course. continuing to the extended diploma, you will be able to follow a specialist pathway within the area of fine arts, sculpture and ceramics, 3D design, photography, printmaking, illustration, or fashion and textiles, as well as completing a final major project that will be included in a public exhibition. 

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Entry requirements

For the diploma you will need:

  • Four GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English OR
  • A Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design with a merit profile, and GCSE English with 4 points (grade C).
  • An art portfolio.

For the extended diploma you will need:

  • Five GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English and maths OR
  • A Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design with a merit profile, and GCSE English and maths with 4 points (grade C).
  • An art portfolio.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview at which we will discuss all relevant experience, your portfolio of work and career goals.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20182 yr(s)1565A1251FREEFREE* to £3060.00Apply
Sep 20181 yr(s)1565A1295FREEFREE* to £3060.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

The diploma is a one-year course. After successful completion of this programme, and following advice and guidance, you may continue your study for a further year in order to achieve a full extended diploma.

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How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place through controlled assignments set by tutors and the examining board which are externally verified.

You will take part in projects and practical workshops based on realistic workplace situations. 

What does the course lead to?

The diploma and extended diploma are nationally recognised qualifications. The extended diploma at Level 3 is equivalent to three A Levels and will support an application to Higher Education as well as developing many of the wider skills required for progression to employment.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Following successful completion of the diploma study programme you may be able to progress to the extended diploma.

Following successful completion of the extended diploma you could progress to university-level qualifications such as a specialist arts degree or HND, or you could go on to further training or employment.

How do I apply?

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