Level Three Diploma/Extended Diploma in Art and Design Practice

This is a practical, multi-disciplinary programme which is project based throughout. The projects will have a vocational element (ie introduction to the world of work) and the programme will include a live brief or a competitive element as appropriate (eg live commission/submission to a public exhibition of work).

The programme offers a broad experience aimed at developing art and design specialist skills (techniques/ideas development/visual language) along with critical analysis and appreciation of historical and contemporary issues.

The first year involves the introduction and exploration of a wide range of subject specialist areas which encourages the development of individual approaches and personal preferences.

In the second year learners will be encouraged to become more involved with the design of project briefs leading to more independent study choices and highly individual bodies of work in order to make appropriate choices for progression.

This course is available as part of a full-time study programme for 16 to 18 year olds, and as a part-time course for adults aged 19 and over.  Please ask learner services for details.

What will I study?

  • Visual recording (drawing/photography)
  •  Materials, techniques and processes
  • Ideas and concepts
  • Communication through art and design
  • Digital image manipulation 
  • Painting and printmaking
  • Mixed media and 3D
  • Illustration
  • Graphic media
  • History and contextual studies
  • Personal and professional development 
  • Setting up a studio

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through practical activities and written coursework depending on the subject matter.  Course work and practical assessments are based on realistic workplace situations and live assignments where appropriate.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs grade A*-C/4-9 to include English
  • Or level two diploma (merit)
  • Or first diploma (merit)
  • Or NVQ level two
  • Or equivalent

Interviews for full time courses starting in September are postponed, but don't worry - applicants will instead be given a formal offer of a place on a suitable course. Other entry requirements still apply.

Where you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course you will be accepted.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, we guarantee you a place on a suitable alternative. See How to Apply for further details.

What next?

Successful completion of the programme will qualify you for employment within the industry or entry on to appropriate degree programmes at colleges and universities throughout the country.  This includes our related Level Four BTEC Higher National Certificates, the Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (fashion) and the BA (Hons) Contemporary Media, Design and Production  

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide Full-time Course Guide 2021 Part-Time Spring Course Guide