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Art and Design

Art, Design & Communication (Extended) Diploma Level 3

  • Course Type: Diploma

What can this course lead to?

Former students have progressed on to some of the top creative Universities in the country including London College of Fashion, Chelsea College of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins. You could progress to study a degree in Art, Design, Fashion or Photography at University, the Foundation Degrees in either Graphic Design or Creative and Editorial Photography at University Centre Peterborough

Who is it for?

Deepen your knowledge of art and design and experiment with a range of specialisms. You will explore visual language, research skills, project proposal and realisation, and build your critical and contextual awareness through live projects. You will have the opportunity to take part in weekly life drawing classes to develop your observational, figurative and mixed media skills- highly sought after by prestigious art universities. Gain a career in the creative industry with this attractive alternative to A Levels.

What is covered?

In Year 1 you will study a range of units includ­ing:

Unit 01: The Cre­ative Process

In this unit, you will devel­op an in-depth under­stand­ing of the cre­ative process as a cre­ative tool used and adapt­ed by pro­fes­sion­als across a full spec­trum of cre­ative practices.

Unit 02: Devel­op­ing Cre­ative Practice

This unit requires you to gain knowl­edge of a range of 2D, 3D and 4D cre­ative prac­tices and explore and use mate­ri­als, meth­ods, tech­niques and process­es in a safe and pro­fes­sion­al manner.

Unit 03: Respond­ing to a set Brief

You will learn how to man­age and ful­fil the expec­ta­tions of an excit­ing and indus­try rel­e­vant project brief.

Year 2 mod­ules include:

Unit 04: Research­ing a Spe­cial­ist Indus­try Practice

Unit 05: Spe­cial­ist Tech­ni­cal skills Development

Unit 06: Spe­cial­ist Cre­ative Outcome

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and maths, and an arts-based subject at grade 6/B or above. Alternatively, a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths, or a pass for functional skills Level 2 English and Maths.

This course requires an interview/informal chat before a place can be offered, and before your interview you will need to submit a portfolio of artwork to demonstrate your artistic strengths. You will also need to complete an assignment, set at the close of the academic year July 2023, to be handed in before you enrol.

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks – subject to course availability
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard – subject to course availability
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well
A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
2 Years
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