For those wanting to pursue creative studies at a higher level of academic study, or for those interested in starting their career in the creative sector, our Art & Design Level 3 course will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge required to progress.
Covering everything in Art and Design, from drawing, painting, sculpting, illustration and photography, our Art & Design level 3 course will enable you to develop your own visual language, as well as explore and analyse the work from other artists.
To develop your confidence and transferable skills for employment, our Art & Design course has a dedicated module where you will work with an external client to create a piece of artwork based on a set brief. The module is part of your work experience and will be delivered over a term.
As part of your course, you will also have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to London, as well as visit local galleries and exhibitions to analyse other art styles and specialisms.
The course will provide you with the general skills, knowledge, and understanding that underpin a variety of occupations and professions in the field of art and design. It also aims to improve your skills in Communication, Information Technology, and Number, through art and design-based activities:
- Achieve the general skills, knowledge, and understanding that underpin a variety of occupations and professions in the field of art and design
- Improve your skills in communication, information technology and numbers, through art and design-based activities
- Develop your skills in assemblage, carving, modeling, and construction. During the latter part of the course, you will have the chance to specialise in areas of particular interest through a number of optional units.
The Introductory Diploma, studied over one year, is equivalent to one and a half full A levels. The Extended Diploma, studied over two years, is equivalent to three full A levels.
During the Art and Design course, you will develop your skills in art, craft work and you will have the opportunity to work in a range of media in both 2D and 3D. As well as developing your own use of visual language and presentation techniques, you will explore others’ art and design work in your Contextual Studies and through discussion with professional artists/designers. The projects are exciting but challenging.
You can expect to be introduced to new and exciting ways of working and you will have the opportunity to work on a large scale with some projects. Sculpture is always exciting and the range of materials can include clay, chicken wire, plaster, card, and junk. You can develop skills in assemblage, carving, modeling and construction. During the latter part of the course, you will have the chance to specialise in areas of particular interest through a number of optional units. Eighteen units will be studied, normally over two years to gain the full Extended Diploma qualification. However, nine units can be studied over one year to gain an Extended Certificate.
1 year – Introductory Diploma
2 years – Extended Diploma
The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.
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Level 3 Diploma
Good standard of art & design, evidenced through a portfolio. At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above ideally, including Art, or BTEC Art & Design at Merit or equivalent qualification.
The course is designed for all keen students with a level 2 qualification in art and design.
Clayton Lovell (Course Leader)
Modules may include:
Art and design in context
By completing this unit, you will understand key trends, movements and events in the context of a chosen art or design discipline and identify areas of personal interest. You will investigate artists and/or designers more specifically involved, and use this to develop an idea for a personal piece of creative work. You will also be able to produce and review a final outcome, sample model or maquette.
How artists and designers use 2D materials, techniques and processes
By completing this unit, you will understand the work of a range of other artists or designers and the characteristics and working properties of a wide range of 2D media, materials and techniques. You will be able to use investigations into artists’/designers’ work to influence the generation and development of ideas for their own work, and you will be able to work safely.
How artists and designers use 3D materials, techniques and processes
By completing this unit, you will understand the work of a range of 3D artists or designers and the characteristics and working properties of a wide range of 3D media, materials, techniques and processes. You will be able to use investigations into artists’/designers’ work to influence the generation and development of ideas for your own work, and you will be able to work safely.
Planning, researching and developing ideas for a specialist art or design brief
By completing this unit, you will be able to investigate a client’s requirements for a brief or project. You will be able to use research into artists/designers and how their work can influence the generation and development of ideas, in response to a client brief. You will also be able to present a selected range of final ideas to a client or audience and be able to use feedback to review their final ideas.
Realising an outcome for a specialist art or design brief
By completing this unit, you will be able to work with a client and realise an outcome in response to a specialist art or design brief. You will be able to identify a suitable idea and investigate a range of appropriate 2D/3D media, materials, techniques and processes. You will produce a final proposal and present this to the client for agreement before realising and evaluating a final outcome.
By completing this unit, you will be able to produce a range of personal photographic portrait images inspired by the work of professional photographers. You will be able to produce and plan how to exhibit, a final range of portraits using a personal approach.
Exploring artists as photographers
By completing this unit, you will understand the different ways in which artists have responded to photography and have used it in their own artwork. You will understand the developments in art that have happened as a result of photography and will use their investigations to generate, develop and realise a personal outcome that reflects the close relationship between art and photography.
Digital image creation
By completing this unit, you will understand the work of a range of digital artists/photographers. You will be able to create and manipulate a range of digital images, and be able to generate and develop ideas for a final digitally manipulated image, to be produced in response to a brief or project.
Art and design illustration
By completing this unit you will understand different types of illustration and professional illustration practice, and be able to plan how to satisfy an illustration brief. You will be able to develop a range of ideas in response to an illustration brief, present these for client feedback, and then be able to produce a final illustration outcome for presentation to a client.
Character design and creation
By completing this unit, you will understand how characters are created and developed for use in animation, graphic novels and comics. You will be able to create a new character with a profile, and develop it through drawings into a modeled 3D outcome.
Carving, constructing and modeling 3D artwork
By completing this unit, you will understand the work of artists, designers or craftspeople that produce 3D work by carving, constructing and modeling. You will be able to develop ideas for carved, constructed and modeled 3D work, and be able to produce a maquette, model or finished piece from the ideas developed.
Creating 3D art or design work
By completing this unit, you will understand 3D artwork and the materials and processes used to create it. You will be able to develop an idea for 3D art or design work; from which you are able to produce a final piece. You will then be able to review the success of their final work
Assessment and exam information
You will be assessed at the end of each unit and you will be graded pass, merit or distinction. There are no external examinations in this qualification.
Career and progression
One of the coursework units will entail working with an external client, creating artwork to a set brief. The work experience will be delivered over a term
During the course, you will have the opportunity to take part in the ARTiculation Workshop. There is also the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to London, as well as visits to local galleries and exhibitions.
The course will provide you with opportunities to work with external organisations.
You may use your qualification and portfolio either to continue onto a three-year degree course in a specialist area of art and design or to seek employment in an art and design-related field.
Instruction and guidance will be given to extend the experience of the student, worksheets and examples of previous work will be available to help inspire the students for future study or employment.
If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.
You will need a range of materials and equipment to complete the course which can be purchased independently or from the Art department for around £10 – £30.
Funding and bursaries
Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information, you can email email@example.com or call 023 8087 4874
Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.
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