Overview top

Welcome to the exciting world of Art and Design! 

The Level 3 National Diploma in Art and Design Practice is a two year programme of study, during which you will explore the specialist vocations within the creative industry and develop your personal creative identity. This course will support you in exploring the vast range of vocational specialisms including; Fine Art, Illustration, Fashion and Textiles, Photography, 3D and curation. Through specialist briefs,  live briefs, workshops, seminars, and guest lectures you will be given the opportunity to hone your craft using specialist materials, processes and techniques. You will become a valued and contributing member of our collaborative studio hub, which is shared with the other levels of art and design as a multi disciplinary community. You will also have access to a range of specialist facilities including a well equipped print room, photography suite/dark room, wash rooms and 3D work area. Your lecturers and specialist technician come from a range of specialist vocational backgrounds including fine art, illustration, architecture and textiles which enriches your curriculum. You will also be supported in solidifying industry connections, including mandatory work experience placements. 

The second year of this programme is focused on the specialist route you wish to pursue as your vocation over the next year, with support from your tutors and technician you will explore your artist voice and practice. You will engage in projects, including collaborative and live projects, to interpret the brief in your chosen specialism. You will be introduced to additional modules in which you will look at art with academic rigor and create academic assignments discussing your thoughts and perspectives. 


Entry Requirements top

This course requires the applicant to have completed the first year of Level 3 National Diploma in Art and Design to progress onto the extended diploma. Applicants from other level 3 creative programmes may be considered and accepted onto the second year course pending an interview and approval of a portfolio sample of work. 

English & Maths: 
Students who have not received their maths or english GCSE will be supported to achieve the qualification alongside studying their level 3. Maths and english is also embedded into the curriculum through the following examples: 

English - Academic reading, visual analysis, communication, presentations. 
Maths - Scale, ratio, working with paper dimensions, print, 3D measurement.

Assessment top

The Level 3 BTEC extended diploma is coursework based, delivered through two units in which you will explore through a variety of projects. You will explore your specialist area further, developing specialist vocational processes and techniques: 

- Unit B1 : Personal Progression
- Unit B2 : Creative Industry Response

All coursework and evidence of the assessment criteria will be based on a portfolio of work containing a series of projects you will complete within each unit, culminating in a final unit portfolio submission. 

Professional Opportunities top

Learners who succeed in completing the Level 3 National Extended Diploma course have the opportunity to progress internally onto the Level 5 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design Practice, or alternatively progress externally to higher education such as university.

Graduated also may choose to progress into employment or explore self employment through establishing an art practice. Full advice and guidance on progression routes and opportunities will be offered throughout the programme of study. 

Further Information top

During your year of the national extended diploma, you will explore the briefs through a specialist lens which will include managing and self directing your study. This will culminate in the end of year show which the level 3 cohort oversees and curates with the rest of the art department. By the end of the two years, you will be an established and independent artist with industry experiences and connections, ready to venture into the art and design industry!