Art & Design

Qualification: Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About the course

This art and design course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the creative arts sector and have a real enthusiasm for art and design. It is equivalent to three A-Levels and is a recognised route to degree level study. The course includes a broad range of work including fashion, textiles, photography, 3D design, graphic design, print making and multi-media.

Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based. There will be class discussions, specialist workshops and lectures on the more theoretical aspects of the course and you will visit galleries, museums and local employers to enhance your knowledge. You will showcase your work to the public, local employers and higher education institutions at our end of year exhibition.

By the end of the course you will have built a comprehensive portfolio of general art and design work. In the 2nd year of study, you will pursue a specialist area of interest and build a specialist portfolio.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A*-C/9-4 in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

Earn up to 168 UCAS points#


#Based on Distinction grades

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Visual language
  • Research skills
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Materials, processes and technical skills
  • 2D and 3D problem solving
  • Developing an art and design project

Year 2

  • Characteristics and contexts
  • Preparation for progression
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Project proposal and realisation

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.

  • Well equipped art studios
  • Large and fully equipped photography studio
  • Photography dark room
  • Suite of Apple Macs
  • Gallery exhibition space

100% coursework/practical

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 (including English), or
  • Level 2 in Art and Design (merit or distinction grade) including GCSE English grade A*-C/9-4
  • Portfolio of artwork (minimum of 10 A3 pieces including drawing and painting)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
03/09/18 2 years Main
What next?
  • Pre-degree Foundation in Art & Design at City College
  • Degree at university
  • Work freelance or as a trainee designer or photographer

There are a range of university degrees and different careers within the creative industries that you can progress to if you go on to complete the two years of study. This may include:

  • Textile design
  • Fashion design
  • Visual merchandising
  • Product design
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
Additional information

Students are expected to come to College prepared with sketchbooks and a basic range of materials and tools. Full details of the kit requirements are provided to students on enrolment. All specialist equipment and materials is provided by the College, however there may be a requirement to purchase additional items throughout the year as projects develop and progress into independent areas of enquiry and interest.

If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.

Trips, visits & activities

  • Visiting artists
  • Gallery trips
  • Work experience
  • End of year art exhibition