Level 3 Diplomas in Art & Design
This is a general vocational art and design course that will enable you to try many specialisms within this area and then develop your skills. The course will also help identify which area you would like to pursue as a career. The subjects taught include fine art (drawing, painting and printmaking), 3D design (wood, metals, ceramics and glass), fashion and textiles, photography, graphic design and associated computer software.
The programme is for school leavers looking to pursue a career in art and design. It is ideal for those who want to experience a broad range of areas before specialising at university, including young adults returning to education.
When will I start the course and how long will it take?
This course starts in September and can take one OR two years to complete. It takes two years to achieve the Diploma (equivalent to two A levels) or Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A levels). Those leaving after one year will achieve a Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A level.)
What will I study?
There are four mandatory units at Subsidiary Diploma level:
- Visual Recording in Art and Design
- Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
- Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
- Communication Through Art and Design
There are also specialist units which may include:
- Textile Design
- Graphic Design
- 3D Design
- Print Making
You will complete a total of six units to achieve the Subsidiary Diploma which will take one year. Those who do well and wish to progress onto the second year will complete a further six units to achieve the Diploma, OR a further 12 to achieve the Extended Diploma.
The programme is practically based and develops your design skills and personal style, whilst enabling you to develop a portfolio of your work. The course also provides opportunities in career planning.
Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?
How is it assessed?
You must have achieved a minimum of four GCSE grades A-C, including one in an art and design related programme, plus English Language or Literature. Alternatively you must have a Level 2 Diploma in an art and design related subject, or an equivalent qualification and Level 2 Key Skills Communication.
All units will be assessed according to awarding body criteria. You will work on a range of assignments and projects which will be awarded a grade. The tutors will also provide feedback and advise you how you may be able to improve your work in the future. You will achieve an overall grade and certificate for a pass, merit or distinction/* at the end of the course.
What can I do once I’ve finished this course?
On successful completion of the Extended Diploma you can progress onto an appropriate Higher Education programme in your chosen specialisation or you could seek employment in the field.
Did you know that at St Helens College you can follow a study route all the way through to Higher Education? Progressing onto the BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting you could go out in to world of work highly qualified and prepared for a great and successful career.