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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Level 3 Art and Design pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

The qualification is designed for students aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in both English and Maths and who have an interest in the visual arts.

The Art and Design pathway provides you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to Advanced Level 3 Higher Foundation Studies, higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and which provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in the creative arts.

You will need:

  • a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 [C] or above, including English Language, Maths and an art and design-related subject.
  • Intermediate Art and Design to a Merit or Distinction standard, including English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4 [C] or above.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take your previous experience in art and design into consideration.  All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present a portfolio of current work.

Course Content

The course is generally delivered over one year and will enable you to develop a practical portfolio of work that could support progression into a range of higher education courses or employment.

While on the course you will have the opportunity to develop your critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work. In addition, you will research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop practical creative solutions.

In addition to improving your practical and theoretical knowledge, you will have the opportunity to develop your English and maths skills. There is also the option to access further GCSE English to improve your grades, enhancing your life skills and future career progression chances.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of practical and written work occurs regularly throughout the course.  The outcome of the course is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject.  This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources.  However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials.  You will also need to make a contribution towards compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
Following successful completion of the Advanced Diploma, most students will progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, or the Advanced Level 3 Higher Foundation Studies - Art and Design.

You can also consider a wide range of potential careers in art, design or the creative leisure industry.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Jamie Holmes

Jamie Holmes

Weaving a success story in textile design

Peak Award winner Jamie Holmes showed there are no barriers to success if you have genuine creative talent.

Profoundly deaf, Jamie joined the College from the Royal School for the Deaf and was supported by a signer throughout his studies. He excelled on his Art and Design Diploma, specialising in fashion and textiles, and now has a place studying Textile Design at Huddersfield University – with his sights set on a future career in the creative industries.

At our 2014 Peak Awards, Jamie won the Visual Arts prize, sponsored by Maber Associates Ltd, for his determination and willingness to improve.

When I first started at College, I was really lacking in confidence but I had so much help and support that I really found myself and I am looking forward to making the most of university.
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