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This course is designed with creativity in mind, you'll explore ideas across an incredibly diverse range of media and materials including oil paints, printmaking, photography and installation. Along the way, your tutors will share their wealth of creative experience, guiding you through future career choices and other progression routes.

  • Entry Criteria

    4 GCSEs (A*-C/9-4) including English or maths, or successful completion of a relevant Level 2 Diploma and a portfolio of work.

    Don't meet the grades? Take a look at the Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design for a solid understanding of key areas - you will be able to progress to the Level 3 upon successful completion.

  • What will I study?

    Your creative learning will commence with the core principles of painting, drawing and sculpture. You’ll be using a wide variety of techniques and disciplines across art, design and multimedia as you study the following units in your first year:


    • Introduction to visual language in art and design
    • Introduction to research skills in art and design
    • Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
    • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
    • An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art and design
    • An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art and design
    • An integrated approach to time-based problem solving in art and design
    • Developing an art and design project
    • Opportunities for progression in art and design

    In the second year, you’ll study:


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

    Traditional values and skills are taught alongside contemporary means of expression, and you will also study historical and contemporary artists and designers. Bringing this to life are visits to galleries and museums of international importance.

    You will study towards the Level 3 Diploma (90 credits) in your first year, and progress on to the Extended Diploma (180 credits) in your second year.

  • Future Prospects

    You may choose to take an art-based Foundation degree, or a university Honours degree across a range of subjects. Further study options open up opportunities in visual merchandising, illustration, set painting, architecture, photography and ceramics.

    To find out more visit the National Careers Service.