Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design - Writtle University College

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design

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About the Course

This wide ranging advanced level course is for those looking for a more practical alternative to 3 A Levels. Students will develop an understanding of a range of art and design subjects. The second year will allow specialisation and development of a portfolio and Exhibition.

Areas of Study

The following titles are some of the 13 modules you will complete whist on programme:
  • Visual Recording and Communication
  • Materials Techniques and Processes in Art & Design
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
  • The Creative Process
  • Developing and Realising Creative Intentions
  • Managing a Client Brief
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Software used : Adobe creative suite 6, Photoshop and InDesign plus 3D programme Sketch-up.

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.
  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or Grade A* to C
  • Must include English and Maths
  • Satisfactory references from most recent School / College / Employer
Please note:
Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

Work Placements

Students are expected to gain one week's work experience within an environment specific to their chosen art/design specialism e.g. Graphic Design studio, Artist's studio or a Fashion label head office.

Method of Assessment

Modules are assessed using a wide variety of methods including portfolio and sketch book development, observation of practical tasks, video, photographic, oral questioning and formal written observational assessments.

The second year will include a final major project which will include participation in an exhibition.

After Completion of Your Course...

Employment opportunities
You may be suitable for employment as a Design studio assistant, gallery assistant, trainee designer in a range of disciplines within the creative Industries. Graphics, Fashion, Film, Architecture, Print, Photography, Animation, Fine Art.

Useful Information

How course progress is tracked
The college uses an electronic assessment tracking system where students can access current progress online from home.

How the course is graded
Each module studied comprises of a series of learning outcomes. These are sub divided into PASS, MERIT and DISTINCTION criteria and equate to university points.

Additional opportunities e.g. participation in exhibitions, competitions
The Art and Design students plan and conduct an end of year exhibition which is open for public viewing.

Additional learning goals
  • A series of short FE to HE workshops which are credited by ucas points
  • Life Drawing workshops
Campus/Green houses
Students will expected to develop their work outside of the timetabled sessions, this may include sketching, developing projects, visiting galleries or practicing artists this will be conducted both on and off site and is self directed.

Additional costs (to tuition and miscellaneous fee) specific to course
Approx £250 for materials, sketchbooks, portfolio folder etc.
Personal expenses on trips throughout the year approximately £100.
An equipment list will be provided at the start of the course.

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Day/Time - 4 days a week


Study Mode - Full-time
Course Length - Two years

You will need...

An interest in art and/or design should be evidenced in a portfolio at interview.




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Almost all students move on to purposeful employment or further or higher education on completion of their courses.
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