Art and Design Level 3

This course helps you to find out what interests you most in art and design and to develop some of the essential skills that underpin creative disciplines. It is designed for students who have completed their GCSE’s or a relevant Level 2 qualification and want to explore different aspects of art and design.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

How Will I Learn?

During the programme you will have the opportunity to explore your creativity within a structure that provides a sound base of skills and knowledge. With access to professionally equipped art and design workshops and studios you will learn through experimentation using a broad range of 2D, 3D and digital processes. Projects will help you to gain a contextual understanding of art and design and support you to make and articulate personal connections and interpretations. You will have the opportunity to take part in exhibitions and gallery visits and to develop your skills through independent and group learning.

Throughout the year you’ll be encouraged to develop personal affinities and interests. In term 3 you will negotiate a self-initiated project enabling you to identify a more specialist area of interest such as graphic design, textiles, 3D design or fine art.

Course Content

Art and Design Level 3 Diploma – Course Content

  • Visual Language
  • Research Skills
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Materials, processes and technical skills
  • 2D, 3D and time based problem solving
  • Opportunities for progression
  • Project proposal and realisation
Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs (9-4), including English and Maths plus an Art and Design subject, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification
  • An interview with a portfolio of artwork
Career Opportunities

Upon the successful completion of this course you will also have the opportunity to progress on to one of our Extended Diploma or Foundation Diploma qualifications which offer subject specialist study. Some learners may choose progress to employment in the creative industries at technician level.

Course Progression

After successful completion of the one year diploma you may choose to progress onto the second (extended) year of a Graphic Arts, Photography or Fashion & Textiles programme. Alternatively you may choose to study on our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which offers specialist tuition in a range of specialist areas including Fine Art, Illustration and 3D Design. Extended and Foundation Diploma qualifications will prepare and guide you through the UCAS application process, enabling you to make successful applications to a wide range of degree programmes with the creative arts.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Art and Design Level 3
Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design
LevelLevel 3
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £5,421


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