Level 3 Diploma Art & Design

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code R01SPL3AAD101
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Level 3 Applied General Diploma in Art and Design is a two-year course designed to build on your knowledge and skills in art and design and introduce you to the extensive range of creative disciplines available to you.

This practical, hands-on course encourages creative thinking and problem solving through the application of art and design skills, knowledge and technical understanding. You will develop critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art and design.

The first year will provide an opportunity to experiment with a range of disciplines within art and design including fine art, illustration, animation, textiles, 3D design and digital art. Learn creative and technical skills that will develop your understanding and application of visual language.

The second year will encourage you to specialise in a particular discipline and to further develop your skills and knowledge in this area, building a dynamic yet focused portfolio of art and design work.

You will work on a range of exciting and varied projects individually and as part of a team. These projects will include personal projects, work experience and live briefs for external clients. You will produce work to be exhibited at an end of year exhibition and will be encouraged to enter your work into national competitions.

Our team of specialist practitioners will support you in your development as artists by providing you with a foundation of technical, creative and academic knowledge to progress successfully into higher education in a creative subject or gain employment in the creative industries.


You will develop a range of skills including:

  • Explore a wide range of disciplines within art and design including fine art, illustration, animation, textiles, digital design and 3D design.
  • Investigate a wide range of skills and processes within art and design including, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, model-making, digital art, screen printing and laser-cutting.
  • Explore the principles and fundamental theories of art and design.
  • Explore the skills required to specialise in a particular area of art and design practice.
  • Learn industry standard software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Animate.
  • Develop a creative and focused portfolio for progression into Higher Education or work in the creative industries.

How will it be delivered?

Your course assessments may include:

  • Assessment is by a range of tutor assessed practical coursework assignments and a project-based exam.
  • A portfolio of Artwork.

Your next steps...

Once you have completed the course you can progress on to a wide range of Higher Education courses with us including:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • BA (Hons) in Fine and Applied Art
  • BA (Hons) in Fashion
  • Progress on to an alternative, creative based course at UCR or any university.