This two-year course is an attractive alternative to A-levels, and provides a vital bridge between school and university. It offers students who have an interest in the visual arts the chance to explore and develop their creativity within a specialist, stimulating and supportive environment, with access to specialist staff and workshops.
The course has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to help you to discover your talents and strengths in a wide range of visual disciplines, allowing you to specialise in one of four specialist pathways: Fashion & Textiles, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, and 3D Design.
There are different disciplines within each pathway: in Fashion & Textiles, you could focus on fashion design, costume design, fashion styling promotion, textile design, design craft or surface-pattern design. Fine Art can include painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography and film. Graphic Communication can be graphic design, typography, concept art, illustration, animation, advertising, editorial design, photography and film. 3D Design includes product design, spatial design, interior design, architecture, design craft and theatre design.
You will also develop important employability and communication skills, and be guided as to the career opportunities within the creative industries. Upon successful completion of all units at the end of the course a final grade will be awarded which is the equivalent of three A Levels.
Our students typically go on to secure places on degree courses and pursue careers in areas that have included: animation, illustration, graphic design, film, advertising, fashion design, fashion branding, surface pattern design, photography, architecture, product design, sculpture, concept art and fine art.
The Extended Diploma in Art & Design has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry quality mark, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. www.creativeskillset.org/pickthetick