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.
It 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 our four specialist pathways: Fashion/Textiles, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, and 3D Design.
There are different disciplines within each pathway: in Fashion & Textiles, you could specialise in fashion design, costume design, fashion styling promotion, textile design, design craft or surface-pattern design. Fine Art includes painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and film. Graphic Communication offers graphic design, typography, video, concept art, illustration, animation, advertising, editorial design and photography. 3D Design includes product design, spatial design, interior design, architecture, design craft and theatre design.
You will also develop relevant employability, communication, and writing skills, and be guided through the UCAS application process if applicable. 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. Other students go directly into employment or apprenticeships.
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