This two-year course* is an attractive alternative to A-levels, and provides a transformative 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.
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, you will specialise in one of four pathways: Fashion & Textiles, Fine Art, Graphic Communication and 3D Design.
A number of different disciplines are considered within each pathway, for example: in Fashion & Textiles you could focus on fashion or costume design, fashion branding or textile design. Fine Art can include painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation. Graphic Communication can include graphic design, comic and concept art, illustration, animation, creative advertising, photography and filmmaking. 3D Design can include product design, interior design, theatre design, design crafts and architecture.
You will also develop important employability and communication skills, and be guided as to the career opportunities within the creative industries. Students benefit from an enrichment program of visiting professionals, competitions and live/simulated briefs. Upon successful completion of all units, the overall grade for the qualification will be achieved through the assessment of a final unit of course work and is the equivalent of three A-levels.
*Our previous Extended Diploma in Art & Design course was revised to be more coursework based with a focus on preparation for progression into the creative sector. We have therefore renamed the course to Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication to encompass the new modules.
This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.