Entry requirementsA minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above preferably including English and Maths (grade 4). Alternatively, a Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit grade in Art and Design. You will be invited to an interview to show your portfolio of work.
What will I study?We have an experienced, excellent staff team who cover a wide range of specialisms on this exciting two year programme.
The Extended Diploma in Art and Design is made up of 13 units and enables students to study a wide range of Art and Design activities before specialising in the second year in one of the key areas of Fine Art, Graphics, Illustration, Photography, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design.
The second year of this course has the advantage of merging with the Art and Design Diploma in Foundation Studies group.
Through drawing projects and experimental workshops you will experience a variety of new art and design media and techniques. This will allow you to broaden your own visual experience so that you can make an informed choice of specialist area in your second year. You will extend your art and design skills by working in printmaking workshops, photography studios, Apple Mac suites and 3D workshops.
Throughout the programme there are visits to galleries, workshops, museums, exhibitions and places of specific interest to extend your awareness of the wide range of contemporary creative activity. The art and design history programme is an integral part of the qualification and supports your work in the studios and workshops.
As an optional part of the programme we also offer an exciting opportunity to take part in residential study trips. One of these may be an overseas visit to a European city, reflecting cultural excellence in the visual and applied arts. In addition, some students may take part in live projects with local industry.
How will I be assessed?All units are assessed and graded throughout the course towards an overall grade for the qualification. Progress is monitored by your personal tutor throughout the two year programme.
CostsThere is a student contribution of approximately £75 a year towards materials. This is to be paid at enrolment.
Residential trips both home and abroad are an important part of the course but are optional. The cost varies and is dependent on current rates for the destination.