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Diploma-Extended Diploma in Art and Design - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 Vocational
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North Devon Campus
Two years

If Art is your thing and you think you would like to make a career out of it, then this is the full time level 3 creative course for you. In a dedicated studio space you’ll experiment with materials and techniques from disciplines as diverse as Drawing, Painting, Fashion, Animation, Printing, Graphics, Illustration, Photography, Textiles and 3D, to name but a few.

Within this course, I have had the opportunity to figure out what inspires me, and what I want to achieve as an artist in my own right. I have learnt how important it is to be confident and proud of the work I produce. - Jack, 2018 Extended Diploma in Art and Design Graduate. Progressed to Product Design @ Central St Martins.


Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of industry experienced lecturers will introduce you to concepts and artists that will inspire your creative journey and challenge the way you create, think and write about art.

Opportunities for gallery visits, a London trip to National Exhibitions and an Erasmus exchange to Berlin, encourage and foster an inquisitive and innovative approach to learning.

In a fast paced and a lively studio atmosphere you will soon discover where your career is heading; the majority of our learners who graduate from the Extended Diploma progress onto Creative University courses directly after this course because their portfolio is abundant with high quality work that is personal to them and focused on their future aspirations.

An increasing number of our graduates are now taking advantage of the new apprenticeship scheme to head straight into creative employment.

After completing a one year Diploma in Art and Design learners progress onto our second year where they complete the Extended Diploma. Our Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma is accredited by University of the Arts London, and is equivalent to three full A-levels, or a maximum of 168 UCAS points.
If you want to become a talented, confident creative professional, then the journey starts here!
Assessed work will be graded Pass or Fail until the final major project, which will be graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Fail.

The course is assessed through coursework portfolios. All assessed work is scheduled to strict deadlines over the course of the programme, failure to submit work on time can affect the overall grade awarded.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5/4 or above, or equivalent, including English Maths, or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design. You will also be asked to provide a portfolio of recent artwork showing your skills and interest in art and design and reflecting your chosen specialism. All applicants should have completed an art and design related GCSE.
Many Petroc students choose to progress to specialist degree courses in art and design, either here at Petroc or elsewhere. On successful completion, students progress to university courses, freelance work, apprenticeships and work placements. Application through UCAS, portfolio development and interview preparation are all completed alongside the course.
Work experience includes opportunities to be involved in live industry briefs, public exhibitions, open events, running workshops, self-promotion, visiting artists' talks, and national competitions!
Whatever your plans in life, whether you decide to study further, go on to work or an apprenticeship, or set up your own business, your qualification will be your passport to success in the next stage of your life.
We have two large-scale, purpose-built, art studios where students have their own personal work areas. In addition, we have specialist workshops and facilities to support each of the specialist areas:
Fashion/textiles - industrial and domestic machines, mannequins, print and constructed textiles
Graphics illustration - full suite of apple mac computers with industry-standard software for graphics, image making, film and animation
Fine art - painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, photography
3D crafts - mixed media, glass, wood, stitch and metal facilities
You will be required to purchase materials, and pay for workshops and trips.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Who is the course for?
A: Anyone who wishes to further their art and design education and has a strong desire to pursue a career in any of the art and design industries. You will need to be innovative, creative and motivated. You will have an open mind and be prepared to explore and experiment within the structured yet flexible course.

Q: What can this course lead to?
A: This course can give you the opportunity to build a portfolio to progress onto university in specialist areas such as graphics, illustration, photography, fine art, sculpture, painting, arts practice, 3D, crafts, fashion, textiles, interior design, fashion promotion and styling, animation, film, multi-media design and theatre costume.

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