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Art and Design L3 Diploma: Double Award Y1 at East Sussex College

Course description

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to give you a work-focused alternative to A Levels. They’ve been designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to you. This will enable you to develop your research, practical and creative skills as you work, both independently and with colleagues, to progress through your qualifications.The course comprises of 12 units. The first year covers a broad range of art & design skills, including 2D and 3D work, as well as the opportunity to use traditional and modern media, materials and technology. You will understand key trends, movements and events in the context of a chosen art or design discipline and identify areas of personal interest. You will be required to investigate artists and/or designers and use this to develop an idea for a personal piece of creative work. Towards the end of the year you will be required to plan, research, develop ideas and produce a quality outcome for a specialist art or design brief.In the second year you will be required to work on both a Fine Art and a Design project. Towards the end of the year you will be advised in the identification of your strength and a potential pathway to produce outcomes for the Centre Devised Project. There is the opportunity to undertake specific specialist pathways in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design. Working on these pathways will allow candidates the opportunity to focus on a particular skill and knowledge base that enables them to develop a specialism in a particular industrial or business context. The course will conclude with you exhibiting and presenting your work.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

There are no subject specific entry criteria for this course


The course is the equivalent of 2 A Levels.This is why it is also known as Art & Design Double Award.Assessment is by practical 2D/3D coursework, visual & written critical research, projects and written case studies/essays. The purpose of assessment is to ensure that learners have the opportunity to demonstrate they can meet each assessment criterion to achieve the learning outcome. Learners are given the opportunity to access the full range of grades, i.e. Pass, Merit and Distinction. All the work is internally assessed, with the marks being moderated twice a year by an external Moderator. Following moderation, and if the external Moderator agrees with the grades awarded, certificates are then issued by the examination body for any achieved units and full qualifications. The qualification is graded: PP, PM, MM, MD, DD, DD*, D*D*

Future opportunities

This course is suitable for learners wishing to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in Further Education (F.E.) and Higher Education (H.E.) in Art and Design as well as learners studying in preparation for employment in Art and DesignThe main choice of progression is enrolment onto a one year Art & Design Foundation.

Further information

This course is Sussex Downs College's replacement for the Art and Design Double AS/A2 level courses, which is no longer available for funding.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 April 2017
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