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Art and Design Level 3 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

You will explore units such as design methods, fashion visualisation, multi-disciplinary work, illusion techniques, photography, developing and realising fine art ideas with contextual studies and painting and Mac skills.

Year 2 is more specialised and you choose from two pathways - Fine Art or Design.

Course content

The courses have specialist units, which enable you to study particular areas in depth. These units can include activities such as historical and contextual understanding, working with a wide range of techniques and processes to develop ideas and concepts for visual communication.

Further units may integrate assignments related to: • 

  • Design Methods •
  • Professional Practice •
  • Computers in Art & Design •
  • Specialist Contextual Investigation •
  • Print Making •
  • Painting •
  • Fashion Visualisation •
  • Exploring Textiles/Surface Pattern •
  • 3D Design •
  • Developing and Realising Fine Art Ideas/Presenting Fine Art Work

Entry requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, ideally including English and Maths but not essential (or an equivalent related qualification). Alternatively a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject (Merit or above). Also a portfolio of artwork.


The assessment of all work on the programme is a continuous process. All units are assessed and graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Future opportunities

The qualifications are valued by Universities and Colleges.  The range of Higher Education courses include studies in:

  • Entertainment Crafts/Costume Design
  • Fashion  Marketing, Communication and Fashion Design
  • Design/Crafts
  • Photography/Illustration
  • Fine Art
  • Textiles/Surface Pattern
  • Interior Design
  • Animation
  • Architecture
Related careers
Artist Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.
Actor, entertainer or presenter Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.
Arts officer, producer or director Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.
Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.
Graphic designer Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.
Product, clothing or related designer Product, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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